New for this winter, the Rab Mountain Dru is a more durable and longer version of the Rab Super Dru. So it is made of a tougher version of eVent fabric with further extra reinforcement on the shoulders, sleeves and hem. The jacket is not incredibly long, but it’s longer than some others here such as the very similar Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph.
You get three great chest pockets that are large enough for guidebooks and maps while leaving room to warm hands. These pockets are sealed, too, so even when the exposed zips leak you’ll still be dry inside the jacket. The main zip is protected by an external stormflap, so it shouldn’t leak as easily as more exposed zips.
The hood has a wired peak and moves well with the head. You don’t get pit zips, and as the pockets are not mesh-lined you’ll need to use the main zip for venting. But for many, the Rab Mountain Dru should be ideal, though that extra length and extra degree of durability means this jacket has a higher price tag than some as well as weighing in a little heavier (626g, size L). There’s no women’s version.
Weight 626g (men’s L)
Sizes men’s S-XXL
External pockets 3
Wired hood yes
Side vents no
The Rab Mountain Dru is ideal for the hillwalker who is looking for a little extra durability and a little extra length while being prepared to have a jacket that weighs more. It won the ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011