Rab Myriad (2014)

The Rab Myriad is lighter than most in our test at 395g (size L), but you still get the essential features. There are two very large chest-mounted pockets for easy access to maps and gloves on the move while wearing a pack. There is an internal zip pocket too. The helmet-compatible hood has face and volume drawcords. These are about the minimum features you need, but enough if you want to save weight. 3/5

Available for men in sizes S-XXL and for women in size 8-16, this is a similar length to most jackets in our test. The sleeves have a very good fit, though, being slightly closer than some others and allowing exceptionally good freedom of movement without riding up. The hood fits perfectly and moves with the head without obscuring vision. 5/5

The Rab Myriad is made from Polartec Neoshell, a 3-layer fabric that boasts extremely high breathability and has proved itself over the last couple of years to work well on the hills. This is also a thinner, softer and lighter fabric than some others, which may reduce durability, but the result is a softer handle that makes the jacket more comfortable than many other 3-layer jackets. 5/5

In use
In terms of comfort, fit and weight the Rab Myriad is a superb jacket, but you are getting only two external pockets and I’d certainly prefer a third pocket big enough to hold an OS map or a GPS receiver. But the hood is great and everything you actually have here works really well. There are no pit zips, however, so if you like that extra venting control then this model won’t be for you. 4/5

This jacket is a superb price for the features, and you also get the added benefit of low weight. 5/5

The Rab Myriad very good jacket with low weight and high performance, ideal for many hillwalkers. 4.4/5


Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014