A walk in the wild: We tested Rab’s mountain range on a VERY wet weekend in the Scottish Highlands

If you’re hunting for a versatile and unquestionably reliable outdoor jacket then Rab’s Namche Paclite could be the perfect companion on your next adventure.

This lightweight and innovative jacket effortlessly lives up to its reputation as a premium piece of outdoor gear – from a brand who have mastered producing multi-use kit that looks sleek and yet performs even in the most rugged conditions.

We tested both the Namche and the Ladakh Paclite Plus Pants on a dreich (very soggy) weekend in the Scottish Highlands – the perfect place to find out exactly how waterproof your gear really is.

The first thing that stands out is its construction, crafted with Gore-Tex technology, the Namche ensures complete waterproof protection while remaining highly breathable. 

Boasting a HH (hydrostatic head) of 28,000mm, the jacket’s durable water-repellent finish helps effortlessly keep the rain at bay and the water-resistant zippers add an extra layer of protection.

Rab’s Namche Paclite jacket looks sleek in the wilderness or the city

Slipping it on, the fit of the Namche jacket is just right – it is light and weighs 364g – but also provides ample room for layering without feeling bulky.

The adjustable hood, cuffs, and hem further enhance its versatility, allowing for a snug fit that protects you from those biting headwinds.

I particularly enjoyed the packable nature of the jacket as it fits into its own pocket, making it a breeze to stow in your pack when the weather clears up.

It also has an eco-conscious side being made from recycled Gore-Tex, showcasing the brand’s commitment to sustainability.

In terms of style, the Namche also strikes a fine balance between fashion and function – whether you’re trekking through the wilderness or navigating the rainy city streets, its sleek design ensures you’ll look sharp on the trail or around town.

As the weather went from drizzly to downpour within a matter of seconds I felt very smug as I whipped the Ladakh Paclite Plus Pants out of my rucksack, the 3/4 zip allowing me to get them over my boots in no time.  

The Rab Ladakh Paclite Plus Pants are perfect forwet mountain conditions

The Rab Ladakh Paclite Plus Pants are perfect forwet mountain conditions

Not only does the impressively high HH of 28,000mm completely keep the rain out, but the construction acts as a wind barrier too, meaning my legs felt positively toasty as we stumbled our way from cairn to cairn. 

They also pack-down small too, weighing just 288g, and have a part elasticated waist providing extra comfort.

Not only did they fit nicely they allowed a complete range of movement meaning scrambling and clambering across boulder fields was no problem.

Whilst clearly not at the cheaper end of the outdoor market, in this game you really do get what you pay for, and both Rab’s Namche Gore-Tex Paclite jacket and the Ladakh Gore-Tex Paclite Plus trousers tick every box.


Rab Namche Gore-Tex Paclite jacket – £220

Rab Ladakh Gore-Tex Paclite Plus Pants – £210

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