Rab Shadow Hoodie (2014)

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 regularly to combat heavy rain, such as on mountain trips in the UK. The fabric also has Hardface Technology, which means it’s more durable and more water-resistant than standard fleece, which is just the job for mountaineers. The jacket itself is designed with two chest pockets that are ideally located for easy access while wearing a harness or rucksack. The hood has no adjustment, but it did fit me fine. There are thumb loops on the cuffs too. The main zip also gets an internal flap to keep the wind at bay. Overall the Rab Shadow Hoodie had a closer fit and warmer comfort level than say the Mountain Equipment Shroud, but for me it can feel too warm sometimes, so this isn’t necessarily an advantage. Ideal for cold temperatures or those who feel the cold a little more. It’s higher in price and heavier than the Shroud, though.

Specifications:

Material Polartec Windpro
Men’s/unisex sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-16
Weight 603g (size L)
Hood yes
External pockets 2
Website www.rab.uk.com

 

Verdict

The Rab Shadow Hoodie is an ideal fleece jacket for colder or windier conditions, but as the hood has no adjustment make sure it fits before buying.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2014