Rab outdoor gear
Rab are a British brand focused on using functional designs and high quality fabrics to produce premium gear for mountaineering and polar travel. As a result, the Rab name has become a common sight in the world's most extreme locations for more than three decades, with a real history in manufacturing down products.
Rab Carrington originally started making sleeping bags in Patagonia over 30 years ago, the reason being that Customs had held all his gear! As a result, Rab have unparalleled expertise when it comes to sleeping bags and down clothing. This shines through to this day, with their use of high fills and poineering developments such as Rab Hydrophobic Down. A skilled climber, Rab was born from Carrington’s passion for the mountains, something that shines through in all their products. Traditionally based in Sheffield, (though manufacturing starts in China) Rab still stuff their down products here in Blighty. Talk to any mountaineer, and they still have images of little old grannies stuffing sleeping bags with just a little extra down - something Rab do not deny!
For the discerning mountaineer, Rab products are unusual, well regarded and guaranteed to perform whether you are Hiking, Climbing or Cycling. From the use of eVent fabrics in their jackets to the high quality down they uniquely source themselves, Rab products stand as a testament to British mountaineering.
Use the Cirrus Wind Top in windy conditions when you need that bit of extra wind resistance. Climbers, cyclists, runners and fast & light enthusiasts should all have one of these.
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For an active day this coat is hard to beat, I have several coats Goretex, softshell and everything inbetween, the rab vaporise has become my goto coat, easy to wear, does its job , there is nothing about it I don\'t like.
I am 177cm 10+ stone and the small fits me perfectly,
Highly recommend this coat and Webtogs ,
Webtogs is a brilliant shop always a good shopping experience.
Helmet Compatible jackets have hoods that are compatible for use with a helmet. The hood allows four-way movement so never inhibits your vision while reaching or stretching in awkward positions.
Quick drying Items use fabrics which are known for their quick drying properties ideal for travel towels, walking trousers, climbing pants and outdoor equipment.
eVent fabrics get their unique properties from a proprietary and patented waterproof membrane. Its unique composition allows millions of tiny pores to breathe at their full potential. Sweat vents directly to the outside of the fabric in one easy step. Event call this Direct Venting Technology. Its genius is hidden in its simplicity. eVent fabrics simply let the sweat out.
Pertex develop new, lighter, stronger and more technical fabrics for brands to use on their outdoor clothing and equipment. Pertex is used on items which range as far as down sleeping bags to lightweight waterproofs. Pertex have a range of fabrics which each has it's own area of expertise.
Polartec are the fleece insulation giants. Polartec also have developed fabrics such as Alpha, NeoShell, Power Stretch, Wind Pro, Thermal Pro and Power Dry. Each of these fabrics have their own specific use and have been integrated into outdoor products which has enabled items to be perfect for certain conditions, altitudes and activities.
PrimaLoft One is the highest performing synthetyic insulation on the market for warmth, water resistance, softness and compressibility. PrimaLoft One is an ultra-fine microfibre insulation that is as warm, soft and lightweight, and is warmer wet or dry than all other insulation.
850 Fill Power Down is at the top end of the market, offering exceptional warmth to weight ratios. 850 fill power is rare and expensive but gives expedition level performance and heat retention.
800 Fill Power Down is at the top end of the market, offering exceptional warmth to weight ratios. 800 fill power is rare and expensive but gives expedition level performance and heat retention.
750 Fill Power Down is high quality down which offers lightweight warmth and low pack size. High quality down gives lower weight but higher heat retention than lower fill power down.
600 Fill Power Down is mid range in the down market and it offers great warmth to weight ratios. Perfect for use in cold weather clothing and equipment.
Polartec Wind Pro fabrics are extremely breathable yet provide 4 times more wind resistance than traditional fleece. This is the new super fleece that spans an incredibly wide range of conditions; performs as both outerwear and insulation; and offers exceptional durability
Pittards Leather. Enhanced abrasion resistance, preventing wear and tear on contact surface for increased durability. Superior grip and exceptional dexterity and flexibility.
Pertex Equilibrium is the fabric used on high activity garments due to it's ability to transport moisture away from the skin to the outside of the fabric where it evaporates, so helping with body temperature regulation, hence Equilibrium
Pertex Microlight offers some of the softest and lightest fabric in the Pertex range; essential when grams and ounces count.
Pertex Quantum technology is the lightest of the Pertex fabrics and it shows the best strength to weight ratio. Pertex Quantum is windproof and withstands the abuse of hardcore use. Perfect for use in construction of lightweight wind shells.
