Author Topic: Rab Vital Windshell  (Read 378 times)

gunwharfman

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Rab Vital Windshell
« on: 11:25:14, 24/08/19 »
I bought one of these recently and have just had the chance to use it properly. Whilst walking across Dartmoor and Exmoor it was windy all of the time and I was able to test whether I had bought something useful or not.

I'm now glad I bought it, for me this windproof has become my most loved item. It's thin and very light, it's not waterproof but it is windproof. I've hiked for a number of years now, why did I not buy a windproof before? For me, it meant that I could wear just a baselayer and the Rab Vital on top. I was comfortable, warm as I wanted to be and the wind didn't bother me at all. The hood works well, one report suggests its a bit 'goofy' but I don't care, it's effective and that's all that matters to me! I wear my hat underneath the hood and the hood grips it very well. The jacket has a full zip, elasticated wrists, two lower zipped pockets and one waist level zipped inside pocket.

I can see that as it get colder I can wear, for example, my warm jacket on top of my baselayer with the Rab Vital on top and still be at the temperature I want to be. I'm not pushing the Rab Vital in particular, I'm sure that there are other great windshells out there, but for me buying this jacket is one of my best buys ever.

vghikers

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Re: Rab Vital Windshell
« Reply #1 on: 12:47:04, 24/08/19 »
Windshells are often overlooked but are very useful and weigh extremely little. When the wind is a bit too chilly, whether wearing a base layer or a fleece on top, we often find that a shell jacket would be overkill but a windshell is just the job, virtually no bulk and good freedom of movement.

Ours are well over 20 years old now, bought from Outside in Hathersage. I can't even picture the original colour but sunlight and time have faded them to a washed-out pink.

richardh1905

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Re: Rab Vital Windshell
« Reply #2 on: 17:59:50, 26/08/19 »
I have a disgustingly fluorescent cycling jacket that is windproof - often wear it whilst running but it is most definitely NOT waterproof - I fount this out with a vengeance whilst running (mostly) up Lomond West in Fife a few year's ago. Was caught by the rain and by the time I got back to the car I was literally soaked to the skin. When I got undressed to go in the shower, there was no more than one square inch of my boxers left dry.

For serious walking I'll always have a decent waterproof jacket in my pack.

gunwharfman

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Re: Rab Vital Windshell
« Reply #3 on: 21:46:02, 26/08/19 »
Normally I could agree with you but from my experience (Marmot Precip) all that a waterproof jacket does is make a lot of condensation when running, less so when walking. The thing I like about the Vital is that if it's hot inside, it dries very quickly once the zip is undone and exposed to the air. When I run, if its raining I just flip my Vaude poncho on, loads of room and works a treat. I do look a bit odd though to the casual viewer.

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Re: Rab Vital Windshell
« Reply #4 on: 10:27:31, 27/08/19 »
I agree - windshirt and waterproof do different jobs, but I happily carry both. I'm always amazed at how much extra warmth I get from such a thin and lightweight garment when I put on my windshirt. I guess my waterproof would supply similar wind protection, but it rapidly gets steamy inside, which actually stops it feeling as warm anyway. I carry waterproofs, and wear them when its raining, but the windshirt has a different function, which for me is well worth the 100g it adds to my pack.

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Re: Rab Vital Windshell
« Reply #5 on: 14:22:06, 27/08/19 »
I have a Rab Ventus shirt, which they don't seem to make anymore but it's the same as a Borealis pull-on but without the pixy hood. it's made of Pertex, it's not waterproof it's not meant to be. It's a wind proof it keeps the wind off. I wear it a lot when out in the hills, over a base layer or base layer and fleece. Great bit of kit, it's lighter and less restrictive than a waterproof jacket but keeps the warmed air close to your skin.


In Sweden I had some really hot days, 30+ degrees not what you'd expect in the arctic. There were also lots of mosquitoes out. Normally when it's that hot I'd wear just a T-shirt but that would leave bare arms. I wore just my Rab shirt instead, full arm cover and zip up to the neck. It proved to be very mosquito proof and thin enough to not be too hot.