RAB's Charge Jacket uses the highly respected Pertex Shield+ but this time with stretch. A neater hood than helmet compatible ones and two high set chest pockets complete this impressive shell.
Rab says: The Charge Jacket is a stripped-down waterproof jacket, using a stretch Pertex Shield+ fabric, designed for light-weight and packable all round protection.
Key features include an adjustable hood with roll-down closure, YKK AquaGuard zips throughout, and an integrated stuff sack for packing the jacket away.
The Charge Jacket is made using high quality Pertex Shield+ fabric with stretch, which offers high levels of breathability, lending this jacket to long days walking on the hill or as an emergency piece when climbing in wet conditions.
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RAB's Charge Jacket is made from Pertex Shield + 2.5Layer fabric with a stretch component woven into it. Pertex Shield + has an excellent reputation as a super lightweight waterproof and breathable fabric so we know this jacket is going to perform well.
The Charge jacket differs from the Spark (which is a similar jacket) by having stretch in the fabric, a smaller hood and a different pocket arrangement, making it more suited to a trekking application. The fabric also feels noticably softer than the standard Pertex Shield+.
The garment is well designed with a technical, fully adjustable hood, water resistant zips throughout and velcro adjusted cuffs.
2.5 layer fabric is not as durable as 3 layer but its a key part of getting the fabric this light - so backpacking through days of rain with a 20kg pack is probably going to overwhelm it - but if you're packing light and don't expect to be wearing a waterproof constantly then the Charge could be a good choice.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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