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GEAR TEST: Rab Arc Eco Jacket put through its paces

I’ve worn the Rab Arc Eco Jacket a few times but, being honest, I’ve not seen much rain since having it.

The best test this had was in Yorkshire for a few miles in wind, snow and rain. It’s a good fitting jacket suited best for less intense days on the hills or for everyday rainwear.

With sustainability and looking out for the planet in mind the jacket is made just using one material – polyester, or more specifically recycled Pertex Shield Revolve (I emailed Pertex to ask where the recycled polyester came from but received no reply). The jacket is designed to be recycled easily at the end of its life and the process should be much easier now because there is no need to separate different materials.

While wearing the Rab Arc Eco out in the rain and snow I was quick to find some key areas that began to soak in water, wetting out as it’s called in the industry. Around the area where the logo had been applied on the chest had signs the DWR (Durable Water Repellent) had been taken away in the process and then at the sides of the main zip around one of the seams. Despite this the jacket was well fitted and kept me dry and very comfortable with its 15mvtr (Moisture Vapour Transition Rate).

Wetting out around the Rab logo on the RAB Arc Eco
Wetting out around the Rab logo on the Arc Eco
Again some wetting out around the main zip on the RAB Arc Eco
Again some wetting out around the main zip on the Rab Arc Eco

It has hand pockets and enough space below to accommodate a hip belt. Pit vents and a hood which is adjustable at the front and the back to find your perfect fit. Also, Velcro adjustable cuffs make them nice and snug and seal you in.

All in all, I’d keep this for light use on the hill or for every day and opt to spend a little more for a Rab Zenith Gore-Tex, or another style, for more active on hill use.

The RAB Arc Eco keeping out the weather
The Rab Arc Eco keeping out the weather

Rab says the jacket is suitable for Hill Walking and General Use. Mid to high lightweight, Mid to high breathability, very waterproof, Mid to high durability, Mid pack size, totally windproof.

Adam Renshaw #gearguyadam

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2 Replies to “GEAR TEST: Rab Arc Eco Jacket put through its paces”

  1. So, it wasn’t put through it’s paces. You walked in jeans, in what looks to be a rambling path with no rain.

    1. Thanks for your comment, always appreciated to hear how you read or perceive a review.
      To quote the writing in the review ” It’s a good fitting jacket suited best for less intense days on the hills or for everyday rainwear.” so yes on the occasion that the photo was taken I happened to be wearing jeans. This fits with the everyday part of testing the jacket as Rab also recommends it to be used.

      I’m sorry you feel like there was no rain but photos clearly show rain beading on the jacket and also some snowflakes so take my word for it, i even had to use the hood to stop my somewhat lacking hair getting wet.

      As for your interpretation of the path, I’ve been in some very remote places and there were still some sort of path that has been put in place. One rather remote place I spent quite some time was the northern territory of Pakistan where there were paths and even bridges with handrails!

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