March 9, 2017 Comments (0) News

Rab Introduce A New Breed

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As the limits of performance are pushed further and further in outdoor sport and exploration, more advanced clothing that can keep pace with the exacting demands of these new frontiers is required. Rab, have been working to develop a #NewBreed of outdoor clothing that can meet this challenge.

The Rab 'New Breed' products eschew the conventional categorisation of outdoor clothing, blending breathability with protection

People are climbing harder than ever before. Running further, faster and exploring ever wilder terrain. The boundaries of what is achievable are being pushed and Rab are firm believers that their gear needs to keep pace with these rising standards.

The New Breed products eschew the conventional categorisation of outdoor clothing, blending breathability with protection, durability with packability and comfort with performance to produce innovative layering pieces that are built specifically for the demands of modern outdoor adventure.

The Kinetic Plus

The Kinetic Plus is a new super lightweight waterproof stretch softshell from Rab. Designed using Rab’s own Proflex™ fabric, featuring built-in stretch, the Kinetic Plus provides unrivalled freedom of movement. The jacket also offers high levels of breathability with an mvtr of 35,000cc/sqm/24hrs. (Photo at top of article).

However, unlike conventional softshells, it also features a highly flexible waterproof membrane between its outer and liner fabrics. This transforms the jacket into a waterproof layer with a hydrostatic head of 10,000mm. In contrast to other waterproof designs, The Kinetic Plus is highly stretchy, incredibly breathable and is constructed of a soft, easily compressed fabric.

Part of Rab’s 2017 Spring/Summer range of New Breed products, the Kinetic Plus is a unique design with a stripped back feature set to take advantage of its lightweight Proflex™ construction. Ideal for a range of mountain activities where a lightweight, packable and dynamic layer is a must, the Kinetic Plus features a close-fitting stretch-on hood with a laminated and stiffened peak, two A-line hand pockets, adjustable cuffs and fully taped seams.

The Kinetic’s liner and face fabric layers of Proflex™ are high gauge knits, the outer featuring a DWR treatment for added weather resistance, while the inner lining works to wick moisture rapidly through the system and away from the body.

Lightweight, packable and with an exceptional amount of stretch, the Kinetic Plus is the perfect piece for active mountain pursuits in changeable conditions.

Technical details:
• Weight: 320g
• Proflex™ stretchy, breathable and waterproof fabric allowing superb freedom of movement
• Breathable membrane and taped seams
• High gauge wicking lining
• Close-fitting stretch-on hood with laminated and stiffened peak
• 1-way YKK® AquaGuard® VISLON® front zip
• YKK® AquaGuard® A-line pockets
• Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
• Stitch-free hem and cuffs for comfort
• Fit: Slim
• Available in men’s and women’s in sizes S-XXL and 8-16 respectively.

The Alpine Flux

In 2016, Rab released the Alpha Direct, an active insulation piece which utilised Polartec’s new Alpha Direct Insulation to strip away the inner lining of an insulating jacket, producing a piece that was both highly insulating and highly breathable. Carrying on from the success of the Alpha Direct design, Rab are now releasing the Alpha Flux, a lighter, faster cousin of the Alpha Direct.

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The Alpha Flux combines a protective, woven shell with zoned insulation to create the perfect outer layer for warmer conditions and a fast wicking mid-layer when the weather closes in. To reduce bulk and allow exceptional freedom of movement we have used a combination of Polartec’s warm and breathable Alpha Direct® with side panels, cuffs and thumb loops in our lightweight, stretchy Thermic Lux fleece.

Technical details:
• Weight: 330g
• Polartec® Alpha™ “Direct” 90 insulation
• Under helmet hood
• YKK® front zip with internal storm flap and chin guard
• 2 zipped hand pockets
• Stretch fleece side panels, cuffs and thumb loops with Polygiene® STAY FRESH odour control treatment
• Fit: Slim
• Available in men’s and women’s in sizes S-XXL and 8-16 respectively.

The Morpheus Range

The new range of Morpheus sleeping bags from Rab are true hybrids, utilising 650 fill power hydrophobic duck down in its trapezoidal box wall upper chambers and synthetic fill insulation on the base.

Created with lightweight 30D ripstop nylon outer, the foot and hood, along with the upper portion of the bag, are filled with down insulation for maximum warmth potential, while the bottom chambers of the bag use Pyrotec polyester microfiber insulation for increased durability and moisture resistance in the portions of the bag most often exposed to the elements.

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The synthetic fill also helps to avoid the compression and movement of insulation that can occur when sleeping in a bag with a down-filled base.

Twin zips, a left hand YKK® ¾ length zip and a right hand 1/4 length YKK® zip allow both arms to exit, adding additional venting options. Further features such as the extra wide mummy shape, anti-snag bonded zip guards and an internal stash pocket enhance sleep comfort and usability.

Available in 4 and 3 season options (Morpheus 4 and Morpheus 3 respectively), with a women’s option available in the 3 season bag.

Technical details for the Rab Morpheus 4:
– Weight: 1600g
– Light-weight 30D Ripstop nylon outer fabric
– Light-weight nylon liner fabric
– 650FP R.D.S. Certified European Duck Down
– Rab® Fluorocarbon free Hydrophobic Down developed in conjunction with Nikwax®
– Pyrotec™ polyester microfibre insulation
– Extra Wide mummy shape
– Trapezoid boxwall construction upper
– Down filled upper, foot and hood
– Synthetic base for added durability and moisture resistance
– Twin zips allow both arms to exit, adding additional usability and venting options
– Left hand YKK® ¾ length zip plus 1/4 length YKK® zip on right hand side
– Anti-snag bonded zip guards
– Concealed internal collar and hood drawcords
– Internal stash pocket
– Filled in Derbyshire UK


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