Rab’s first jacket to use Polartec’s all-new Neoshell membrane. It’s this element that is really key to the jacket’s uniqueness. It claims to be much more breathable than other membrane equivalents. In use that certainly seems to be the case, and even on hard ascents on cold days there was no trace of condensation. Aside from the stretch fabric, this has the usual hallmarks of a well-built mountain jacket. The hood is decent with a wire-reinforced peak and it’s plenty large enough for those with big heads, or wearing helmets. It also cinches down to size well with one-handed adjustment. The extra-long collar at the front is great at keeping the wind and chill out, with a fleece lining that means you can bury your face in it.
Materials: Polartec NeoShell
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01773 601870; www.rab.uk.com