Friday, 26 February 2016

Testing a Rab Strata Hoodie on behalf of e-outdoors

Rab Strata Hoodie.

A review for e-outdoors

By Andy Spink. Mountaineering Instructor Certificate [ MIC ] and IML.

I have been testing the Rab Strata Hoodie over the last month.

The Rab Strata Hoodie is a versatile and very useful garment. I wore it on a variety of occasions whilst instructing or working on winter courses for
The weather it was tested in ranged from dry sub-zero to warm and very damp days.
The Jacket worked extremely well. I wore it both as a mid-layer under a Gortex jacket and as an over jacket or belay jacket.

The jacket has a Pertex Outer and a zoned woven liner. It has a large elasticated hood. Zippered hand warmer pockets and elastic wrist cuffs. 

Mid-layer usage.

As a mid-layer it was warm and it never felt too warm whilst moving and climbing. When some moisture built up inside the jacket it dried quickly and never felt clammy. Being slim fitting it was not bulky nor obstructive as a mid-layer.

Over jacket.

As a belay or over jacket it performed well, keeping me cosy and the wind off at all times.
Being very wind proof the outer Pertex fabric added an extra element to the barrier against the elements and it shed the snow or rain well.

How water proof? 
The jacket is not waterproof and is not designed to be. However, it shed rain and snow well and even on an absolutely terrible days of driving wind and rain it kept me warm, even when soaked through. 

The hood.

Often hoods are too small to fit over helmets and if designed to fit over them they are often too large and flap around when not wearing a helmet.
The hood on the Rab Strata Hoodie work really well being elasticated on its edging. Obviously someone has tested it in the field whist designing the product.


I was asked to test a medium size. I found it true to size and because I wore it both as a mid-layer or outer Jacket it’s slightly large cut was ideal. I am 5’7” and stocky, so if you are of more athletic build I would recommend a size down form your norm.


The Rab Strata Hoodie is a versatile and well-designed jacket. It does what it says on the tin. I would recommend it for the whole gamut of mountain and cragging usage, from cold evenings at the crag, winter mountaineering to alpine routes.  

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