Rab Drillium 2010

‘Best in Test’ in Trail since 2007, the Rab Drillium multi-activity jacket is made from eVent, which is rated as among the most waterproof and most breathable of fabrics so it can control condensation well even when you’re working hard on a bike, say. The tail is a little longer to protect the lower back when bent over handlebars. The arm movement is great, too, which is ideal for climbers and scramblers. The two chest pockets are huge so you can stuff a guidebook and map away yet have easy access to them while biking or climbing, for example. The pockets are large enough and situated in a way that allows them to be used to warm the hands too, even while wearing a climbing harness. The pockets are sealed so they won’t leak, unlike mesh pockets. The hood can be rolled down and secured at the collar when biking or climbing. When worn on the head the hood benefits from excellent fit and movement plus a wired peak. But you could potentially get some leakage from the Rab Drillium’s front zip as it does not have an external stormflap. Mesh pockets would be better for ventilation and to save weight when running for example. Reflective piping would be useful, particularly when biking.

Outer eVent
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-16 (women’s)
Weight 402g (L)
Made in China
Stores in UK 60

The Rab Drillium is an excellent all-rounder but runners would benefit from a lighter jacket. It won ‘Best in Test’.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010