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Rab Xenon X Hoodie (2014)

£140.00

FeaturesThe Rab Xenon X Hoodie’s two main pockets and a chest pocket are all map-sized and have zips, although if you wear this with a rucksack you do lose some access to the lower pockets. The hood is elasticated around the face with no drawcords at all, while the cuffs have no adjustment and are simply elasticated. 4/5 FitThere is ...

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Rab Aeon Long Sleeve (2014)

£32.00

FeaturesDesigned to be very light – it’s 94g for a size M – and comfortable, you’d expect features to be lean. But the Rab Aeon Long Sleeve doesn’t do badly: you get flatlocked seams and reflective decals on the back and sleeves, handy for running and cycling as well as night walking. Treated with Polygiene to control odour, it’s also ...

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Rab Vapour Rise Guide Jacket (2014)

£160.00

Exceptionally comfortable and billed as the ‘original’ soft shell, Rab’s insulated Vapour Rise garments aim to be very warm yet extremely breathable. As such they are well-suited – and well-proven as such – to excelling in the British hills in seasons when you really don’t know what’s likely to be thrown at you. The Vapour Rise Guide Jacket is very ...

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Rab Shadow Hoodie (2014)

£135.00

The Rab Shadow Hoodie is made from Polartec Windpro, which is four times more wind-resistant than traditional fleece, but it doesn’t have a membrane inside – and so retains enough air permeability to allow water vapour to escape, thus preventing condensation building up. This fabric is therefore ideal for windier conditions, in places that will still necessitate a waterproof jacket ...

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Rab Ascent (2014)

£185.00

The Rab Ascent is a down jacket with an outer made from Pertex Endurance, which is water-resistant enough that the down is protected from melting snow and tent condensation. Inside the size L jacket is 330g of hydrophobic down, which is better able to maintain its performance when wet than standard down. The removable hood gets a volume adjuster so ...

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Rab Baltoro Alpine (2013)

£150.00

As the name suggests the Rab Baltoro Alpine is designed for Alpine climbing, so it should also be ideal for winter scrambles and mountaineering in the UK. It is made from a heavier weight of Polartec Powershield than the Montane Sabretooth for example, and is generally a very strong construction with triple seams throughout and an incredibly robust feel. The ...

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Rab Ascent (2013)

£180.00

The Rab Ascent is a very popular jacket that provides a similar performance to the Mountain Equipment Lightline but with some valuable additions. Firstly the hood gets a volume adjuster so it can be made to fit well, both over a helmet and on a bare head. It is packed with a little more down than the Lightline, and it ...

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Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Alpine (2102)

£110.00

Rab’s Vapour-Rise range has been firm a favourite with a wide range of users for many years, and it’s generally ideal when you want maximum breathability while keeping the wind and very light showers at bay. With the Lite Alpine there is no membrane within the fabric, so water can get through fairly easily; but this in turn means the ...

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Rab Vapour Rise (2012)

£90.00

The Pertex Equilibrium fabric used in this jacket doesn’t have that stretchy, almost wetsuit-like feel of some soft shells. Instead it uses a looser weave of material. This means the fabric is a little less windproof than some, but a lot more breathable. When walking hard uphill, the fabric is a dream. The inner fleecy layer helps to trap heat ...

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Rab Xenon Jacket (2012)

£155.00

It’s hard to believe that something this light (290g, size 10 – lightest on test) can help keep you warm on the hill. But thanks to the super-light Pertex Quantum used on the inner and outer coupled with the warming quality of the PrimaLoft One insulation, the Rab Xenon Jacket packs heat well above its weight. As soon as I ...

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Rab Double Pile (2012)

£60.00

A heavy fleece and therefore very warm. Double-pile fabric really traps the heat in. That also makes it bulky, however, and this certainly isn’t the kind of garment to tuck away in your pack for emergency use. Although it may not look like it, the face fabric has a water-repellent treatment which means that you can wear the top in ...

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Rab Generator Vest 2011

£75.00

A gilet that packs away into its own inner pocket and can be used as a camping pillow? You’ve got to admit that’s pretty cool. The Rab Generator Vest uses synthetic Primaloft to deliver damp-proof insulation. It doesn’t quite pack the warmth-per-gram punch of down, but it does hold up much better against our typical British mountain weather conditions. The ...

