Rab Enters the US Outdoor Market with New Lightweight Jackets, Bags

New lightweight eVENT and PrimaLoft jackets, and an upgrade to the classic Rab Top Bag.

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by Will Rietveld | 2007-01-29 23:42:00-07

Overview

Many of us are familiar with Rab, the UK company that introduced the Top Bag and catalyzed the development of the great lightweight and ultralight backpacking gear that we have today. Up to now, Rab gear has not been readily available in the US. Through an arrangement with an intermediary, Rab will be entering the US market and we can purchase their products in-country at competitive prices.

When we visited the Rab booth at OR, it was like finding gold, along with lots of long-term and friendly expertise to back it up. They had a few surprises for us in the form of two new eVENT jackets, a lightweight PrimaLoft jacket with Pertex Quantum shell, and an updated Quantum Top Bag.

Rab's lightest eVENT jacket is the new Drillium (photo with front and back views). It weighs 12.4 ounces, which is slightly heavier than Integral Designs' 10-ounce eVENT Jacket. The Drillium is a shorter cut with a dropped tail, but it's not as short as the Integral Designs jacket. The 3-layer fabric is basically the same. The extra weight is distributed in the longer length, zippered side pockets, roll-away adjustable hood, and inner pocket. I especially liked the angled side pockets that are mounted high so a hipbelt doesn't cover them, and the fully adjustable hood. The MSRP will be $275.

The Super Dru is an eVENT mountaineering jacket with a longer cut and abrasion resistant reinforcements in high stress areas. Except for its longer length and a helmet compatible hood, its feature set is similar to the Drillium. The weight is 14.1 ounces and MSRP will be $325.

Rab's new Generator jacket, smock (worn by Steve Nelson, BPL's new Winter Systems editor), and vest feature PrimaLoft 1 insulation and a Pertex Quantum shell, with weights of 13.4, 12, and 10.2 ounces respectively. The jacket has 100 gram PrimaLoft 1 in the body and 60 gram in the sleeves, the smock has 60 gram PrimaLoft 1 insulation, and the vest has 100 gram PrimaLoft 1 insulation. Each has two hand warmer pockets, one chest pocket, and hem drawcord. MSRP will be $150, $140, and $100 for the jacket, smock, and vest.

Finally, Rab's classic Top Bag has been upgraded again. Over the years we have reviewed it on two occasions, each time providing some input for improvements. Rab has embraced our suggestions and invited us to look at it again.

We are pleased to see Rab enter the US marketplace, and look forward to using their products.


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Rab Enters the US Outdoor Market and Introduces Some Exciting New Products on 01/29/2007 23:42:02 MST Print View

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Aaron Granda
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Re: Rab Enters the US Outdoor Market and Introduces Some Exciting New Products on 01/30/2007 09:55:23 MST Print View

Man,I'd like to see that 12 gram smock!

Einstein X
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Locale: The Netherlands
Re: Re: Rab Enters the US Outdoor Market and Introduces Some Exciting New Products on 01/31/2007 04:24:20 MST Print View

"Rab's new Generator jacket ...... and vest feature PrimaLoft 1 insulation and a Pertex Quantum shell, with weights of 13.4, 12, and 10.2 grams respectively. The jacket has 100 gram PrimaLoft 1 in the body and 60 gram in the sleeves"

:D Man that's a good product. 100 g PL + 60 g PL = 13,4 gram jacket, that's innovative! Do you think they used antimatter to produce the primaloft? :+

Kevin Lane
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Locale: western NY
Re: Rab Enters the US Outdoor Market and Introduces Some Exciting New Products on 01/31/2007 20:56:53 MST Print View

who is carrying this line?

Benjamin Smith
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Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: Re: Rab Enters the US Outdoor Market and Introduces Some Exciting New Products on 01/31/2007 20:57:50 MST Print View

Don't we all wish! Thanks for the heads up - it's been changed to "ounces."

Richard Nelridge
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Locale: Eastern Pennsylvania
Rab Enters the US Outdoor Market and Introduces Some Exciting New Products on 01/31/2007 21:57:51 MST Print View

Rab makes some really nice clothing and other gear. I look forward to seeing their products sold here in the US.

Rich

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Rab Enters the US Outdoor Market and Introduces Some Exciting New Products on 01/31/2007 23:41:21 MST Print View

Watch for a full review of the Rab Summit Extreme tent (made of eVENT) coming out in the next month or so.

Great stuff!
Doug

Thomas Knighton
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Locale: Southwest GA
Rab in the US on 02/01/2007 04:02:53 MST Print View

I'm pretty stoked about Rab stuff being available in the US, especially their top bag! I'm looking forward to seeing what all they have out and about for us to drool over :D

Tom

Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Re: Rab in the US on 02/03/2007 07:43:26 MST Print View

13.4 grams for an insulated jacket -- gad, my brain was shutting down after 4 nights of writing into the wee hours!

Yeah, I was really impressed with the Brits. These guys really know their gear, and are very progressive.

Sales in the US will be through a few select dealers (like ProLite Gear), and online in the US operated by an intermediary. You will pay competitive US prices and normal shipping, avoiding extra shipping charges from the UK.

John S.
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Re: Rab in the US on 02/03/2007 11:49:36 MST Print View

The top bag has been available for a few years at mandatorygear.com

Andy Dixon
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Rab Summit Extreme on 02/05/2007 05:19:13 MST Print View

I'll be very interested in Doug's review of the Summit Extreme tent as I bought one a couple of months ago and haven't had the chance to use it yet! (aside from setting it up in the lounge...)

Brett .
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Locale: CA
Will, 13.4 oz, not "grams" right? on 02/05/2007 06:13:57 MST Print View

..I look forward to your review.

Nikolas Andersen
(nsandersen) - MLife
Rab quality on 02/07/2007 13:33:30 MST Print View

Rab gear is good in my experience and less marketing-driven (well Rab Carrington is a mountaineer), on par with smaller/specialist US companies. I can certainly recommend their Latok jackets and Quantum sleeping bags - the latter are much like the Marmot H/He/Li.

Al Shaver
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Locale: High Sierra and CA Central Coast
RAB Top Bag on 02/08/2007 01:07:37 MST Print View

I paid the exorbitant shipping and custons fee to import a top bag a few years ago. After discovering that the insulation ended on the sides before the bag reached the ground and therefore didn't seal, I sold it on this site. I read other similar reviews. I hope that this is the issue that they addressed in their redesign.