Rab Baltoro Guide Jacket Review

April 29, 2013
Rab Baltoro Guide Jacket
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
90
Weather Resistance
9
Breathability
7
Mobility & Movement
10
Comfort
9
Attention to Detail
8
Value
7

The Good

  • Excellent balance of weather-resistance and breathability
  • Zips, other adjustments are easy to use with gloves on
  • Combination of high-loft and mid-weight fleece backing regulates temperature during start/stop activity

The Bad

  • One or two nit-picks - it was hard to find things to dislike about this jacket
THE VERDICT

The Baltoro Guide performs like a winter-weather fortress while wearing like a furry second skin—a nearly perfect jacket for stop-and-go activity in temps below 20F.

FULL REVIEW

Weather Resistance
With a weather-blocking shell outside and high-lofting fleece inside, the Baltoro Guide was ample armor against wind and snow whilst winter camping in the Sierra. And while its DWR-treated fabric can shrug off light rain, it is not waterproof.

Breathability
The slight air-permeability of Polartec’s Powershield fabric kept me comfortable even while fully zipped and charging hard in cold conditions, although humidity build-up was noticeable while working in more moderate temps.

Mobility
Long arms, smart patterning and stretchy textiles join forces to make the Baltoro Guide suitable for all sorts of deep-freeze gymnastics—this thing can move!    

Comfort
The shift it makes between on-the-go breathability and at-a-stand-still insulation is the Baltoro Guide’s single most comfort-inducing quality. It goes on comfy, and stays comfy.

Attention to Detail
Although they would have been small luxuries on a jacket built for thrashing about in cold weather, some users wished for more finely finished seams and lower-profile cuffs.

Value
Though it is somewhat pricey, the Baltoro Guide delivers huge performance that is well worth the cost.

 


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MSRP
$300.00
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