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Rab Sawtooth

£80.00

The Sawtooth is a great example of a performance-driven style of soft shell, although this time without Olympic track-star styling. I didn’t expect the lightweight fabric to be so warm, but during more energetic activity, it really kept the heat in. During a snow-bound jaunt up Snowdon’s Pyg Track, with only a pair of gloves on (and trousers, obviously) the ...

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Rab Infinity 2011

£200.00

Use of the new Pertex 10 denier Quantum fabric ensures that the Rab Infinity is very light indeed. At 484g it is not the lightest jacket, but it provides more insulation, so it is usable at lower temperatures. It uses top-quality down too, which keeps the weight down further. The Infinity hood surprisingly comes without any volume adjuster or drawcords, ...

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Rab Xenon 2010

£150.00

The most needed but least used piece of kit I take on the hill is probably spare insulation. It spends most of its life in my rucksack, but is essential over lunch breaks and when stopping to take in a sunset in winter. So this is one area where going lighter is important, but not at the expense of getting ...

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Rab Exodus

£100.00

The Exodus tries to blur the lines between jacket and traditional soft shell and is useful in most conditions, barring a monsoon. The woven stretch fabric efficiently beads off moisture whilst blocking out the wind well. Although the seams aren’t sealed there is a great amount of weatherproofing in the design. Single-hand operated hem cinch and Velcro cuff tabs keep ...

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Rab Generator Alpine 2010

£140.00

With an emphasis on the Alpine user, as the name suggests, the Rab Generator Alpine is intended to be ideal for use at rest stops, belays and overnight camps, and it has an insulated helmet-compatible hood for when the temperature drops. The Endurance outer protects against light rain and snow. All these features should also make it ideal for backpacking ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rab LS AEON Tee base layer

£25.00

A lightweight top and therefore not as warm as most, but as a dedicated base-layer it’s absolutely superb, being easy to move in, courtesy of ultra-stretchy fabric, and lovely and soft against the skin. It wicked brilliantly and dried in seconds, but it did pong after a couple of wears. An excellent component of a layering system and at a ...

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Rab Baltoro Light

£110.00

It’s not often that an article of clothing ticks all the boxes, but this does. The excellent fabric provides a decent amount of insulation and is also incredibly weather-resistant and very breathable. It has two huge hip/chest pockets that double as vents and the cuffs are fastened with Velcro. Single-handed drawcords adjust the hem, trapping or releasing warmth, and another ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rab Baltora Guide 2008

£150.00

Like a number of jackets here this soft shell is made from Polartec Power Shield fabric, which offers very high levels of wind and water resistance, while maintaining a higher level of breathability than more waterproof fabrics. This top has a little more insulation built in than most, making it ideal for winter action. The jacket is relatively long too, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Rab Photon Hoodie

£100.00

This insulated jacket is a shining example of good, functional gear. The first thing you notice when you put it on is that it feels great to wear. The soft and light Pertex Microlight fabric and the Primaloft fill make the jacket really comfortable and warm when on, which is just the ticket on a cold, blustery crag! After you’ve ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rab Summit

£200.00

The Summit is in a league above most other duvet jackets. It packs 250g of down insulation into a box wall construction for ultimate efficiency, minimal cold spots and oodles of insulation. In short if you feel the cold, go for this as it is warm as it gets. There is also a detachable down hood to make this a ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Rab Ghost

£80.00

This fleece mid layer makes use of Polartec Wind Pro stretch fabric, which has a little more wind resistance than more open-knit fabrics, so you don’t have to don a windproof quite as often. It also feels a little more durable and a little warmer than some other mid layers. Yet it is still very breathable, making it ideal for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Rab Belay Jacket

£130.00

This insulated jacket is filled with Primaloft Sport, the currently popular fast-drying, lightweight and efficient synthetic insulator. A water-resistant Pertex Endurance outer fends off the damp. Weighing in at just 642g (including a16g stuffsack) for a size large, this is the sort of garment that you won’t mind carrying from autumn through winter and into spring, which is essential as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Rab Vapour Rise Smock

£100.00

This soft shell weighs 574g; exceptionally breathable fabric; micro wicking lining adds comfort and insulation; good water repellency; rollaway hood; excellent sleeve movement; map-sized chest pocket; elasticated and Velcro cuffs. But waist pocket easily obstructed; not as durable or water-resistant as others; no stretch.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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