Rab Ascent (2014)

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 it can be worn over a helmet or just on a head, and it fits both very well. It also has a wired peak. There are two external zipped pockets and one internal pocket. The whole package feels very warm and cosy, and is ideal for settling down around a tent or just heading out into the snow to build a snowman. But the drawback is that it’s also a notch heavier than some other insulated jackets at 890g (size L). Its price is very good for what you get, though, with most jackets around this price being less warm or lacking the water- resistant materials of the Ascent. The Rab Ascent is a superb jacket if low weight is not the number one priority but staying warm is.

Outer Pertex Endurance
Insulation 330g of 650+ fill power hydrophobic down
Weight 890g (size L)
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-16
www.rab.uk.com

 

Verdict

The The Rab Ascent was the best jacket for water-resistant down performance in our test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2014