There are some design differences to the fabric, both the new and old RAR jackets are Twill and DWR (durable water repellant). The new version is slightly softer and more flexible but the fabric is matte. The inside satin lining is also quite matte compared to my Bordeaux Drama one. I like the slicker satiny lining in mine because it makes it easier to layer items underneath. My Bordeaux Drama isn’t glossy on the outside at all but it has slightly more sheen which makes it look more saturated in color. The fleece at the chin and collar is grey in my RAR and the plum one has a plum fleece. The zipper track on the inside iphone pocket is raspberry glow inside the new Right As Rain.
All in all, I think if you missed out last year and where hoping to pick one up, the new version is just as nice as last years but has some subtle changes. Fit wise, its TTS. The areas that may cause fit issues on sizing down is if you have wider hips, or if you have a larger bust or shoulders. The size 10 on me allows me to layer a thick swearer underneath or my down Turn Around Jacket. The size 8 is comfortable but I probably wouldn’t be able to layer a thick scuba underneath, probably just a thinner long sleeve. It would also need to be unzipped at the bottom a bit when sitting down.
Bordeaux Drama size 10, Plum size 8