|Sample garments from Rab|
Postman delivered a couple of bits and bobs from Rab today which are interesting.
First up a sample waterproof jacket featuring Polartec© Neoshell© and a new baselayer made up of merino wool and Cocona®.
I’m heading off back out to the Peak District in a couple of days and the weather’s looking a bit damp, shall we say – so it will be good to test the sample garments out.
The Stretch Neo jacket features Polartec© Neoshell© fabric, a waterproof and breathable shell which looks like a rival (on paper at least) to eVent® – so, I’m not too sure where this all fits in with the rest of Rab’s range of waterproof shell products seeing as they are made up of the latter.
|Better than eVent®?|
The jacket is only a sample but it’s got a nice cut and shape, fits just right (size large for me), and the usual Rab features. Wired peak hood, waist drawcord, long at the back, deep storm flaps under the main zip and useful pockets which sit almost up on your chest. Plus, the slightly over long sleeves for ease of movement etc along with velcro cuffs.
I’m a big fan of eVent® – so it will be interesting to see how the two fabrics compare.
Next up, is a new baselayer from Rab – long sleeves, collar and chest zip – made up of 65% Merino wool and 35% Cocona®. You can see the thinking behind it – a top to keep you cool or warm while regulating your body temperature better and keeping you ‘dry’ shall we say. ie, a quick drying merino wool top.
However, I’ve been using a long sleeved top from Chocolate Fish over the past couple of months – which is 100% pure merino wool (bloody good top, too). I think Amanda would probably have a lot to say about this Rab baselayer (you can read a feature on the subject of merino wool here). Her thoughts are that such garments where merino and synthetics/alternate fibres are mixed amount to cost cutting (in many cases) along with the question of whether the merino wool is the real deal from New Zealand (a la the likes of Icebreaker). Arguing that merino wool – the real thing – doesn’t need any outside influence whatsoever. That the wool works fine on it’s own and those who have had concerns or problems have been victim to – well, you can guess the rest.
I shall note the thoughts of both sides of the argument, for sure. I can see Rab’s thinking behind the top – after initially pulling it over my head, it’s body hugging and feels good on the skin. So, again we shall see.
And finally, I’ve been testing out the Rab Ridge Raider bivvy for the past couple of weeks or so. So, far it gets the big thumbs up from me. I have some quibbles with it (always some on shelters!), though. It’s not perfect by any means – but it’s performed it’s duties better than I anticipated, even in piss poor weather.
|Absolute bliss last Saturday morning|
So, bring on the rain – I’m filming mostly indoors for the next few weeks, some showers from the heavens above will only do this testing some good!
Oh! By the way, no weights listed – these are only samples. Some changes are likely before the final production line is put into action.