Rab’s New Neoshell Jacket For Winter

Hello New Rab Nexus Jacket

More about Rab’s new for autumn/winter 2013 kit shortly – we popped over for a preview the other day – but as a taster, here’s a quick look at the new Nexus Jacket made from Polartec’s impressively breathable NeoShell waterproof fabric and a bonus peak at a new colour option for the original Stretch Neo jacket.

The Nexus joins the lighter-weight Myriad jacket and the Strech Neo as Rab’s third NeoShell option. It’s a heavier-weight mountain shell with a helmet hood with tougher fabric use on the outside of the arms and shoulders for improved durability with packs.

Generous Cut For Layering

In some ways it’s similar to a Stretch Neo, but it’s non-stretch which ups breathability slightly. Cut is slightly more generous than full-on super technical shells so you can layer it over a substantial mid-layer if you choose and it’s very much pitched as an all-round mountain jacket.

The hood tabs down and has a wired peak, there are three external pockets – two harness-friendly ‘hand-warmer’ pockets, an external chest pockets and a neatly made internal pocket which bonded in place.

YKK Vislon Zip

Last but not least, the main zip is a plastic-toothed, water-resistant YKK Vislon of the type increasingly being used on top-end mountain jackets for their slick action and reliable toughness – the interlocking teeth are virtually waterproof, though there’s a storm flap too.

Like A Latok But In NeoShell

Claimed weights are 590g for the men’s version and 510g for the women’s variant. Rab’s Dan Thompson sums the jacket up as being a sort of NeoShell equivalent to a Rab Latok. So why would you buy the NeoShell? In a nutshell, improved breathability and a nice, soft feel to the fabric. The downside is slightly reduced durability thanks partly to that softer feel. 

Price is £260 and the Nexus is in the shops now. Good to seem more NeoShell options appearing, it’s a great fabric.

New Colour For Stretch Neo

Also in store is a new colour option for the Stretch Neo Jacket and Pants – see the image on the left. It’s called ‘spring green’ and it joins the more sombre blue and black variants.

More Rab info at

Neat new inside pocket bonded onto inner surface.

Main-zip is YKK Vislon – water resistance from chunky interlocking plastic teeth.

And finally, there’s a new colour option for the Stretch Neo, looks great!


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