Pertex Quantum technology is the lightest of the Pertex fabrics and it shows the best strength to weight ratio. Pertex Quantum is down proof and withstands the abuse of hardcore use.
Pertex Endurance technology incorporates an ultra-thin membrane with a durable nylon face fabric. This layer is so thin that it hardly adds any weight, nor does it affect the softness of the material considerably.
Pertex Shield + offers a lightweight, tough, waterproof and breathable fabric perfect for use in construction of outdoor clothing. It's low weight and high breathability make it top of the technical fabric manuacturers.
Pertex Shield provides the perfect balance of waterproofing, breathability, wind and water repellency with flexability and a lightweight construction.
Polartec NeoShell is the latest in softshell technology. NeoShell provides the protection of a hard shell with the breathability and mobility of a soft shell - it also has the added bonus of being warmer and 100% windproof.
Polartec Power Shield fabrics feature a smooth, tightly woven nylon face for abrasion resistance equal or superior to the best shells, but without the stiffness and noise. A polyester velour back traps air and provides a high warmth-to-weight ratio.
Polartec Power Dry fabrics feature body-hugging 4-way stretch and are very breathable. They keep you dry when you sweat and provide warmth without weight. These are the most versatile outdoor and fitness apparel fabrics available today.
Polartec Power Stretch fabrics feature body-hugging 4-way stretch and are very breathable. They keep you dry when you sweat and provide warmth without weight. These are the most versatile outdoor and fitness apparel fabrics available today.
Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft fabrics take insulation to a new level by maximising warmth without weight, compressibility, and breathability. They're the most technically advanced of the Polartec insulation fabrics, achieving the utmost versatility and performance under extreme conditions. This level of performance is critical when you're skiing, backpacking or rock climbing.
Polartec Classic is the most commonly used Polartec Fleece in the outdoor market. It comes in 100, 200 and 300 weights. The higher the rating the warmer the fleece. Classic is resistant to colour fading, pilling and comes out like new, wash after wash.
Polygiene Stay Fresh. This a treatment added to fabrics in order to create a barrier against odour emitting microbes which build up after use. It's a naturally occurring anti-microbial formula so it's safe for you and the environment.
Matrix SW is a fabric which is woven together in a single weave pattern so to give great wind protection and durability.
Matrix SWS is a fabric which is woven together in a single weave pattern so to give great durability, stretch and wind protection. It makes a perfect material for outdoor use where weather conditions can be changeable.
Matrix DWS is a fabric which is woven together in a double weave pattern so to give great durability, stretch and weather protection with added DWR for moisture beading.
Polartec Alpha is the latest evolution of synthetic insulation offering a rare combination of lightweight warmth and true breathability in insulated style garments.
Rip Stop is a lightweight nylon fabric with interwoven rip-stop reinforcement threads in a cross hatch pattern. It's woven with a coarse, strong warp and filling yarns at intervals so that tears will not spread. Rip-stop is used in construction of hot air balloons and yacht sails but in this case very effectively on outdoor clothing.
YKK Zips are used for their robust and water resistant properties. YKK uses the combination of locking teeth together and a PU coated strip to create a barrier between you and the elements.
UPF is the Ultra-Violet Protection Factor that you receive from your clothing. The higher the number the more protection from the suns harmful rays you achieve.
Thumb Loops are becoming a great feature of jackets, fleece and baselayer because it allows you to connect with the garment as well as wear it. Thumb loops prevent the sleeves from riding up so preventing any discomfort and they also help keep the heat in.
Angled Foot Box: sleeping bags with this feature have been made to fit your feet so that you can lie in a natural position, making it more comfortable, also reducing compression of the down and reducing heat loss.
DWR. Durable Water Repellent, is a coating added to fabrics to help add to their water repellency and shed water and snow more effectively.
Articulated: products which have articulated sleeves or knees simply mean that the construction of a joint has been manufactured to fit the natural ergonomics of your body therefore increasing the range of movement and flexibility.
Garment packs into it's own pocket to take up less room in your pack and can easily be accessed when needed.
This garment Packs down Small and comes with it's own stuff sack so it packs small to take up less room in your pack and can be easily accessed in case of a downpour.
Pit-Zips are under-arm zipped vents, designed to allow the wearer of a waterproof jacket to quickly shed excess heat and improve air circulation, without having to remove the jacket.
Combination Down Construction - High Altitude and Expedition down gear tend to use a combination of box walled and stitch through construction to reduce heat loss and spread the down evenly across the product while keeping the down in place. Combining the two construction techniques and the finest down create the warmest and and most effective heat retaining products.
