Rab Summit Jacket
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The Rab Summit jacket is built for seriously cold climates. In this sort of environment, you can't exactly mess around when it comes to preserving heat and Rab is one company the experts trust in this area. The outer shell of the Summit is manufactured from Pertex which should protect the valuable down from the elements. The down itself is ninety percent goose with a loft of 650+. This Rab down jacket also features two pockets and a detachable down hood. Ladies Rab Summit Jacket.
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Rab Summit Jacket Reviews
Reviewed by Duncan Blackeby (Cardiff) on 2005-12-28:
General comments: A very well built jacket, I used it in North Wales when it was -5 degrees and it kept me toastie warm. The detachable hood is a nice feature although I don't think I've ever used mine with the hood off. The hand warmer pockets are positioned carefully so you can still use them when you're wearing a harness although they're obviously no subsitute for gloves because you can't belay with your hands in your pockets!
Pros: Very good quality, haven't lost any down yet and no loose thread or any other visible defects. Hand warmer pockets well positioned. Comes with a stuff sack.
Cons: Doesn't pack as small or as light as the Rab Neutrino, and not water proof, although if it's wet enough for it to need to be, I won't be climbing (I know I'm not hardcore enough!)
Reviewed by Derek (Dundee) on 2006-01-06:
General comments: The Rab Summit is an excellent coat of good pedigree and made in the UK too. Generously cut to fit over other layers, super cosy with excellent lofting. Always a popular coat at any hut, crag or meet and with good reason.
Pros: Chunky YKK zips easy to operate with cold hands or gloves on. Thicker pertex beads well in showers, prevents feathers escaping and the anti wear shoulders and elbows add durability to the necessary areas. Detachable hood has ample insulation and a shapable wire peak, the coat also has ample length in the arms and a dropped back these features really add to the walking sleeping bag feel. Two large other zipped pockets and three inner pockets provide ample storage for hands and equipment. This jacket is ideally suited for throwing on when getting out of the car, hanging around campsite or for keeping warm between routes at the crag not forgetting of course; celebratory trips to the pub.
Cons: This jacket is more bulky to pack away than some so takes more valuable space in the pack for long walk ins to camp / climb. The neck tightener can be irritaing at times and the lining in the sleeves has a tendancy to sag out of the cuffs. The cut of the jacket is generous around the mid-rift which can cause a bit of space if wearing just one layer underneath.
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Reviewed by Andy Gibson (Northumberland) on 2006-01-12:
General comments: The Rab Summit is a superb down jacket, just perfect for staying toasty whilst winter camping. I've had the Summit jacket for about a year now and have been very impressed with its warmth and comfort.
I found the fit of the jacket quite snug, though I do have broad shoulders.
I've worn this jacket in camp simply over a base layer as its so warm, even in the depths of winter.
I've been really please with the zip on the jacket. The design seems to be just right to avoid the usual annoying snagging on the baffle that you seem to get with other down jackets I've used.
The side pockets are positioned nice and high on the chest and so are still accessible if wearing a rucksack belt. The internal mesh pockets are large and very handy. The hood is a good fit and is well stocked with down. The overall quality is excellent as you'd expect from Rab.
I particularly like the fact that the shoulder and elbow panels are in a hard wearing material, as the pertex outer on previous jackets has suffered in these high-wear areas.
One slight criticism is that the jacket seems relatively heavy when compared to my previous down jackets, so it may not be the best choice for lightweight backpackers. It does however pack down reasonably well.
Pros: Very warm.
Rab quality. Snag-free zip.
Cons: Narrow fit?
Reviewed by Thomas Williams (Chester) on 2006-01-17:
General comments: The Rab Summit jacket is a fantastic piece of kit for someone who wants a quality down jacket for serious use. I have had mine for 2 years now and have yet to find fault with it (other than possibly too warm). I have used it as a jacket for winter climbing to wear it belays, the Pertex Endurance makes this possible by reducing the chance of getting damp and losing its warmth. It is not the lightest down jacket on the market but certainly one of the most hard wearing which makes it a good one if you plan to hammer it. However it is still light enought to have as an emergency layer in the bottom of you winter pack. All in all i would say that this is pretty hard to beat for all round winter use.
Pros: High Pockets
Cons: Heavy in comparison to some others in the market
Reviewed by Mick Wood (Chesterfield) on 2006-01-23:
General comments: As is expected from RAB, this jacket has quality written all over it. It is a well made jacket that has given me years of use so far, and looks like going strong for years to come. Whether its a day on the hills in winter or for that extra 'snuggle factor' in between climbs on a winters day climbing RAB's Summit jacket will perform flawlessly. The summit comes with the detachable hood and it seems to me that your either a hood on or a hood off kinda person...me, I'm a hood off guy and as such have a brand new hood which would actually look daft if I wanted to put it on now! But having the option is always a good thing. After a good few days use my jacket has lost little of it's down and is still in good condition although getting grubby. But with RAB's great after sales service you can send it back for a clean and re-fill if required. Highly recommended to any outdoor enthusiast and a must for those of use who work out there in all weather!
