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Rab Waterproof Jackets: The Good, the Better and the Best

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 27/01/2021 17:57:31

Rab Waterproof Jackets: The Good, the Better and the Best

With such unpredictable weather, a waterproof jacket really is essential in the UK. Our most beautiful outdoor spaces such as the British national parks, peaks, and coastlines are at the top of this list as often some of the most alterable environments. We’re not the sort to let a little soggy weather prevent us from getting out on the hill and trail and firmly believe that the right jacket for you and your intended activities can turn even the most torrential days into some of the very best. Unfortunately during this time with our stores closed, it is very difficult to get an idea of the key differences within our range so we are going to take some time this week to discuss the waterproof jackets within some of our most popular brands, today we will be highlighting Rab. Founded by world-renowned mountaineer and company namesake Rab Carrington in Sheffield, this British brand has been an outdoor industry leader in innovative, solid and well built garments and gear.
Amongst all of our Rab jackets, you will find solid construction ready to take on rough terrain day after day. People who go with Rab really fall for their garments and it shows because one of Rab’s main mission objectives is to make well performing, dependable gear perfect for its chosen activity which you would rather repair than replace. A very refreshing motto in today’s outdoor market.
In truth, despite the title, there is no absolute good, better, or best for every chosen activity. What we’re looking to accomplish is to help you make your mind up on what is best for your needs. If you are looking for a new waterproof coat, think carefully about where you’ll be taking it and what you’ll be doing in it. An ultra-lightweight and packable jacket may not stand up well to many years climbing mountains but similarly, an alpine optimised high denier technical jacket may prove unnecessary and perhaps even cumbersome when faced with daily strolls along woodland pathways or up the local footpath with the happy pomeranian dog in tow.

Good: The Rab Downpour + Jacket

Lightweight, breathable and a superb jumping off point, this is a jacket you can rely on everyday for walking to work or rambling the hills. It is constructed from 2.5L Pertex Shield, a lightweight and packable protection for everyday general use. Waterproof, windproof and highly breathable, this jacket has all the essential features for comfort and practicality.
Built with essential features such as a helmet compatible, adjustable hood paired with a peak for weather protection. A roll down, anti-snag hook and loop tab enables you to pack the hood away when not in use. The YKK AquaGuard front zip is backed by an internal storm flap for wind protection. Two YKK AquaGuard zipped, A-Line pockets keep your essentials close and two YKK AquaGuard pit zips provide ventilation without compromising on protection. Hook and loop adjustable cuffs and a hem drawcord helps you to get the perfect fit.
The Downpour Plus packs down into its own left-hand pocket, making it the perfect lightweight protection layer to carry with you in case of unexpected rain showers.

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Better: The Firewall Jacket and the Womens Arc Jacket

The Rab Men's Firewall is a fully featured, versatile and stretch waterproof jacket designed for year round active use.
It is constructed from Pertex Shield, a soft, 3-layer fabric with stretch that delivers lightweight and packable protection. Waterproof, windproof and highly breathable, this jacket will offer all day comfort.The helmet compatible hood is paired with a wire peak for protection against the weather and a roll down anti-snag hook and loop tab enables you to pack away the hood when not in use. The 2-way YKK AquaGuard front zip is backed by an internal storm flap and finished with a fleece lined chin guard.A YKK AquaGuard zipped Napoleon chest pocket and two YKK AquaGuard zipped, A-line hand pockets are large enough to store all your essentials. Two YKK AquaGuard pit zips offer ventilation without compromising on protection.
The regular fit comfortably allow layers underneath and the anti snag, hook and loop adjustable cuffs and hem drawcord enables you to get the perfect fit.


For women we have the terrific Arc Jacket, constructed from Pertex Shield, a 3 layer fabric that focuses on softness, minimal weight and high levels of wind and water protection, while still remaining breathable. The adjustable hood is paired with a wired peak for unrestricted vision, and a roll down, anti-snag hook and loop tab keeps the hood out of the way when not in use.
The front YKK AquaGuard zip is backed by an internal storm flap and the two YKK AquaGuard zipped, A-line hand pockets are carefully positioned, so they are accessible, even when wearing a harness.The regular fit, anti-snag hook and loop adjustable cuffs and hem drawcord ensure a comfortable fit.

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Best: The Rab Kangri GTX Jacket

Now we come to a proper mountain and trekking jacket.

This well featured, waterproof and breathable jacket is constructed using GORE-TEX Classic technology for all round protection.
Designed for all round mountain use, the Rab Kangri is made from 3-layer GORE-TEX waterproof and breathable technology to ensure you stay dry and comfortable all day long.
The regular fit makes it an ideal layering piece. The fully adjustable mountain hood features a wired and laminated peak for unrestricted vision, and a roll down hood tab keeps the hood out of the way when not in use. The YKK AquaGuard VISLON front zip is backed by an internal storm guard to keep out the wind and the fleece lined chin guard offers next to skin comfort.
Two-way, YKK AquaGuard pit zips allow for full venting without compromising on protection and the anti-snag hook and loop cuffs, and elasticated hem and waist drawcord - with one hand adjustment - help to keep the elements out. An internal zip secure pocket and two YKK AquaGuard zipped hand pockets with internal securing clip keeps your essentials close.

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