The Rab brand is renowned for producing outstanding quality clothing and sleeping bags, suitable for extreme cold environments and high altitude mountaineering.
When Rab Carrington started making sleeping bags in Patagonia over 30 years ago, he did so to pass time and earn a few bob while he was waiting for customs to release his climbing kit. A talented climber, Rab spent much of the 1970′s on ground breaking expeditions around the world and in doing so gained the best education possible to understand what climbers needed from their kit.
The original ethos of Rab remains core to current product development; a strong focus on using functional designs and high quality fabrics to produce premium gear for mountaineering and
So all of that said, what strikes me is well thought out design and materials that make comfortable well fitting clothing. For example, when you are stranded on a peak in a white out the only thing you care about is whether your clothing is built to take the rigorous abuse that the mountain can dish out. Rab is built to take the extremes. Touches like the wire brim, helmet compatible hood on the Neutrino Endurance Jacket and the air permeable Pertex nylon facing add to the function of this piece. But what really works for me is the way this outerwear feels when you try it on. Don’t be alarmed that the zipper seems backward, the company was born in the UK. Sold only in core mountaineering shops like Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works!