The brand was founded in Sheffield around the year 1981. Rab is an English-based outdoor brand that has been recognized worldwide.
According to the company’s own statements they say that it’s the Kangri GTX jacket is “perfect for anything from winter hiking to muddy scrambles” and after a few years of testing we’d be in agreement. If you’re in search of the best Gore-Tex jacket that can be worn for hikes and walks during the hottest of UK conditions This is a fashionable and reliable option.
Rab’s Kangri GTX is a great all-purpose jacket that can be used for rainy walks as well as hikes in the rain And it’s well constructed, too.
- Water- and wind-proof
- Highly flexible
- Great air circulation
- A bit pricey
- Not as durable than Gore-Tex Pro jackets
Rab Kangri GTX jacket review The things you should be aware of
- Five sizes for both men both women and men (Men: S, M L, XL 8 10, 12, 14 16, 16)
- 3-layer Gore-Tex 70D construction
- Three pocket (2 large external and One small interior)
- Hood that is fully adjustable (not helmet-compatible) Adjustable waist and the hem
- Two-way front zip, with storm flap
- Weight (measured) 572g (XL)
What do we like most about this Rab Kangri GTX coat?
Fantastic weatherproofing We’ve had to endure massive rains and sudden hail showers however, it’s been a breeze to wear the Kangri GTX has proved entirely waterproof and windproof in our tests, even when other items of our clothes haven’t been as reliable. It’s also exciting to know how this Kangri GTX uses water-repellent YKK Aquaguard zips all over the storm flap. The storm flap on the zip on the front helps stop water from entering even during the worst of weather conditions, and zip pulls are easy to reach even when you’re wearing heavier winter gloves.
Lightweight and durable: The three-layer construction ensures that you get the Gore-Tex membrane is covered by a layer sturdy 70D polyester. As such, the jacket was able to withstand scratches, brambles and scrapes throughout our time using it. Its weight is acceptable and our XL jacket weighting 572g.
Elegant useful design: The basic, stylish cut is stunning This is not a cheap outdoor jacket. It’s filled with very useful features. The length is long enough to keep your thigh and groin areas dry, and the hood’s broad and mouldable peak gives you great view even closed up during the most severe conditions. Adjustability throughout is fantastic and includes hidden release catchers to adjust the hood’s elastic as well as a hem drawcord that can be tightened and then released using one hand; an internal waist adjustment and Velcro wrist cuffs.
Large pockets: The large left and right pockets are able to hold large maps without any hassle whatsoever. The zips that are waterproof keep your items in the pockets dry and an additional zip pocket lets you keep delicate items safe from harm’s reach The pockets are large enough to hold even the biggest smartphones.
A well-ventilated and airy: This is no boiling-in-the-bag type jacket. The Kangri GTX is surprisingly breathable even when the pace is ramped up. Unzip those massive under-armpit zips and you’ll never have to take off the jacket when longer walks go from a slow jog to a march or if that sluggish walk becomes a strenuous upwards trek. The front zip that can be reversible is a nice addition also.
Fits well: Available in both sizes specifically for women and men We tested our Kangri GTX in a Men’s XL. Its cut definitely falls on the large side. When compared with Rab’s Kinetic Plus jacket, which is a more sculpted XL The Kangri GTX’s scrambling and hillwalking attributes allow for more space to layer. It was easy to put on an merino baselayer with a fleece midlayer under without gathering – and even a light down jacket under the jacket when temperatures dropped below freezing. If you’re looking for slimmer fitting, it might be worthwhile to size down or putting on an outfit with an elongated fit.
What are the things we don’t think we don’t like most about this Rab Kangri GTX coat?
Cost: As with most robust Gore-Tex jackets this one Kangri GTX costs the best portion of the PS300. For many, that’s significant money to spend on an outerwear piece of any kind. However, Rab’s lifetime warranty and reasonable repairs mean with normal usage you’ll get a lot of years of wear worth of your money. In fairness, it’s not too expensive: similar-specified jackets made by rival brands typically are a little more expensive, but they’re not as far as the PS400 mark.
Not as robust like Gore-Tex Pro jackets: The Kangri GTX’s 70-denier polyester shell should be tough enough for most people however, if you require an outfit that’s more resistant to rips and cuts it’s recommended to go for a higher-end jacket that has a more durable Gore-Tex Pro outer layer.