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Rab is an outdoor clothing company founded in Sheffield, England. Their slogan is "For the most extreme conditions in the world." When I think of Northern England I don’t generally think of the world’s most extreme conditions, but I do think of rain. The Rab Kinetic Jacket and Pants are very lightweight 2.5 layer shells which I think might be quite appropriate for a Sheffieldesque climate.
I have been ogling well made, high-end shells and down jackets on visitors and friends from the other side of the Atlantic for quite a few years now. As Rab has been around for over three decades it’s a relative newcomer to the North American market but they now have dealers from Iqaluit (in Nunavut) to San Diego California so anyone should be able to find their gear.
You may be able to find a Rab dealer in a town near you, but the point of this review is to help you decide if you want to pick up the new Kinetic Jacket and Pants while you’re there. I had a great opportunity to test out Rab Kinetic Jacket and Pants during the rainiest June on record in the mountains of BC’s West Kootenays which has appropriately been dubbed "Monsoon June".