Rab Men's Stretch Neo Jacket

Priced: $399.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 7 reviews.
Rab Stretch Neo Jacket
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The Rab Men's Stretch Neo Jacket is a high quality, lightweight jacket built for runners, hikers, or bicyclists. The exterior shell is constructed with the lightweight PolarTec Neo stretch waterproof fabric to keep you warm without weighing you down, and the hood is made to fit under a helmet with a built-in wire peak to help visibility. Rab provides their standard top-notch features for the Stretch Neo, including YKK Aquaguard front zip with internal storm flap and chin guard, 2 external Napoleon Aquaguard zip pockets, 2 internal mesh pockets, double exit hem draw cord, and Velcro adjustable sleeve cuff tabs. For those who are most active at night, this men's jacket also is equipped with reflective trim for added safety. This medium cut jacket allows for maximum movement, which is necessary for all outdoor sports. The Rab Men's Stretch Neo Jacket is the perfect piece for men who take their active lifestyle seriously, and recognize the need for quality gear.

FEATURES of the Rab Men's Stretch Neo Jacket.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Rab Men's Stretch Neo Jacket.


  • Hemline drawcord helps you seal out cold from below
  • Velcro cuffs, hem drawcord
  • Double exit hem draw cord
  • Polartec NeoShell 3L fabric with stretch
  • Lightweight Polartec Neo Shell stretch waterproof fabric


  • Tricot-lined collar


  • Helmet compatible hood, wired peak, roll down Velcro tab


  • Helmet-compatible hood accommodates protective gear

Weather and Wind:

  • 2-way front zip with internal storm tab and rain drain
  • DWR coating sheds moisture


  • 2 external Napoleon YKK Aquagard zip pockets
  • Two zipped internal mesh pockets
  • YKK Aquagard front zip with internal strom flap and chin guard


  • Velcro adjustable cuff tabs
  • Polartec Neo Shell stretches without compromising on ability to weather the elements
  • Medium cut
  • 50d/50d
  • Reflective trim enhances visibility during low-lighting situations
Backcountry Edge

Constructed from Polartec NeoShell, the Rab Men’s Stretch Neo Jacket is not only lightweight and waterproof, but also extremely breathable and stretchy. This combination makes the jacket ideal for winter trekking, alpine climbing and skiing. The Men’s Stretch Neo Jacket membrane allows air to pull moisture vapor out of the garment, so you remain drier and more comfortable throughout a wide range of activities at different exertion levels.


The Rab Stretch Neo Jacket is made with a lightweight Polartec Neo Shell stretch waterproof fabric. It is designed to be highly breathable, waterproof, windproof, and stretch for active comfort.

The Rab Stretch Neo Jacket provides a winter-ready technical option for your vertical adventures. Hack your way up an ice flow or barrel down a steep chute, your grin hidden only by fresh snow flying past your face. Softshell technology never saw this kind of treatment before.
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Also available for: Women
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Fit:Regular Fit
Hood:Yes; Adjustable
Insulation Material:N/A
Item Weight:18.0 oz
Liner Material:N/A
Material:Polartec NeoShell: 100% Nylon
Material Technology:Polartec NeoShell
Number of Pockets:4
Pockets:2 Zip External Pockets, 2 Zip Internal Mesh Pocket
Recommended Use:Snow Sports/Alpine Climbing
Seam Taped:Yes
Shell Material:Polartec Neoshell 3L
Type:Waterproof/Breathable Soft Shell Jacket
Warranty:Lifetime Limited
Weight:1 lb 1 oz / 480g
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Rab Stretch Neo Jacket Reviews:


I have had this jacket for about six months now and have had a lot of opportunities to test Polartec's tall claims on breathability. I hike up my ski resort for training in the mornings so staying dry is crucial to being comfortable when around zero degrees fahrenheit. I have tried many jacket systems softshells work very well to keep the sweat out but only work moderately well if you score a nice powder runs and you are still cooking on the inside of the jacket. Gore tex works great to keep the moisture out but I have taken my Gore Tex Pro shell off after a good morning workout and sweat was literally dripping down the inside of the jacket and I was wet and frozen all morning.
The Rab Stretch Neo is the best alpine jacket I have ever owned! My base and midlayers are always dry or just slightly wet even after 4000 ft in elevation and 1200 calories. The jacket is soft, stretchy and breathable like a soft-shell but fully water proof like a traditional shell. The features Rab included are also superb the pockets are perfectly placed out of the way of your pack and the same waterproof material is used inside the pockets so you don't loose warmth or get wet from your gloves or anything else wet you put inside. The hood is simple fits well over a helmet and cinches down great. The high collar is great when it's windy. Best of ll the sleeves are long for those of us with a possessive ape index so you can easily reach and not expose your wrist. Most other Polartec Neoshell jackets have a fleece lining which can limit your layering ability this one does not big plus in versatility. Their is nothing not to like about this jacket if high energy alpine endeavors are your thing.

David West at Backcountry.com on 01/14/2013

Compelled to write a review after a season, this is the best shell I have used to date. Used this for ski mountaineering in all types of weather - winter through spring. I was looking for a way to cut a layer out of my pack. I used to carry an insulating outer jacket, softshell and hardshell. Had heard Neo Shell was super breathable and gave it a try. I don't pack my softshell now and haven't looked back. This will keep the rain or snow out, it's fully waterproof so works as my hardshell. It does breath very well (so much so that you will feel some draft from a strong cold wind through it - similar to Polartech Power Shield). I've even worn this skinning up a slope and been very comfortable which surprised me (as I used to strip off to bare bones to avoid sweating). Fit is athletic, I'm 5'11 190 and large fits great. Has held up well and looks almost new so far. I'm an Arcteryx fan, but this RAB is a keeper, definitely would buy again if i lost it. Highly recommend.

tob100638749 at Backcountry.com on 12/13/2012

I live in Hawaii. That being said I wasn't expecting a jacket to breath as well as I need. If hiking / cycling in 75-80 degree humid weather and exert energy; no jacket can get rid of that kind of sweat.
However; this jacket blocks wind very well keeping you warm even when the inside is wet. It also doesn't "wet out" in heavy rain which makes it great because the rain would be wetter than the sweat inside.
Overall: Great jacket. Can't wait to try it for what it was made for. Quality also seems high (I beat the crap out of my gear).

brandonwhi303907 at Backcountry.com on 06/05/2012

This jacket is great for ski touring. Wore it on a warm-up 1700 ft skin today, and it vented super well. It was fairly cold (~20F) and was able to keep it on and zipped, without feeling sweaty. The sleeves faster well over the top of my gloves.

Steve Brain at Backcountry.com on 09/05/2012

This is my favorite shell. Breathes well, has some stretch and very durable. This is now my go-to shell for multipitch ice and alpine climbing. Keeps you warm, but breathes well. I'm 6'3", 190 lbs. and the XL fits great. The blue color is really nice looking.

Ryan Hamilton at Backcountry.com on 04/08/2013

and one of the best Neo shell garments out there. Nice weight shell with enough body to block the wind as well as being water proof. Pefect hood with a helmet, extra long sleeves and a nice slimb fit to stay out of the way.

Dane at Backcountry.com on 11/06/2013

This is an awesome jacket! I wore it on an expedition in Nepal and was very impressed. The best performing jacket I have ever worn. Check out my full video review of this jacket here:

BackpackersReview.com at Backcountry.com on 03/03/2012