Last year I climbed all 282 Munros in Scotland in just six months, a peak-bagging challenge that was simultaneously awe-inspiring and awful. At times the weather in Scotland was utterly apocalyptic and I lost count of the times I found myself on a remote, rugged mountainside, being battered by torrential rain and raging winds.
I’ve used a variety of waterproof jackets to try and stay dry in these atrocious conditions, with varying degrees of success. But, towards the end of my expedition, I settled on the Rab Kangri GTX Jacket, which had recently been released as part of the brand’s new autumn/winter collection. This is how I got on with it.
My first impressions on the Rab Kangri were that it ran a little large, in terms of sizing and comfort. I initially ordered a medium (I’m usually half-way between small and medium), but quickly changed it for a small. Even with the small version, I found it a little roomy, especially around the arms, but that was less of a problem when worn over mid-layers or a down jacket. Perhaps, after all those Munros, I was just too skinny for the ‘regular fit’ Rab described?
“Despite being relatively heavy-duty, I was able to move freely and comfortably in the Kangri”
Regardless, I found the jacket pretty comfy. I certainly never found it uncomfortable and I was more than happy to reach for it, when the skies started to turn grey. Features that helped to improve the comfort included: the Velcro wrist straps, which enabled me to adequately tighten the jacket’s cuff for my preferred comfort; and the highly adjustable hood, which I could tighten and loosen easily for tailored comfort and shelter around my face.