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Rab Firewall Jacket

3 Layer Pertex Shield+ with Stretch / 20,000mm HH, N/A MVTR
Weighs 484g (Medium size)
Code: SS16129
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UOG TOP PICK - RAB's Firewall Jacket - Mid-Weight, durable Backpacking Jacket - We've singled out RAB's Firewall Jacket because it's longer than average with really long pit zips that track almost to the wrist - this makes it ideal for backpacking as it can be vented superbly so that you don't need to keep putting it on and off as conditions vary. Add to this a durable 3 layer fabric and features that don't interfere with a rucksack hipbelt and you have an excellent hiking jacket.

RAB's Firewall Jacket is a mid-weight shell that offers stretch, durability, breathability and a full feature set at an impressive 480grams.

Rab says:

New for Spring/Summer ’16, the Firewall Jacket is a fully featured, stretch waterproof jacket in a breathable Pertex Shield + 3-layer fabric, ideal for active use in alpine and winter conditions.

Using an innovative new venting system, including full-venting YKK AquaGuard Escape Artist pit zips, the Firewall Jacket offers complete protection in wet environments, whilst the stretch fabric and highly breathable design provides high levels of comfort when active.

Technical features include waterproof YKK AquaGuard zips throughout, a helmet-compatible hood and a regular fit to comfortably allow layers underneath.

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When it comes to design the quality manufacturers have got waterproof shells sorted and RAB is one of the best. Choosing a jacket then comes down to fabric and features. Rab's Firewall Jacket uses a 3 layer Pertex Shield+, as its three layer this means that its a bit more durable than 2.5 layer garments that only have a scrim covering over the inside face of the membrane.

Not all Pertex Shield+ is the same and this one has stretch, that makes for a more comfortable fit, this will be especially apparent if you are (say) scrambling part of a route, or if you're pegging out a tent in the rain. Its got good waterproof ratings and although breathability isn't quoted Pertex Shield+ is pretty good in all its forms.

Feature wise there's a fully adjustable hood and three good pockets. The main zip is backed by an internal flap for comprehensive protection and the velcro cuffs have the anti-snag version that will protect your other layers.

The pit zips are interesting as they start at the pit seam and track down the inside of the arm almost to the wrist. This will vent the arms better than it will the upper body area, but it makes them easier to operate.

The Firewall is a good all purpose shell that should be comfortable, high performing and relatively durable (given its low weight).

Look out for the drainage holes on the front of the jacket, these are for the pockets to expel any water that might get in there. A handy feature for sure, but a bit unsettling when you first find holes in your new Rab jacket.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

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UOG TOP PICK - RAB's Firewall Jacket - Mid-Weight, durable Backpacking Jacket - We've singled out RAB's Firewall Jacket because it's longer than average with really long pit zips that track almost to the wrist - this makes it ideal for backpacking as it can be vented superbly so that you don't need to keep putting it on and off as conditions vary. Add to this a durable 3 layer fabric and features that don't interfere with a rucksack hipbelt and you have an excellent hiking jacket.

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  • New Pertex Shield+ 3L fabric with stretch
  • Helmet compatible hood, wired peak and brushed-tricot lined collar with roll down anti-snag velcro tab
  • 2-way YKK AquaGuard front zip with dual internal storm flap system
  • 2 YKK AquaGuard Zipped A-line chest pockets with rain drain holes
  • 1 YKK AquaGuard zipped large Napoleon pocket with rain drain holes
  • Full venting YKK AquaGuard Escape Artist pit zips
  • Anti-snag velcro adjustable cuffs
  • Hem drawcord with cord retainers
  • Reflective trim
  • Small weighs: 466g
  • Medium weighs: 484g
  • Large weighs: 508g
  • XLarge weighs: 526g
  • XXLarge weighs: 546g
  • Fit: Regular
  • Centre back length: 79cm/31inch (size L)
  • Pertex Shield+ 3 layer fabric
  • Hydrostatic Head: 20,000mm
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