The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket & Summit L1 Climb Trousers
John McKenna tries this combination of a light shell jacket and softshell trousers on the rainy Scottish hills and crags.
In the teeth of winter, we find our favourite testing ground and our best inspiration. For decades Rab have been boldly developing innovate hardshell designs. Our winter range is constructed to meet the conditions of the mountains head-on, whether they play ball or turn against you.
When durability and performance are paramount, and comprise isn't an option, these hard-wearing designs have been crafted for the mountains. Ingeniously created to keep you at peak performance on steep ice, and fully protected in the worst weather, here is a selection of our essential kit for winter conditions.
Designed by climbers for climbers, our Muztag DV Jacket is honed for those facing harsh mountain conditions. A true mountain waterproof, the Muztag DV's climb-specific features, high durability and low weight make it the definitive jacket for technical winter climbs. Made from eVent's innovative DValpine, this jacket will protect you from the elements while also allowing sweat and moisture vapour out. Suitable for prolonged bad weather, the features on the Muztag DV have been specially created to meet the needs of climbers and mountaineers alike.
Tough and durable, the Muztag DV Pants are lightweight waterproof pants designed for use in harsh winter conditions. Made from the same breathable, durable fabric as the Muztag DV Jacket they have a soft jersey backer for additional comfort. Three-quarter length side zips make these pants easy to put on over boots and allow venting on steep ground, while reinforced patches give extra protection against rogue crampons and ice screws. Knee articulation and underboot cord attachment points give full freedom of movement also preventing trousers riding up when climbing or kicking steps.
Warm, highly protective and breathable, the Ascendor Pants are designed for long days in the mountains. Made from flexible but hard wearing Matrix™ softshell fabric, these pants are made for movement. The outer blocks wind and protects from the weather while the slick high-gauge backer sits comfortably next to the skin, or offers a friction-free layer over insulation. Articulated knees and crotch gusset are designed to provide mobility for high steps or bridging, and mesh-lined thigh vents provide ventilation on steep, sweaty walk-ins.
Now available for women this winter, the Alpha Flash Jacket boasts an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio, exceptional breathability and fast dry time. Worn as either a cold weather baselayer or warm mid-layer, this innovative jacket is perfect for long, cold expeditions with limited resources. Designed to keep you dry, the Polartec Alpha body and flexible fleece panels wick moisture at an incredible rate, ensuring you're comfortable even when you're right at your physical limit.
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