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Our story began in 1981 in the attic of a small, terraced house in Sheffield where Rab Carrington made the first sleeping bag to bear his name. Hand-stitched and devised with his own ingenious eye, Rab's experience from years spent in the mountains was apparent in his designs, and soon there was popular demand from Rab's friends and the growing local climbing community.

But things didn't stop there. Word soon spread, and the Sheffield attic became a factory floor, creating sleeping bags and jackets for customers far and wide. Now, decades later, those honest, hard-wearing designs can be found all over the world; wherever adventurous individuals face up to the elements. From Himalayan peaks to cold, crisp evenings around a camp fire. This began as our story, but it also belongs to those who've loved and cared for each and every one of our products. Who've made them their companions on long trips and expeditions. Our journey continues and our invitation is always open, join us and share the experience. #WeAreRab

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Making a chilly belay bearable... just  © Kevin Woods

Rab Photon Pro Jacket

A midweight synthetic insulated jacket aimed at Scottish winter, the Photon Pro would be ideal for snowy hill walks, fast moving mountaineering, or climbs within your comfort zone where belays don't usually take hours. But is it warm enough if you're hanging around for ages?


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...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot) of gear - and as ever, among the many new products shown to us by attending brands a few particularly caught our...

The Kinetic Alpine Jacket + Pants in use on a typical British day: bit of rain, bit of sun, bit of everything!  © UKC Gear
The Kinetic Alpine Jacket + Pants in use on a typical British day: bit of rain, bit of sun, bit of everything!  © UKC Gear

Rab Kinetic Alpine Jacket & Pants

We so often hear of revolutionary new fabrics that it's hard not to be cynical. But Rab's Proflex fabric really is a step forward, says Rob Greenwood, combining the breathability of softshell with the waterproofness of a hard shell.

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean? And by that definition, which models stand out? All will be revealed...

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

The annual ISPO outdoor trade show has just wrapped up for 2019. Among the many new products shown to us by attending brands, a number...

Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear
Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Down Jackets

Whether you're climbing, camping or walking - or even just out in town - a light and packable down jacket is a versatile layer...

When the sun rises, the caterpillar contemplates emerging from his cocoon  © Dan Bailey
When the sun rises, the caterpillar contemplates emerging from his cocoon  © Dan Bailey

Rab Mythic 200 Sleeping Bag

It weighs less than 500g, but takes you comfortably down close to zero. Its impressive warmth-for-weight makes the Mythic 200 a...

softshell montage test  © martin
softshell montage test  © martin

Summer Softshells

Lightweight softshell jackets are a summer staple for both walkers and climbers. We compare 11 models here.


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Pivot GTX Close up  © UKC Gear

Rab GORE-TEX Glove Range

The next generation of Rab gloves are here. Working together with GORE-TEX for the first time, we are excited to combine our expertise and experience in building world-class mountain products. Our newly developed GORE-TEX range includes waterproof...

Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab
Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab

The Next Generation of Rab

Since our founding in 1981 we have worked at the forefront of insulation technology, becoming masters of our craft. Developing cutting-edge insulation designs requires the same approach that we bring to the mountains. Moving constantly forward with careful...

Rab Young Alpinists Meet  © Ben Tibbetts
Rab Young Alpinists Meet  © Ben Tibbetts

Bringing up the next generation of Young Alpinists

This year Rab embarked on a landmark new project aimed at inspiring the next generation of young alpine climbers. Together with IFMGA Mountain Guide Ric Potter, the brand funded a project in which nine 16-year-old novice Alpinists...

OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

Kinetic Alpine Action 2  © Rab
Kinetic Alpine Action 2  © Rab

Rab Kinetic Alpine Jacket and Pants

Forget everything you think you know - the Kinetic Alpine will change the way you dress in the mountains. Fully...

Rab Down  © Rab
Rab Down  © Rab

Rab Sleeping Bag Range

Driven by a pursuit of excellence, we believe the best way to ensure the quality of our sleeping bags is to fill them in our own...


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Antagonistic Exercises  © UKC

Video Rab: Preparing for Winter - Antagonistic Exercises

Greg Boswell takes us through his tips for getting ready for winter climbing. In this episode, he talks about how vital antagonistic exercises are when training hard. It's important to use these exercises consistently and not just when pain occurs.

Greg Boswell - Ice Axe Pulls  © UKC
Greg Boswell - Ice Axe Pulls  © UKC

Video Rab: Preparing for Winter - Ice Axe Pulls

Greg Boswell takes us through his tips for getting ready for winter climbing. In this episode, Greg talks about the importance of replicating similar movements to those that you find outside, specifically locking off on ice axes.

Preparing for Winter = Circuit Training  © UKC
Preparing for Winter = Circuit Training  © UKC

Video Circuit Training

Greg Boswell takes us through his tips for getting ready for winter climbing. In this episode, he discusses the importance of circuit training and gives some advice on how to vary your training; from replicating time spent on a climb to the importance of core strength.

Rab Gloves Action  © Rab
Rab Gloves Action  © Rab

Competition WINNER - Win a pair of Rab GORE-TEX Gloves

Working together with GORE-TEX for the first time, we are excited to combine our expertise and experience in...

Microlight Action 1  © Rab
Microlight Action 1  © Rab

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 2 Rab Microlight Jackets

Our Rab Microlight jackets have been tried, tested and loved for over a decade.  The Rab Microlight Jacket...

Rab Wildest Bivi Competition  © Rab
Rab Wildest Bivi Competition  © Rab

Competition Rab 'Best Bivvy' Competition

Enter for a chance to win one of Rab's latest Neutrino 400 sleeping bags + Ridge Raider bivi shelter, plus 5 x runner-up bundles.

RAB Survey 3x2  © Matt Maynard
RAB Survey 3x2  © Matt Maynard

Survey Rab Brand Questionnaire

The questionnaire has 28 questions and should take around 10 minutes to fill out. We will use your feedback to help us shape the future...

Rab Microlight in use in the Cairngorms  © Rab
Rab Microlight in use in the Cairngorms  © Rab

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 2 Rab Microlight Summit Jackets

Cal's Climbs  © Rab
Cal's Climbs  © Rab

Competition Climb a Route and Pocket a Rab Prize - Round 3: UK Routes with an Alpine Feel

Libby Peter on Icarus, HVS at Rhoscolyn  © Rab
Libby Peter on Icarus, HVS at Rhoscolyn  © Rab

Competition Climb a Route and Pocket a Rab Prize - Round 2: Lesser-Known North Wales Classics

Climb a Route and Pocket a Rab Prize - Round 1: Lesser-Known Grit Classics  © Rab
Climb a Route and Pocket a Rab Prize - Round 1: Lesser-Known Grit Classics  © Rab

Competition Climb a Route and Pocket a Rab Prize - Round 1: Lesser-Known Grit Classics


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