Pros: Good Quality workmanship
Cons: Pricey intial outlay, even though worth it in the end!
Reviewed by deano (cambrdige) on 2006-02-08:
General comments: The Rab Summit is a very good jacket. nice and snug, close fitting round the arms, not sure if thsi is good or bad yet, but it's toasty warm. ideal to stop you getting cold once you've stopped, pockets unobstruced by harness. close fitting hood, but can stretch over a helmet if need be
Pros: very warm, hood over helmet
Cons: liek most down jackets it isn't waterproof so not ideal for scottish winter
Reviewed by simon hastings (Perth) on 2006-02-22:
General comments: The summit jacket, stay with reach for most of the winter. The jacket is a little too excessive for me to carry on the hill during day walks (I have a mountain Hardwear Monkey Man for that) but serves me well back at base camp!!. As with all Rab Products the quality I have found is fantastic ? my last Down, a North Face Nuptse, kept leaking down feathers all over the place and subsequently found itself on ebay ? the fill of the jacket is goose down with a 660 fill power, there are higher rated fills out there (Mountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket is 800fill) but I find is more than adequate for winter in the Scotland and beyond. The Pertex outer sheds water well although I?d be wary of using it in anything more than a light shower. There are abrasion resistant patches on the shoulders and arms for added protection against scrapes etc. There are good zips, which can be used with gloves on, and the pockets are well placed. The length of the jacket is good and covers your back well and the detachable hood has a good stiff visor in case you really need to batten down the hatches. Go and try one on and I guarantee you?ll buy it.
Pros: rab quality, very warm, good outer fabric
Cons: none i can find
Reviewed by Daniel Winter (Bangor) on 2006-03-01:
General comments: A very warm down jacket that is ideal for cold winter days where your not going to be moving round much and need to stay warm like belaying when climbing .
The jacket has a good water resistant shell for shedding snow and the odd light shower . but as its a down filling it is idealy suited for climates that arnt to damp like snowy mountains .
The jacket has a great detachable hood that is also down fillled . When done up it covers the face really well makeing you feel much warmer a feature lacking from other down jackets on the market.
The shell is also a good tough fabric that is going to rip to easilt shedding down feathers everywhere so you can feel confident that it can take a few scrathes on the hill . its not just for wearing down the pub like some others that ive seen with an outer shell that resembles a black bin liner
Pros: Very warm , Great hood that deatches via poppers when its not needed , Tough outer fabric ,British company
Cons: doesnt pack down as small as some other down jackets , and is slightly heavyer due to the better quality fabric
Reviewed by Neil (Galashiels) on 2006-04-03:
General comments: See my review on the north face limited edition quantum nuptse before buying this jacket. I seriously considered this before I bought my 900 fill nuptse. The jacket was actually a better fit for me with longer arms and seemed to draw in better at the bottom, however the weight of the jacket is a lot a more than that of the quantum nuptse, and its not very good to pack down. The hood is excellent as its filled with the goose down too, much better than the flimsy nuptse equivalent. The price tag when I looked at this was more expensive than it is advertised here and I ended up buying the north face one. The fill on this is 650+ where as the standard nuptse is 700 and the quantum nuptse is 900. So although I couldn’t say which one would physically be warmer on the hill, I opted for the better quality and lighter option. Pockets are also better on this jacket that I have found out since buying the nuptse but the rab jacket its more a duvet than a pack able down jacket. I think the choice of colours were blue and black if I remember and I would think that your going to look at bit more exclusive than someone wearing a nuptse down the high street.
Pros: Decent hood and pockets, good draw cord, good fit
Cons: Price tag, lack of feathers compared to quantum nuptse.
Reviewed by JOHN PHILLIPS (GLASGOW) on 2007-03-09:
General comments: ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC JACKET TOASTIE, TOASTIE, ESPECIALY WHEN WEARING A RAB OGRE JACKET UNDERNEATH. THE SUMMIT OF BEN VORLICH HAS NEVER FELT AS WARM IN JANUARY. AS SOME OF THE OTHER REVIEWS HAVE SAID, THE SUMMIT DOESN'T PACK DOWN AS SMALL AS SOME OF THE OTHERS BUT THIS IS MAINLY DUE TO THE HIGH QUALITY OUTER SHELL. IN MY OPINION A SURE FIRE WINNER.
Pros: THE QUALITY, THE FEEL AND THE WARMTH, PLUS THE CHUNKY ZIPS.
Cons: ABSOLUTELY NO USE FOR GREECE IN JULY