If you are looking for a versatile and undeniably reliable outdoor jacket, then Namche Paclite by Rab It could be the perfect companion on your next adventure.
This innovative, lightweight jacket lives up to its reputation as a premium outdoor garment, from a brand that has mastered producing multi-purpose gear that looks stylish and yet performs in even the toughest conditions.
We tried both the Namche and the Ladakh Paclite Plus Pants on a dreary (very soggy) weekend in the Scottish Highlands – the perfect place to find out exactly how waterproof your gear is.
The first thing that stands out is its construction, made with Gore-Tex technology, the Namche guarantees complete waterproof protection while remaining highly breathable.
With a HH (hydrostatic head) of 28,000 mm, the jacket’s durable water-repellent finish helps effortlessly keep rain at bay and Water-resistant zippers add an extra layer of protection.
Rab’s Namche Paclite jacket looks stylish in the wild or in the city
Putting it on, the Namche Jacket has the perfect fit: it’s lightweight at 364g, but also offers ample room for layering without feeling bulky.
The adjustable hood, cuffs and hem further enhance its versatility, allowing for a comfortable fit that protects you from strong headwinds.
I especially enjoyed the packable nature of the jacket, as it fits into its own pocket, making it very easy to throw in your backpack when the weather improves.
It also has an ecological side as it is made with recycled Gore-Tex, which shows the brand’s commitment to sustainability.
In terms of style, Namche also strikes a delicate balance between fashion and function: whether you’re hiking through nature or navigating rainy city streets, its sleek design ensures you’ll look stylish on the trail or in the city.
When the weather went from drizzle to downpour in a matter of seconds, I felt very pleased as I pulled the Ladakh Paclite Plus pants out of my backpack, the 3/4 zip allowing me to slip them on over my boots in no time.
The Rab Ladakh Paclite Plus pants are perfect for wet mountain conditions.
The impressive HH height of 28,000mm not only keeps the rain completely out, but the construction also acts as a wind barrier, meaning my legs felt really warm as we walked from cairn to cairn.
They’re also small, weighing just 288g and have a partially elastic waistband for added comfort.
Not only did they fit well, they allowed a full range of movement, which meant scrambling and clambering over boulder fields was no problem.
While clearly not at the cheaper end of the outdoor market, you really do get what you pay for in this set, and both Rab’s Namche Gore-Tex Paclite Jacket and Ladakh Gore-Tex Paclite Plus Pants tick all the boxes.