Rab's New Spring 2011 Kit

Soft shell, wind tops and a bargain soft-shell top at a 'pick-up price'.

Posted: 17 March 2011
by Jon

Sawtooth Jacket
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Sawtooth Jacket

The men's and women's Sawtooth jackets use an unbranded, lightweight, double-weave soft shell fabric made to Rab's own requirements. Double weave means that the structure of the fabric is different on the inside and outside of the material.

The inside is an open weave of quite chunky fibres, while the outside is smoother, more tightly knit affair. The end result is that moisture is drawn mechanically outwards to the outside which has the greater surface area.

It gives wind resistance, has a DWR treatment to shed light rain and, thanks to a 10% Spandex content alongside the 90% tough polyamide, is stretchy too.

The jacket itself is quite simple with a neat collar and harness-friendly Napoleon pockets. If you run warm, stuff like this works brilliantly in our experience. Gives adequate weather protection, but still breathes and wicks really well. Weight is claimed at 475g for the men's version and 395g for the women's.

Both men's and women's versions are £90. We like the look of the henna-coloured version which Neil from Rab is generously modelling for you...

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Im linking the look of the Blue Cirrus Wind Top with the red vips!!
Dose anyone know where/when i can get my hands on one?

Posted: 18/03/2011 at 12:41

James Cotswold Outdoor seem to be one of the first retailers to have the new Rab items in stock.  I purchased a Boreas Pull On from them recently and they also have the Cirrus Wind Top.  They have also recently launched a "explore more" card which is a kind of loyality card that gives a 10% discount may be worth looking into.  Cotswold also give 10% discount on all orders to Ramblers members and the shop I purchased my top from gave me 15% off for being a YHA member.

Posted: 18/03/2011 at 12:55

Checking RABs website, you won't Think that must be a rogue picture of the alpine jacket, which is still a windshirt style thing but a bit heavier and rather more featured. The hood cords are a bit of a give away I think.

(I think the previous picture should have been repeated instead?)

Oh, if anyone has a cirrus pull on and is after the wind top then be slightly careful about the cut - its seemingly somewhat different (substantially shorter arms on me when tried in Cotswolds.). Logical I guess because one is for walkers and the other runners etc. 

Oh a couple of questions:

Do they have any comparative/ball park figures on roughly how windproof the boreas fabric is? We were wondering on another thread.

Oh and why is the nimbus so much heavier than the Montanes lite speed? It looks to have the same fabric(? a heavier version?) and a very similar feature set but rather heavier. Thats been confusing me for a bit.

Posted: 18/03/2011 at 13:00

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