Rab Muztag Jacket ReviewApril 22, 2015
- Highly breathable
- Good weight for durability
- Soft chin protector
- Storm ready hood
- No pit zips
The Rab Muztag earned my respect as a do-it-all shell for adventures who want just one hardshell jacket. In windy and wet conditions, the fully zipped jacket, with its deep collar and generous hood, sealed out all inclement weather. In better conditions the eVent DVstorm membrane offered top-notch breathability. With a couple generous hand pockets and hem cinch the Muztag offered everything I need in a shell.
Trust a brand from England to make a shell ready for lots of rain. Waterproof zippers—with storm flap on the main zipper—and plenty of adjustments on the hood, waist and wrists helped maintain great weather protection. As did the eVent membrane. There’s enough protection here to weather a full-blown storm.
The eVent DVstorm membrane is the most breathable eVent to date—up to 20 percent better than the previous generation of eVent—and one of the best membranes I’ve tried. Because it lacks the polyurethane coating found on the inside of most other membranes, eVent breathes better in more difficult conditions, ideal for humid and foggy weather. It would be an even better performer with a couple pit zips, but at least the internal fabric is soft and hides any condensation well.
Three point adjustable hood and high, fleece-lined collar top the list of effective, functional features. The two hand pockets are generous enough to hold a one liter waterbottle when I strolled from camp without a pack. The waterproof zippers moved smoothly with few snags.
The same reason its breathability is top of class—no PU coating—makes eVent jackets a bit more susceptible to wear and tear. With no barrier between body oils and sweat, washing it regularly helps maintain its performance. But take care of it and it’s probably as durable as Gore-Tex Active shell, Polartec NeoShell or any other proprietary barrier.
Landing in the sweet spot for all around shells at 12 ounces, the Muztag finds a nice balance between features and function and weight. It packs fairly small too, about the size of a mini-watermelon.