I have been a fan of Rab gear for a long time now.. I find the sleeve length in all the tops to fit me really well, which may sound a bit weird but most other manufacturers don't cater for people with ape like arms..
It's made of Polartec® Neoshell® which is 'highly breathable' and combines technical climbing features with unique stretch performance making it quite a versatile jacket. As always the hood is helmet compatible and adjusts well to fit without a helmet. This is somewhere which I think Rab always do very well.. It has YKK Aquaguard® zips throughout which so far have kept out all rain I've been out in..
The pockets are of a good size and can fit maps, gloves and hats with ease.. I've had my jacket for over a year now and haven't yet had to reproof it. Although it is breathable you do still get a slight dampness on a strenuous climb.. Technically though it's as good as anything else I've tried and a quick check on the internet shows that you can buy the Myriad for £130 which is a real bargain..
The only issue I do have with it is the fit.. I normally go for a Large but had to go for the Medium as the Large had a huge chest size and I could have easily fit twice in it. And having the medium means that the back length just isn't quite the length I would like. The arm length is still good though.
If you are looking for a decent hard shell without breaking the bank it's really worth a look.
I've had these for over a year now and bought them primarily as a winter boot after not being very impressed with the Scarpa Mantas I had used for the previous 7 years.....!
With all walking footwear it is important that you get a good fit. I have a medium size foot and find that these fit perfect straight out the box. The Raven has what Salewa calls a 3D System EVO, which is meant to give more versatility in how tight you can lace different areas of the boot, for better comfort and performance. This works by using two types of lace locks at various places on the boot. I had never come across this before and with a little tweaking I can honestly say that I have never once had a blister or sore points wearing them...
The boot is fully lined with a Gore-tex waterproof/breathable membrane and is lightly insulated. In addition there is a neoprene trim at the top-back of the boot to act as a makeshift gaiter. Even walking for 2 days through knee deep snow my feet stayed warm and for the most part, dry.. And the neoprene trim means you don't get any rubbing around the ankle.
As you would expect they are crampon compatible and have a nice stiff Vibram sole which works very well on rock and snow.. And although they are stiff enough for winter use they are my go to boot all year round due to there comfort. I have worn them all over Torridon this summer and have never been disappointed..
Unfortunately Salewa have just discontinued these for the new Raven 2 but that does mean you should be able to pick up a pair fairly cheap online. I paid £229 for mine 18 months ago and I have seen them online for around £160, so if you're in the market for some 3 Season boots you really should consider these.. 5 Stars....
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