Rab Strata Hoodie product review

Rab Strata Hoodie 

Purpose of the garment

Cold weather active use as a mid or outer layer. The shell should provide protection from light showers and snow and contain the insulation within the garment. The insulation should help move moisture away from the body, be windproof and dry quickly.

Our test

First of all we've been a little naughty and took the jacket to West Burton waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales. It was just after a few days of heavy rain so the fall was in full force!

Bearing in mind this jacket is designed for light showers walking under a waterfall to test it's resistance to water was a little unfair! 

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Unfair or not this jacket was superb and shed the water almost instantaneously on departure from the flow of the fall.

More than satisfied with the water test we then sent the jacket north to the northernmost inhabitable island in the UK, Unst!

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The jacket was worn on a daily basis for 6 weeks in June 2015, enduring showers, heavy rain, 60mph winds and temperatures never above 11°C! 

Polartec Alpha insulation

Pertex Microlight shell fabric

Having spent 6 weeks on Unst, in Northern Shetland, having the Rab Strata was somewhat of a requirement. Its light weight, heat retention and waterproof attributes allowed me to experience a more comfortable environment in what were some not to comfortable types of weather.

These are some of the positive features I found the Rab Strata Hoodie to possess

·         Waterproof- Atlantic storms didn’t manage to penetrate the Pertex and Polartec fabrics

·         Warmth – with just a simple cotton T shirt underneath, the Rab kept me warm in an average temperature of 7 degrees with wind chill

·         Windproof- whilst testing the Rab Strata Hoodie on Unst, gale force winds were a daily ordeal, although again the high tech fabrics allowed me to stay warm

·         Zip- the fact that the zip can be zipped up to just under the nose made walking into an oncoming wind just that bit easier, as it prevented wind entering the upper body

·         Hood size- a fairly large hood size, which allowed headwear to be worn as well as the hood when required, the elasticated rims of the hood allowed for a snug fit, which kept out the worst of the elements.

·         Pockets - the breast pocket on the Rab was surprisingly large, and I kept my notebook in there throughout my stay on Unst, having paper in there allowed me to also test how waterproof the pockets were, and I can conclude that my paper remained bone dry.

·         Style-  being a student I like to think of myself as somewhat style conscious, and the Rab Strata Hoodie jacket is a great addition to my clothing collection. Its functions are impeccable and the fact that the styling is very classic and clean means I can wear the Rab in many different situations.

One potential improvement

·         I found that on warmer days, the Rab became quite sweaty inside, it didn’t seem as breathable as other products I have tested. Taking the Rab off was not an issue, obviously, but on warmer days the wind chill would make you feel it was colder outside, but because the Rab doesn’t let any wind in, it sometimes became a bit humid inside the jacket.

To conclude, I would recommend the Rab Strata Hoodie as an edition to a variety of people’s outdoor equipment collection, its versatility and overall fluency in many of its functions makes it a worthwhile investment, and I’m glad I had the jacket with me in my time spent in Shetland. 


Please note

The garment was supplied free of charge for the purpose of testing and reviewing