It's all change for Rab and sister company outdoordesigns as eVENT replaces Gore-Tex across the board and bivvy bags and tents are now produced under the Rab label.
Some interesting news from Rab's sister company
outdoordesigns which is best known for gloves, hats and, until
now, bivvy bags.
the company used Gore-Tex fabrics, but as of this spring - which is
now - they've switched to eVENT waterproof and breathable material
instead, which brings them into line with Rab.
In cases where the brand previously used Gore Windstopper - mainly
in gloves - it's now going to use Polartech's Windbloc fabric. Just
to confuse you, the new fabrics won't actually be introduced until
One outdoordesigns product that is available right now is
a brand new eVENT gaiter called the perma - pictured right.
It's a three-layer, front-opening gaiter with a full-length zip and
rubberised underfoot, abrasion-resistant strap. The good news is that
the perma retails for just £20, which looks pretty attractive to
More details at www.oudoordesigns.co.uk
you're wondering what's happened to the outdoordesigns range
of five odd Gore-Tex bivvy bags, look no further than Rab. As part of
a rationalisation process, the company's now adding bivvy bags to its
established sleeping bag range.
As with the gloves, the bivvies are now made from eVENT fabric.
The designs are basically the same as last year's
outdoordesigns range, so there's a minimalist single-skin
mountaineering tent, a lightweight single-hoop bivvy and five other
We're not sure whether eVENT will out-breathe Gore's very decent
air-permeable bivvy bag fabric, but but the new fabric is slightly
lighter leading to a minor weight reduction across the range. Watch
out for some new developments next year as well...
Also from Rab right now are four gaiters
using eVENT and positioned to correspond to their jackets, so the
Latok is a climbing-orientated gaiter, while the Bergen and Vidda are
aimed more at walkers.
More details at www.rab.uk.com
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