Lightweight products feature lightweight materials and constructions to reduce the user’s load and aid mobility. Lightweight clothing products are thin and provide very little or no cushioning and insulation. They are best used for high-intensity or warm-weather pursuits, or employed as part of a layering system.
650 Fill Power Down is mid range in the down market and it offers great warmth to weight ratios. Perfect for use in cold weather clothing and equipment.
Leather is a durable and hardwearing but also an elegant and flexible material. It is a natural product, so it breathes which means it is extremely comfortable footwear. It can be moulded, split, shaped and finished into numerous textures and patterns.
Made partly or entirely from man-made or synthetic materials. These enables the manufacturer to select materials to suit the objectives of their product, for example to achieve light weight, high breathability, or abrasion resistance.
Fitted with an adjustable Wrist Leash, which can be tightened around the wrist, preventing the loss of a glove or mitten when not being worn. This also enables the wearer to remove their hands from gloves or mittens to rapidly perform intricate tasks, without having to hold them or stow them in a pocket.
Modular is a method of constructing gloves or mittens with distinct layers, that can be separated to wear independently, or worn together, depending on weather conditions. Thin liners provide next-to skin comfort, and can be worn on their own in moderate conditions, whilst thicker insulating and/or waterproof outer gloves/mitts can be put on over the top should the weather get more extreme.
Under Helmet: features a hood or other headwear designed to be worn comfortably under a helmet for climbing, snowsports or cycling. A less obtrusive alternative to over-helmet designs, well-suited to lightweight windproofs, waterproofs or mid-layers.
Abrasion Resistant garments are constructed from highly durable high-denier fabrics, designed for use in challenging conditions where garments are exposed to high levels of scuffing, scratching or rubbing. These garments will hold up to abrasion from rock, ice and sharp outdoor equipment better than those made from thinner, lighter materials.
Dexterous gloves have been designed and tailored for maximum freedom of movement and dexterity, allowing the wearer to perform essential tasks without having to remove them. This is an important feature of many cold-weather mountaineering and snowsports gloves.
Stretch garments are constructed from fabrics that allow varying degrees of stretch, providing additional freedom of movement. Useful in highly mobile pursuits where movement must not be inhibited.
Garments with an Adjustable Hood feature draw cords with toggles or other adjustment mechanisms, to change the size and shape of the hood to better fit the head of the wearer. Such hoods usually adjust independently around the head, and around the face, for a snug fit and optimum weather protection.
Ultra-Light products are the lightest of their kind on the market. They use the lightest materials and construction techniques available, to produce products dedicated towards achieving a featherweight load and unencumbered performance.
Heavyweight garments are the thickest and warmest in their class, and are best suited to use in low-intensity pursuits in cold temperatures. Heavyweight socks and base layers for instance, would be best worn on cold-weather expedition or mountaineering excursions.
Midweight refers to products of intermediate weight or thickness, providing moderate levels of cushioning and insulation. They are best used for pursuits in cool weather, or to provide moderate support and protection for the feet in the case of Midweight socks.
Features reflective detailing in the form of trim, logos or toggles, to enhance the nighttime safety of the wearer. A valuable feature on running and cycle jackets in particular.
Box-Walled Constructed down garments and equipment allow for an even distribution of down throughout, eliminating cold spots between baffles. Box-walled construction is more commonly used in sleeping bags and expedition down gear.
Stitched-Through Construction: down garments and equipment constructed using a stitch through construction which helps keep down in place and reduce clumping. This construction is used mostly on mid to low weight down items.
Water-Repellent Zips are coated with a PU layer to increase the water-repellency of the zip and garment overall. This reduces the need for an external storm flap, saving weight in the process.
B0 Boots and shoes are not crampon compatible. Intended for walking and trekking, whether in the hills or at low level; these are the ideal boots for 3-season comfort here in the UK. For winter mountain walking and mountaineering, a crampon-compatible boot (B1+) is better suited.
Down has been treated in a water-repellent solution to enhance down water resistance, improve dry time, and enable loft to be retained far longer in wet conditions than untreated down. In short, hydrophobic down is not as sensitive to getting wet, so is a great improvement over untreated down in unpredictable real-world conditions.
The NeoAir All Season mattress is one of only 9 products chosen for the first-ever Editors’ Choice Snow Award from Backpacker Magazine in 2011, given to cold-weather season products in recognition of outstanding innovation in design, materials and performance.
Pertex Shield is a new technology for Spring 2014, which offers the lightweight breathability of Pertex Shield +, but with the added durability of a three layer laminate. This widens the applications for Pertex Shield +, making it better suited for more prolonged wear in rugged mountain environments.