In the market for a robust, breathable waterproof jacket? We put old-time favourite, the Rab Firewall Jacket to the test and it came up trumps.
Our thoughts on the Rab Firewall waterproof shell:
The Rab Firewall felt great from the moment I put it on. It was blissfully quiet with a lovely absence of that shuffling sound that drives me mad. The material is soft and flexible allowing for easy movement. I also like the long length and extended rear which means it can be worn on the bike. The only downside for me is the sizing, the large is a little too bulky on me and I have a feeling the medium will come up too small.
I sweat a lot so regulating my temperature is my biggest challenge. I was delighted with the almost full-length pit zips on the Rab Firewall. So long, in fact, I could even get my arms out of the jacket altogether. The interior of the jacket also seemed to wick away my sweat pretty effectively.
Does it keep you dry?
The rain just rolled right off this bad boy. A mate of mine has been wearing his Rab Firewall for a couple of years now and says it has worn brilliantly and that he hasn’t had to do any re-waterproofing.
The hood on this jacket was a big win for me. It is not too bulky despite the fact it is helmet compatible. It has a wired peak and is two-way adjustable which meant I could get a nice snug fit on a rather windy summit. The pockets are good and roomy (more than enough room for a map) and sit above your hip belt on your rucksack.
Overall verdict of the Rab Firewall waterproof shell:
Rab makes great gear and the Firewall is no exception. A good solid jacket at a good price that will prove a reliable companion in the hills.
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