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 weight of this gilet is kept to a minimal 290g (size M) through the use of a Pertex Quantum shell, which is windproof and also reasonably water-resistant. There is a generous chest pocket – big enough to accommodate an A5 guidebook or folded OS map – and also two hip pockets, although neither of the latter have zips. We liked thoughtful touches such as the brushed fleece chinguard and the adjustable drawcord hem, and the fit was good on our medium-sized tester.
Overall, the Rab Generator Vest offers great three-season insulation, although you may find you need something a bit warmer for the cold winter conditions.
Size S-XXL (men’s); 8-16 (women’s)
Weight 290g (size M)
Outer fabric Pertex
Water resistance medium
Wind resistance high
The Rab Generator Vest is best for wet weather.
First published in Trail magazine September 2011