At this time of year, many winter walkers, mountaineers and climbers will have their eyes on the hills. Far from wishing for a white Christmas, they’re wishing for a white December through to mid-March with good consolidated snow and clear skies. Thanks very much Santa.
But while it’s difficult to order in the perfect weather, we can at least prepare: reproof jackets, sharpen crampons and make a few gear purchases to be all the more comfortable when the time comes to brave the winter mountains.
So, you may be interested to hear that Rab and Lowe Alpine have released their winter collection. Billing themselves as the Masters of Insulation and with 39 years of experience, it’s no surprise that Rab have a whole host of insulated jackets on offer. The Infinity Alpine jacket is designed for alpine climbs, the Generator Alpine jacket for “gnarly winter conditions” and the Cubit Stretch Down Hoodie is a lighter layer for a variety of outdoor activities in winter.
There’s also the Xenair Alpine Jacket, built for varied mountain conditions and filled with Primaloft Gold Active insulation with 55% recycled content. With intelligent body-mapped synthetic insulation and controlled air permeable fabric, it excels in start-stop activities, so you don’t need to keep changing layers.
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Rab are also expanding Khrona, their first dedicated ski touring range, to include more technical styles to make the range even more versatile for ski mountaineering. It includes lightweight waterproof jackets, trousers and salopettes.
After committing to being a net zero company by 2030 (currently climate neutral), Rab have launched their first garment that utilises the new 3-layer Pertex® Shield Revolve fabric. The Arc Eco Jacket uses the new mono-polymer fabric that is not only fully recycled, but gives the opportunity to be recycled itself at the end if it life. Featuring a fluorocarbon-free DWR this fabric is soft, yet durable and comfortable to wear during everyday outdoor activities.
Last but by no means least, Lowe Alpine have launched a new rucksack range: Depot. The bags are “designed for the urban landscape” but still with an outdoorsy spin in mind. Whether for the active commute, getting to and from the gym or journeys to the bouldering wall, Depot bags hope to have you covered. Bags come in 22, 25 and 28 litres with features like waterproof laptop sleeves, headphone pockets and key clips.
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An adventure writer based on Dartmoor, England, Emily is an active member of Mountain Rescue and a summer Mountain Leader, but loves all things adventure – before her third birthday she had lived on three continents. Founder of Intrepid magazine, she works to help break stereotypes about women in the outdoors. Her expeditions have included walking all Dartmoor’s 119 tors in a single two-week outing, cycling to Switzerland and back, and riding the Rhine from source to sea.