In 1973, Scottish climber and globetrotting mountaineer Rab Carrington was en route to Patagonia for a climbing trip. But his climbing equipment was still back in the UK – and due to a shipping strike, not leaving anytime soon. Unable to start the expedition without his gear, Rab stayed in Buenos Aires, got a job at a textile factory owned by a friend, and learned how to sew sleeping bags.
After years of climbing in the Himalayas, Patagonia and the Alps, Rab was no stranger to extreme weather or harsh conditions. His earliest designs reflected the pure pragmatism needed in alpine environments. In 1981, Rab founded his namesake company out of his attic back in the UK.
Rab clothing and gear hold in heat when it matters most. Responsibly sourced European goose down delivers maximum warmth at minimum weight. Balancing strength, packability and breathability, Pertex performance fabrics hold everything together. Rab’s lofty sleeping bags block out bitter cold on shoulder-season trips and winter expeditions, with ratings down to -23C. Premium insulated jackets keep you toasty on long belays and backcountry ski transitions, then compress into impressively small packages when it’s time to move.
From urban commutes and multi-day treks to ski tours and alpine climbs, Rab outdoor gear delivers function without fuss.