Rab Clothing And Equipment
The Rab clothing, equipment and expedition gear manufacturer and supplier is a UK company and was founded in 1981.
Rab are dedicated to producing gear of the highest quality for climbers and mountaineers who go to extremes in the harshest environments of the world.
Although most of their products are aimed at climbers and mountaineers, some of it is useful for hiking activities, especially in cold weather.
The range of Rab clothing and equipment on offer may have expanded significantly since its beginnings but the core values of quality and performance live on.
Rab clothing includes: jackets, vests, pull-ons, trousers (pants), shorts, base layers, tees, headwear (caps, beanies and balaclavas), gloves (and mitts) and gaiters. Rab equipment includes: sleeping bags, shelters (tents, bivis, tarps and bothies) and packs (backpacks). Rab also have a range of expedition gear.
Take a look at the Rab brand video below:
This 4 minutes 40 seconds video from Ben Winston explains the ethos behind the Rab brand.
The Rab clothing range for men and women is categorized on the website as:
- Synthetic Fill;
- Soft Shell;
- Leg Wear;
- Base Layer;
The categories of Down; Synthetic Fill; Shell; Soft Shell; Vapour-rise; Windshell; and Fleece; actually refer to a range of product types such as jackets, vests, pull-ons, trousers (pants), etc made using different materials and/or technologies.
Rab Clothing – Jackets
Rab have a wide range of jackets such as down, synthetic fill, shell, soft shell, vapour-rise, windshell and fleece. As an example of Rab jackets, take a look at the Strata Jacket, a synthetic fill lightweight jacket with Polartec Alpha® insulation combined with a 20 denier Pertex Microlight outer fabric. This jacket provides wind and water resistance but also allows some through-flow of air to maximise breathability and comfort, setting a new standard in synthetic insulation:
Ideal for mountaineering, alpine climbing, mountain walking or for any activity where warmth and breathability are paramount.
This 3 minute video from BackpackersReview takes a look at the Rab Strata Jacket designed for breathable warmth while hiking or climbing.
Rab Clothing – Trousers
Rab have a great range of pants (trousers) such as synthetic fill, shell, soft shell, vapour-rise, fleece and other materials and technologies. As an example of Rab trousers, take a look at the Vapour-rise Pants with a durable Pertex® Equilibrium® and double weave softshell outer fabric with a standard weight Vapour-rise fleece lining. These two fabrics combine to create a pants that balance weather protection, warmth and maximum breathability:
An ideal pant for UK winter mountain conditions but would also make a fantastic pant for use at altitude or on polar trips where high levels of breathability are essential.
In this 1 minute 16 seconds video by gooutdoorstv they introduce the Rab Vapour-rise Guide Pants (trousers) for winter hiking conditions where high levels of breathability are essential.
Rab have been making sleeping bags since the company first began. Today, the Rab equipment range is categorized on the website as:
- Sleeping bags;
- Shelters (tents, bivis, tarps and bothies); and
- Packs (backpacks).
As an example of the quality of Rab equipment, listen to this video the range of Rab sleeping bags:
This 2 minutes 9 seconds video by EpicTV looks at Rab Sleeping Bags including: Expedition, Andes, Neutrino Endurance, Neutrino, Infinity, Ascent and Ignitions ranges.
Rab Expedition Gear
Note that Rab also have a range of expedition gear which includes: Suit, Jacket, Salopettes, Pants, Windsuit, Mitts, Boots, Slippers, Socks, Barrier Socks and Kitbag. This gear is amongst the warmest available in the world today and is designed specifically for use at high altitude and in Polar regions.
If you want to find out more information about hiking jackets or trousers in general, such as the benefits and features of hiking jackets or trousers, then read our guides on hiking jackets or trousers.
If this brand is not what you are looking for then find out about more hiking brands here!
If you want to read more here are some useful resources:
- The Rab company website.
- The Rab Extreme YouTube channel.
- The Rab Vimeo video channel.
- About Rab on Wikipedia.