RAB clothing quality?/Brands quality?
Rab quality went downhill and was patchy ~5-7ish years ago (iirc), but all the recent stuff is much improved, and very well made.
Generally can’t fault TNF quality of construction. People think negatively about the brand simply because it is everywhere and there is no exclusivity left in the logo.Posted 4 years ago
Hi looking at a RAB waterproof jacket at the moment and wondered what is the quality/robustness/durability is like, used to be one of the best brands has this changed?
Then started to ponder what are the brands that have kept up on their quality control,before Karrimor was sold to Sports Direct and was in Lancashire their equipment/clothing was hit and miss. North Face seems to have headed down market so what is a solid brand.
I have had great use from
Mountain Equipment (Peter Hutchinson days)
Raichle boots (now Mammut)
Marmot jackets and softshells
Lowe Alpine tops jackets fleeces
Aldi base layers
Mixed results from
Decathlon mainly highly positive just a couple of items
so what is working for you folk/recommendationsPosted 4 years agopasstherizlaMember
RAB stuff is the bees! had loads and never had any issues, 3L goretex, and various other materials all brill! tend to buy cheap as possible these days though because they just seem to get ripped.
I also rate the followingPosted 4 years ago
La sportiva or scarpa for footwear.
Montane (flimsy but super lightweight makes great climbing gear)
Berghaus has lost its appeal to many but are using up to date fabrics and good cuts again and can be had for bargain prices.richen987Subscriber
there is Mountain HArdware Sale on on the Sports Pursuit site at the moment. very nice jackets and very good quality.
I can also recommend the current Rab equipment, just come back from 3 weeks climbing and trekking in Nepal.
I used predominantly Rab outer kit, the Rab Stretch Neo Shell Jacket and Trousers were used in some pretty epic rain and never once got close to leaking, they were also extremely breathable for walking and climbing duties.
I have a new goretex active fit jacket as well for comparison and it was not as breathable as the neo shell.
If you can find it anywhere Sherpa Gear was also being used a lot by the climbing sherpas and the guys I spoke to using it were very complimentry, it does have a stiff price tag, but the quality was right up there.Posted 4 years agothegreatapeMember
My experience of Rab echoes angeldust’s. Equip (who own it) happily replaced stuff though.
I have some Arcteryx soft shell trousers which have lasted very very well. Much more durable than equivalent priced Mammut and ME trousers I’ve had.
Had a couple of decent Montane jackets as well, and would buy again.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
Have a RAB down sleeping bag from ages (18 years maybe) ago – was a birthday present, couldn’t have afforded it myself!
It’s good, only piece of Rab kit I have though.
Other stuff – not strictly technical worth a look is the old stalwart Rohan kit. I have a bundle of Rohan kit form easily 25 years go, will never wear out, some used for gardening now but just indestructible and work great..
thinking of the multiflex breeches, fleece Khombo pullover, Olfio padded pullover – even the Pampas cotton jacket – not sure if that’s the stuff you’re thinking of though.Posted 4 years agotomdSubscriber
I’ve got quite a lot of Rab stuff. Summary is I keep buying it, they make good stuff but aren’t afraid to test the odd product on their customers!
Pertex equilibrium jacket and trousers – good stuff, well madePosted 4 years ago
Light down jacket thing – returned and refund, bad batch (about 3 years ago)
Pertex / primaloft shell – really great jacket
MeCo baselayer – baselayer of choice but now threadbare after much use
Spark jacket – great bit of kit, however on warranty replacement due to taping. New fabric for 2013 so kind of expected.
eVent Bivi bag – very good, not much to get wrong thoughtwoninerMember
Had and have a lot of RAB stuff. Down jackets are mint and have had a few windproof jackets too. I had a Rab event waterproof jacket but it was a technical jacket so was quite fitted and didnt get on with it.
Some of the first karrimor KSB boots were mint. I’d love to get my hands on a pair. They were like slippers.Posted 4 years agotangMember
Got a Rab event jacket on sale from rock and run. Very nice so far!Posted 4 years ago
Arcteryx and Patagonia make up most of my gear. Arcteryx soft shell has been bombproof. Patagonia R series fleeces have seen me right in many situations from home to many trips/months at altitude in India. Patagonia great on repairs.
Mountain equipment coop from Canada good. Like the look of the black diamond jackets.johnikgriffSubscriber
Had a Rab down coat for 5 years or so, big fan. But moved on to PHD a couple of years ago for its replacement, very impressed with the company. Currently order a load of custom stuff of them for my disabled son, nothing is to much trouble and it’s all made in the UK.Posted 4 years agoMarinMember
Rab down jackets and Photon are excellent. Wore the Photon nearly everyday for 6 months on a big climbing biking trip up to 6000m altitude no complaints at all. Alpkit sleeping bags are good value as well. Bought some Sherpa gear at their main shop in Kathmandu and zip broke next day. However they replaced it and was fine. Met the headhoncho in the store and he was a very nice man. Lowe Alpine stuff is good and North Face has always been good for me as well. Podsac make good climbing sacks if that’s your thing.Posted 4 years agodhMember
Used to enjoy lowe alpine clothes- only seem to see rucksacs from them in the shops near me these days though.
I’m liking stuff from mountain equipment and paramo these days.
I seem to receive TNF kit for pressies though, have to say not liking their fleece and goretex trainers much.Posted 4 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
Sad to see the dilution of the Karrimor brand. Climbing in my youth you were a Karrimor or Berghaus man! And the original Helly Hansen versus Javelin fleeces! It was so simple in those days!
I thought Scarpa were ok until last approach shoes. Dreadful quality with heels wearing out v quickly and lace eyes coming loose immediately. Back to slippy Sally’s for my next pair.Posted 4 years agoandrewreayMember
Rab are [still] great. Years ago I gave them a call when I was trying to work out which down jacket to get.
I rang the number of the swing ticket and explained to the switchboard that I had a question, and they said they’d put me through. Someone picked up and I rattled off the specifics of the planned trip, looking for some guidance.
I got a very detailed answer and was advised to go with the cheaper option which surprised me. As the call drew to a close, it dawned on me that I wasn’t talking to some junior product manager, the deep tones and accent suggested someone more distinguished, so I asked who I was speaking to. There was a pause, and then the answer came back “I’m Mr Carrington….. Rab Carrington.”
That has stuck with me ever since. As has the original jacket. It’s as warm, comfortable and useful as it’s ever been, but maybe a bit faded.
The more recent stuff doesn’t always feel as good as some of the vintage gear I’ve got, but all of it has lasted well, and technically it’s still hard to beat IME.
TNF remains pretty good too, despite my instinctive suspicion about durability of new stuff, it doesn’t go wrong. Although I do sometimes think the purity of design is being diluted by fashion now. And I miss the old lifetime warranty – there’s a fleece at the bottom of my wardrobe that had been back to them three times under the old scheme, I’m not sure how much, if any, is original but it’s still better now than when I bought it.Posted 4 years ago
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