Rab Belay Jacket
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Water and wind resistant outer. Insulated with Polartec Primaloft. Fully adjustable hem and cuffs. 4 outer and one inner pockets.
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Rab Belay Jacket Reviews
Reviewed by chris (the uk) on 2006-02-03:
General comments: What can I say about the rab belay jacket it is a good light weight synthetic jacket using PrimaLoft insulation that was developed by the US military as a replacement to down.
this will still keep you warm even when it is wet, This jacket has been designed to be used when you stop whatever activity you are doing and this will keep you warm.
This is a brilliant jacket and I thick that it is well suited to UK use
Pros: this is a lovely and warm jacket the pack size of this jacket is one of the big pluses of this jacket it packs down to a tiny size in its own stuff sack so it can be crammed in to you back pack without worrying about size.
the waterproof zips on this jacket are a nice addition however I feel these are designed more to keep heat in because it will not stand up to any thing other that light rain.
Cons: It could do with having a wrist adjustment I thick this is some thing that would make this jacket better.
And the flap that is used to hold the hood this is just annoying. So I tend to just have the hood loose this is not a big point as the flap is designed to lover the weight of the jacket.
Reviewed by Steve McGarry (UK) on 2006-02-05:
General comments: Good quality pertex synthetic insulation piece from the masters of insulation. A dependable company with excellent customer service!
Pros: The Rab belay jacket is warm due to the use of Primaloft Sport insulation. Due to this being a synthetic jacket it works well when you have been 'caught short' and have left your WP at home and get wet. This maybe on the way home from the pub in winter as it is a quite smart looking jacket. The jacket packs down into a stuff sac which is provided to almost nothing due to the compressibility of the insulation. This means that you can afford to toss the Rab belay jacket into your pack even when you doubt you will need it. After all, wouldn't it be nice to be warm during your dinner stop or even when you are forced to spend a night on the hill. This is a good replacement for fleece, which I regard now as an obsolete fabric due to the advancements in insulation.
Cons: The cuffs are very loose fitting and have no Velcro adjustment. This doesn't matter when it is being used for it's main intended purpose, to put on over all other clothes whilst belaying but it does mean that when you are wearing fewer layers there is a draft up your arm that you can't really do a lot about.
Reviewed by Matt (UK) on 2009-02-10:
General comments: Worthy of an update for the 2008/09 model. Key changes appear to be a detachable hood, centre waterproof zip replaced with a conventional zip and storm flap, large pulls on all zips, reinforced bum, shoulders and back of arms, adjustable cuffs. Some have commented the jacket fits small for a belay jacket supposedly intended to go over layers. I don't have the spec to hand but I think they may have changed this for the '09 model as I've had to drop a size.
Pros: All of the above points carry through. Central zip action has been improved and adjustable cuffs keep out the wind. Durability should be improved with the reinforced patches which don't detract from the style for those who worry about these things, only time will tell. Overall, a genuine improvement in design.
Cons: Some will argue the detachable hood is a step backwards, These were my thoughts but the jacket zips up high giving instant protection and the hood can be volume adjusted so it sits snugly. Granted the poppers are a faff in extreme conditions.