Rab Boreas Pull-On

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I bought the Boreas after seeing a review in a well…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 75 USD

I bought the Boreas after seeing a review in a well known backpacking magazine. I was under the impression that this garment was a pullover jacket like a standard soft-shell. It's more like a baselayer with a hood.

This item is:

  • Not Warm
  • Not Windproof
  • Not Waterproof

I knew it wasn't windproof and waterproof when I bought it, but the fact it really provides no additional warmth is the kicker. I'm not sure exactly what purpose this item serves. I think I've ended up with an expensive baselayer.

Maybe through trail and error I'll find some niche that this garment fits. I have worn this item, but it's more a case of wear what I normally would, and then throw this over the top, more because it's new, rather than because I need it.

It's quite a nice color though...

Update: November 18, 2011

Oh, one more thing. Maybe it's designed to go over helmets, but the hood is useless. After pulling over my head, the brow comes down to about the tip of my nose, which makes seeing a bit tricky.

I've tried rolling the hood back, but it doesn't stay in place and there is no way to secure it.

If you're sitting still and eating, this is probably a plus, as really only your mouth will be exposed...

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Rab's Boreas Pull-On page.

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Here's what other sites are saying:

Free Shipping. RAB Men's Boreas Pull-On Jacket FEATURES of the RAB Men's Boreas Pull-On Jacket Matrix SWS fabric Polygiene Stay Fresh odour control treatment Under helmet hood Deep venting YKK chest zip 1 YKK zipped chest stash pocket Flatlock low bulk stretch seams Open cuffs Slim fit SPECIFICATIONS of the RAB Men's Boreas Pull-On Jacket Weight: 259 g / 9 oz 75d/75d 131g/m2, 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

The Rab Ventus Pull-On is a light weight and packable piece for the active wearer. It's is a hoodless variation of the Boreas Pull-On by Rab. It uses Matrix SWS fabric with Polygiene treatment to keep you feeling fresh. This Pull-On offers fantastic sun protection when climbing or travelling in mountainous areas. The fabric does also offer some wind resistance but this does not compromise breathability and makes the Boreas a fantastic mid layer for both warm and cold conditions.

- CampSaver.com

The lightweight Rab Men's Boreas Pull-On Jacket is an excellent addition to your climbing wardrobe for spring's changeable weather. Its Matrix SWS fabric features four-way stretch for unimpeded mobility, and it resists wind, dries quickly, and is highly breathable to keep your hard-working body as comfortable as possible on the wall. Rab also added a Polygiene Stay Fresh antimicrobial treatment that reduces odor-causing bacteria by 99% to keep the jacket fresh-smelling for a long time. A slim fit drastically reduces bulk and weight without inhibiting your movements on the wall. The Boreas also features a 1/2-zip front for ventilation, a close-fitting scuba hood that fits under climbing helmets comfortably, flatlock seams to keep chafing at a minimum, and a zippered chest pocket that secures your valuables.

- Backcountry.com

Whether you're on a long, all-day multi-pitch climb or summiting Mt. Adams, you can count of the men's Rab Boreas Pull-On Windshell for lightweight protection. This award-winning wind breaker jacket is made with polyester and spandex fabric for unrestricted movement and quick-drying performance. UPF 50 protects you from the blazing sun when you're at elevation or high on an exposed rock wall, and a deep chest zipper allows added ventilation when you're moving fast. Polygiene Stay Fresh odor control treatment helps you stay fresh and flatlock stretch seams are low-bulk and non-chafing. A slim fit works well under your harness or pack, and the hood fits comfortably under your helmet when you need a little extra protection. Stash small gear or energy gels in the chest pocket for easy access on the belay ledge or summit ridge.

- Altrec Outlet