The Mountain People

Their story began in 1981 in the attic of a small, terraced house in Sheffield where Rab Carrington made the first sleeping bag to bear his name. Hand-stitched and devised with his own ingenious eye, Rab's experience from years spent in the mountains was apparent in his designs, and soon there was popular demand from Rab's friends and the growing local climbing community.

But things didn't stop there. Word soon spread, and the Sheffield attic became a factory floor, creating sleeping bags and jackets for customers far and wide. Now, decades later, those honest, hard-wearing designs can be found all over the world; wherever adventurous individuals face up to the elements. From Himalayan peaks to cold, crisp evenings around a camp fire. This began as Rab's story, but it also belongs to those who've loved and cared for each and every one of their products. Who've made them their companions on long trips and expeditions. Rab's journey continues and their invitation is always open, join them and share the experience. #WeAreRab

New Jacket and Pants in RAB's breakthrough PROFLEX fabric

Last year RAB introduced us to their new breakthrough fabric - PROFLEX, a highly breathable (35K MVTR) yet fully waterproof (10K HH) shell fabric that breathes like a softshell but keeps the rain off like a hardshell. For Spring/Summer 2019 RAB have introduced a new jacket, the Kinetic Alpine, and  matching pants - also called Kinetic Alpine, with matching garments for women.

We know this fabric works because we've tested in in Iceland and Scotland, the pants are VERY interesting because they can be worn as normal trekking pants yet will be fully waterproof against the rain - gone are the days when you can't decide whether conditions warrant over-trousers or not.

RAB are onto something here, this is what they say:

A breakthrough in technology, the Kinetic Alpine Jacket will change the way you dress for the mountains. This fully waterproof, highly breathable and stretchy jacket is a radical re-approach to protective yet comfortable clothing systems. Perfectly combining the soft, flexible nature of a softshell with the protection and durability of a hardshell, the Kinetic Alpine is made from Rab’s own Proflex™. Contouring to your body shape it wicks away any sweat generated on steep ground, making it’s easy to forget you are wearing a waterproof until the showers roll in.

 

Honed for the alpinist, particular attention has been paid to the features, ensuring it has everything needed for long days in the mountains. Reinforced ceramic print overlays in high wear areas removes the need for bulky patches, increasing durability without hindering stretch. While a helmet-compatible hood, YKK AquaGuard zips, fully taped seams, adjustable cuffs and hem ensure high functionality for the mountains. Light and highly packable, a small stuff sack aids easy storage in a pack or clipped to harness.

 

Features

  • Proflex™ stretchy, breathable and waterproof fabric with tough nylon face
  • Ceramic print overlays on hood and sleeves
  • High gauge knit wicking lining
  • Helmet compatible hood with laminated and stiffened peak
  • YKK® AquaGuard® Vislon® front zip with internal storm flap
  • YKK® AquaGuard® zip A-line pockets
  • Internal zipped pocket
  • Concealed drawcord adjusters on hood and hem
  • Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
  • Stitch-free hem and cuffs for comfort
  • Fit: Slim

 

Redesigned NEUTRINO PRO Sleeping bags replace Neutrino Endurance

RAB's Neutrino and Neutrino Endurance sleeping bags have a huge reputation but Spring 2019 sees the culmination of three years hard work to get the absolute best performance out of the materials used. The baffles now have a chevron shape which acts to funnel the down to its correct position as you shake the bag out prior to climbing in. This has also allowed RAB to put one less baffle line into the construction of the bags - saving 10grams of weight.

There has also been an obsessive focus on the down chambers themselves, ensuring the chamber size is matched to the down volume to achieve the most efficient loft and therefore insulating value.

In line with new branding from Pertex the new names for the sleeping bags are NEUTRINO PRO, using Pertex Quantum Pro fabric (previously Endurance) offering a highly water resistant outer.

Redesigned NEUTRINO bags - New baffle shape

RAB's Neutrino and Neutrino Endurance sleeping bags have a huge reputation but Spring 2019 sees the culmination of three years hard work to get the absolute best performance out of the materials used. The baffles now have a chevron shape which acts to funnel the down to its correct position as you shake the bag out prior to climbing in. This has also allowed RAB to put one less baffle line into the construction of the bags - saving 10grams of weight.

There has also been an obsessive focus on the down chambers themselves, ensuring the chamber size is matched to the down volume to achieve the most efficient loft and therefore insulating value.

The NEUTRINO bags are made using Pertex Quantum fabric maximising breathability.

We are the kindred spirits. We are the fellowship hewn from granite and grit. We are the restless, the persistent, the plain stubborn. We are the strivers for perfection, the vanquishers of ghosts. We are forgers of dreams, crafters of comfort. We are the smallest detail and the simplest innovation. We are the hand-stuffed sleeping bag, the sharpest needles. We are the stories in every seam, the memories in every piece. We are the weathered jacket, the borrowed kitbag, the huddle of a storm lashed tent. We are the warmth of companionship beneath icy skies. We are the clink of tin mugs in the shivering dawn. We are the smell of fresh rain at sunrise; of embers at sunset. We are the voices that spur you on. We are the stokers of the flame. We are the fibres that entwine us all. We are the bond stronger than any rope. We are the mountain people.

We are Rab.

Feel your Pulse - New for 2019

Next to skin layers are a fundamental aspect of the layering system. For Spring/Summer 2019 RAB have introduced the Pulse Hoody, Long sleeved zip top, Tee and Tank.


Pulse baselayers/fleece


Lightweight and fast drying, the Pulse LS Zip is a versatile technical base layer, ideal for multi-day climbing and trekking trips. Designed for active use, the Pulse LS Zip is a fast drying technical long sleeve zip tee with Polygiene® STAY FRESH odour control treatment. Made with lightweight Motiv™ fabric, the microactive low bulk seams ensure strength and softness next to the skin while 30+UPF offers sun protection. Featuring a deep venting chest zip for temperature regulation and thumb loops, this is the perfect technical layer for multiday adventures over the summer months.

 

NEW Calient Trekking Pants and Shorts

Trekking pants with full features at 265g, includes removeable webbing belt - but you can use your own - Matrix Softshell fabric - excellent reputation and performance.

 

Water resistant and quick drying, the Calient Pants are very lightweight pants perfect for trekking and hiking in warmer conditions. Made with lightweight Matrix™ fabric with DWR, the Calient Pants have knee articulation to allow movement and reinforced back hem for increased durability. UPF 30+ provides protection from the sun. In a slim fit with double snap waistband closure and zipped fly, the Calient Pants feature one zipped thigh pocket and two zipped hand pockets. The left hand pocket doubles as a stuff sack, making these the ideal lightweight pants for multi day trips and and trekking in warmer climates.

 

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