This winter it would seem that Rab have really got the recognition they deserve, becoming a household name known for not just the look of their outdoor clothing but the tech that is involved in each garment, The hugely popular Microlight Jackets have been selling like hotcakes, and people are beginning to realize that Rab's waterproofing is a force to be reckoned with. The Inferno Shield is no exception to this brilliant line of clothing.
The Inferno Shield combines these two factors, with a synthetic Pyrotec down filling, and a fully waterproof Pertex Shield+ outer.
The Pyrotec filling features a man made, synthetic down, boasting a low water retention and a high water repellency, meaning your down inner is highly unlikely to clump and be ruined (such as natural down jackets can be) if by some miracle water does manage to get through the Pertex outer. This also means looking after the jacket is so much easier than a natural down, giving you the ability to just was it as normal, first with NikWax Tech Wash and then again with NikWax TX Direct. For the tecchies out there, the whole body of the jacket has 80g of filling, while the arms and hood has 60g, keeping the jacket lightweight and breathable. The insulated hood is also helmet compatible, making the Inferno Shield not only a brilliant choice for walkers and climbers, but also horse riders, cyclists and mountaineering.
For anyone in England looking at this jacket, it is perfect for our climate. The synthetic down with a thin but lofty filling means the jacket isn't too hot for our relatively mild weather, but will keep you really warm without having to pile a hundred fleeces underneath.
The Pertex Shield+ is a totally waterproof and fully breathable membrane (rather than a coating), which gives the jacket long lasting water repellency, even with rucksack straps rubbing on the shoulders. Of course, the jacket still needs to be treated fairly regularly (with daily use once or twice every 2 months), but again, due to the synthetic down you can just treat it as you would a normal waterproof. Pertex Shield+ is made out of 2.5 and 3 layer configurations of hydrophilic membrane, keeping it robust but breathable and therefore making it a versatile and flexible jacket.
This high spec waterproofing system is reinforced with AquaGuard zips both down the front of the jacket and in the pockets, allowing you to leave your phone, keys or money in the jacket without worrying about them getting damaged.
This jacket is even further backed up by Rab's brilliant customer support - all of their products feature a guarantee for the usable life of the product, covering you for anything that fails with regards to workmanship or materials (just make sure you keep your receipt!!).
At Penrose Outdoors, we have the full men's Inferno Shield Hoodie size range and also stock the women's version, however we only have one left due to high demand, so grab them while you can! With prices cheaper than many other outdoor retailers, supporting an independent store has never been easier.