The Rab Vapour Rise Guide Jacket is a very breathable soft shell jacket with an insulating Polartec Thermal Pro liner. This durable jacket is superb for ski-touring or climbing in dry cold conditions where you are working hard and also makes a great winter walking jacket.
The medium length cut and high chest pockets ensure that the Guide jackets work well with a climbing harness and allows good freedom of movement. The fully adjustable helmet compatible hood will keep you warm and comfortable on the mountain.
The Pertex Equilibrium outer fabric has a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment allowing it to shed light rain and snow. As it is also windproof this jacket ensures protection from all but the worst weather. The Polartec hi-loft liner provides a good weight to warmth ratio for the jacket.
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This is a nice quality product from Rab in a really attractive colour. Good fit, comfortable rustle-free fabric, and an excellent hood. But why no pit-zips like the men's Vapour-rise garments ? Although the jacket is nicely breathable, without these I'm forced to dump heat by opening the main zip - far from ideal when conditions are bad!
Otherwise, a great multi-purpose garment.
I will be taking Part in The Spine Race in January and need a windproof jacket that could deal with the types of conditions on the Pennines in winter that would also be highly breathable during high exertion and also keep out light rain. I have been able try it out in the current sub zero conditions and it is performing very well. The fit is great and the quality is very good as you would expect from Rab.
I received this jacket as a Christmas gift. I was a bit concerned about how thin the outer material was, as I would be using the jacket for winter mountain walking and scrambling. To no real surprise the jacket has performed amazingly, it's so tough and resistant to scrapes up against rock! All you need to wear underneath is a thin base layer or a t-shirt in milder conditions. The Vapour Rise Series from Rab is really suited to long mountain days where high aerobic activity are encountered but a degree of weather resistance is still needed! To sum up a great all round jacket and awesome service from FaceWest!!
It is a jacket that appears to be somewhat heavy, but it isn't. It is comfortable and warm and very breathable. Combined with a baselayer, I use for rock climbing in cold days. It is more bulky to wear a fleece and a separate softshell. This garment offers both with less volume and gives you more freedom of movement. In the shade I've put the jacket, in the Sun, only the baselayer. In addition, it is a good backup for those sunny days that end up in storm when you are still coming down from the wall. In short, design very successful and excellent idea of uniting a hot fabric and another weatherproof. Super recommended if you have clear ideas about your activity.
I received this jacket along with the matching RAB VR Guide Pants (also reviewed) as a Christmas gift from the wife and have just had the opportunity to test them out on a week of early January walking and climbing in the Lochaber and Glencoe mountains.
The jacket performed extremely well in a variety of conditions from perfect sunny calm weather on the ridges of Bidean Nam Bian to a very windy wet day on Ben Nevis. I have used the jacket in conjunction with the RAB Alpine Jacket and Generator jacket (also from FaceWest). I found that by using the Alpine jacket for the ascent from the valley, swapping to the Guide jacket for the rest of the climb and using the Generator over the top for rests and long belays on colder days provided a flexible lightweight combination. A day of constant cold rain on the Ben wearing only the Guide jacket with the Alpine jacket over the top proved this to be a very effective clothing system which although wet felt warm and dry next to the skin and without the inflexibility and rustle of a HardShell.
Functionally the Hood fits well over a helmet and is an excellent adjustable design with wired peak, the 3 external pockets are well thought out with access not restricted by a pack or harness and the 2 internal pockets are ideal for warming wet gloves. The pit zips perform well for ventilation and the lining feels good over a baselayer or next to the skin. Overall an excellent jacket which I would recommend to anyone looking for a warm effective softshell. Service from FaceWest was as always excellent.
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