The Upslope Jacket by Rab was designed for optimal upslope capabilities including ergonomic movement, ventilation, and durability. The Matrix 2-layer fabric gives this soft-shell stretch, and breathability while the high gauge knit back and cut adds to the comfort and resilience you expect in a mountain setting. The outer nylon is tough and will keep the weather where it belongs, while the inner polyester has wicking properties to remove moisture from your body.
The Upslope series by Rab is perfect for ascent or other aerobic activity in mountainous environments.
The helmet compatible hood has a drawstring at the rear to keep it secured at the crown and a flexible polymer peak/brim allows you to adjust around your brow for variable weather conditions. When your main YKK zipper is closed and inside its zipper garage you will find a comfortable micro fleece lining the inside of a high collar. Using the pull-tabs located above the two chest pockets, you may cinch a drawstring around your face to stop the elements from getting in. Hidden release mechanisms sewn between layers at either side of the hood will set you free.
The crown adjustable draw cord will keep the hood secure around your head and/or helmet.
Aside from two extremely spacious chest pockets there are two more extremely spacious hand warmer pockets, one shoulder pocket and an internal chest pocket, all using YKK zippers. The latter two are large enough to carry a wallet, cell phone, and trail maps. You can also use the security clip on the inside of your right chest pocket to ensure your keys won’t disappear on you.
Velcro at the cuff makes them adjustable to keep the wind and elements out. Assisting with this task are the hem draw cord and internal storm flap at your main zipper.
The Rab Upslope Jacket and Pants are available for both men & women in a variety of colours and sizes and they work well paired together or on their own. The pants, like the jacket, are made from a Matrix 2-layer bonded soft-shell fabric with a stretch nylon face and high gauge knit back. It is comfortable and functional with all the right features.
Initially, I found the Rab Upslope series comfortable and unquestionably stylish. The fabric has a nice feel on the inside and out. In this review, I am wearing the medium size jacket and it looks/feels great, but without more room in the armpits, I am only able to wear a base layer underneath. The snug fit does have its advantages when turning this jacket into a mid layer, but the armpits are a little tight for my torso (and I am 6ft, 175lb).
This aside, the series excels at what it was designed for: the upslope. Whether you are ski touring, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or engaged in other aerobic activity the jacket and pants will do the trick. Mountaineering or downhill skiing may require additional layers, an outer hard-shell or inner down/insulation layer, for example, as the pants are not the warmest either. But the series itself and its features check all the boxes of what you want in an upslope kit. I would recommend checking the sizing before ordering.
Colour: Ebony / Ink
Weight: 760g / 27oz
Colour: Ebony/Zinc / Cumin
Weight: 580g / 20.5oz
Fit: Regular with oversize hem
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