The fit is regular to slim but not super tight which allows you to wear a few layers underneath and a few layers over top when needed. I found this to be a perfect layer for ice and mixed climbing. It is also very light and weighs in at 610 grams. I have also used the Arc'Teryx Gamma MX Hoody in the past which is a similar soft shell but is heavier weighing in at 685 grams.
The fabric they used is called Polartec® Power Shield® and it is breathable, water resistant and wind resistant. It is very stretchy and allows for great free movement when climbing. I have been wearing it rock climbing while working Dreamcatcher 5.14d, in Squamish BC, and it does not inhibit my movement at all.
The hood fits over my helmet for cold belays and is easily adjustable to secure it to your head. The hood also has the Rab patented wire brim which allows one to shape the brim as needed.
It is lined with a thin layer of fleece which makes it warm enough but not too warm as a layering piece when ski touring. There is fleece is on the inside of collar as well which is nice on the face when the conditions get a bit rough. I find it to be more breathable than the Arc'Teryx Gamma MX Hoody, which is great when slogging uphill.
If I could change one thing about the Revolver jacket it would have to be the breast pockets. They are located at the midline of the jacket which is great for poping your cellphone in and out of but not very good if you need to warm up you hands. But the pockets are great if you are wearing a layer over top, you can easily access the pockets with an unzip of the outer jacket zipper.
- Stretchy fabric that moves with you
- Good layering piece
- Helmat comparable hood
- Weather and wind resistant
- Regular fit
- Light weight
- No hand warming pockets
If you are looking for a new soft shell jacket that is very versatile, comfortable, and stylish then you should seriously consider the Rab Revolver. You will not be disappointed, I guarantee it!