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Stu’s first look at the Rab Meridian Jacket

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 16/04/2020 14:10:51

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The NEW Rab Meridian Jacket: First Impressions

Stu from the Exeter Shop takes a look at Rab’s new solid, lightweight jacket with Gore Paclite plus waterproofing.


I have been lucky enough to try the latest Gore-Tex jacket from Rab, the Meridian. This is the first Rab jacket using Gore-tex’s updated Paclite plus fabric.

I really wanted to try the new Paclite plus fabric out for the last couple of seasons. For those who don’t know about Paclite, it was a fabric developed by Gore to give you a lightweight emergency shell jacket, and it was always very good at this, you could keep it scrunched up in your bag, and if you got caught in some seriously foul weather, you could rely on it to keep you dry. If the previous Paclite fabric had one issue, it would be the coating on the inside, when you wore the product for a longer period of time it could become very clammy from a build-up of condensation, it did not feel as breathable as other Gore fabrics because of this coating, even though it was, also the coating was not very durable and would often start to peel away. They had to sacrifice the absorbent and durable scrim lining you get in 3 layer products to keep the weight and pack size down. This is simply not the case with Paclite Plus, this is still a two-layer product but with an updated more rugged and dry touch lining. Paclite plus is an excellent waterproof system.

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The Meridian features a beautifully finished 40D nylon face fabric
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When I received the Meridian I knew this was a premium jacket, it has a lovely 40d nylon face, and excellent athletic cut, wired peak, pit zips, and a high spec finish. Turn it inside out and you can see the attention to detail in the seams and zips. Much better than Rab before Gore. It comes with a stuff sack too, which is neat, seeing as the reality is this jacket will spend most of its time in your bag and only come out when the heavens open. Rab quotes 340g for the weight, which is by no means light compared to a lot of products, but you have to remember this is designed as a reliable and durable mountain shell, not something for an ultra-distance runner. It is still much lighter than something like the Rab Latok which is 580g. And this will offer similar levels of protection. And if you are mostly out in fair weather I know which I’d rather carry.

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I have not had the chance to give the Jacket the test I wanted to yet, but so far I can remark that the fit is very good, plenty of length in the body and the arms to give you protection from the rain, a roomy fit across the shoulders and chest so you can get it on over layers, and arm movements also aren't hampered, you can feel Rab's alpine pedigree here. The hood has plenty of volume and when cinched in feels like it would offer great protection from wind-blown rain. I am also very impressed with its breathability, having used it in warm conditions I have not found it too hot or particularly sweaty inside.

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Fore such a solid jacket, the meridian has an outstanding pack size, fitting into the included bag easily.

I think that this will be a great all-rounder, and I’m looking forward to testing it further, I am a die-hard Paramo fan and the Meridian could not be any more different than my Alta III. I can see this taking its place in a lot of my long-distance walks where weight matters!

Shop for the Meridian Jacket HERE

WHEN IT IS SAFE TO ONCE MORE VENTURE OUT ONTO THE HILLS, THERE WILL BE A FULL MERIDIAN REVIEW COMING SOON!

Take a look at the Rab Clearance HERE


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This review was written by Stu, assistant manager of the Exeter Shop. As well as several other treks in Scotland, Stu has also been backpacking in New Zealand and twice taken part in the Hilleberg Outdoor academy in Sweden. He is often out wild camping with his German Short-haired Pointer, Hunter by his side.

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