Rab Infinity Endurance Jacket – Our Review

Rab Infinity Endurance Jacket – Our Review

Handy chest pockets on the outside and the inside.

Following on from our Hydrophobic Down post a few days ago, we thought we should review our favourite down jacket this winter – the Rab Inifinity Endurance Jacket! We haven’t got many left, so don’t miss out!

Christmas day started as it does every year, with a mad dash to the Christmas tree. A large, but very light parcel, addressed to me appeared beneath the other pressies. A familiar looking Rab logo emerged, followed by a bright green inner lining and at this point I realised what I was looking at – the new and updated Infinity Endurance Jacket from Rab (thank you Racheal!).

A few years ago, Rab released a very lightweight down jacket called the Infinity jacket (still available today). The following year, the Infinity Endurance jacket appeared in Rab’s winter workbook – a beefed up, more durable and probably for most people, more practical jacket. The down filling remains the same as the standard Infinity Jacket, with 210g of 850 fill power European goose down. This year, the down has had an extra special treatment – a Hydrophobic coating, which has been applied to the down at the washing/cleaning stage. This has been rolled out across all Rab down jackets this winter, with sleeping bags following suit next summer.

The differences to the standard Infinity Jacket appear on the outside. The standard jacket uses a Pertex Quantum GL – the lightest fabric Pertex make. The Infinity Endurance uses the same fabric, but, as the name suggests, one that has a Pertex Endurance coating. In reality, the standard fabric was strong and tough – but it never felt that way – I was always very conscious about using the jacket. The new endurance fabric is only 20% heavier at 30 g/m2, but it inspires a lot more confidence when you are wearing it. It comes with a hydrostatic head rating of 1000 mm, so can take a decent beating from the usual British weather. It still packs up very small into the stuff sac (included).

A very good pack size for such a warm jacket.
A very good pack size for such a warm jacket.

Being the middle of January, I had hoped that I would have been try it out in much colder, snowier conditions – but seeing that half of the UK is under water, I have had limited chances to test the jacket. However, the last couple of days have been cold and clear and it has been great to slip this jacket on in the morning. But, this is a warm jacket – and although I feel the cold, I have had to leave it in the wardrobe most of the winter. It is a shorter cut than other Rab jackets, meaning it is as nice to wear around town as it is to wear out in the mountains.  One of my favourite features is the soft fleece chin guard – a really decent size. So many brands offer this, but to have one of this size is really great. The other massive improvement is the hood. Now this is a big thing for me, as a bad hood can wreck a jacket. Many have fallen at this hurdle, but Rab have pretty much got it spot on. A reassuringly thick wire peak top it off and had the hood had a little more in the way of volume adjustment, it would have been perfect.

My only major gripe about this jacket is the pockets. They are all present and correct, and where they should be, but the hand warmer pockets just aren’t big enough! Now, I don’t know if it is just me, but I cannot seem to fit my hands comfortably inside. They appear to taper off, meaning that whatever I have got inside my pockets (phone etc) cannot be comfortably removed – a minor flaw when you look at the jacket as a whole, but a really annoying one.

Verdict

On the whole, this jacket is one of my all-time favourites.  The cut is brilliant, the down is very high quality and has now been improved to be even more resistant than before. Fix those pockets and its perfect! If we ever get a ‘normal’ winter, this is the first jacket I’ll grab.

http://www.roughgear.co.uk/p-470-rab-infinity-endurance-jacket.aspx