Gilet: Rab Generator Vest
The Rab Generator is a gilet that you put in your rucksack in case the weather gets chillier when you are out in the day, and then wear in combo with a layer system in the evening. The Primaloft One Insulation and Pertex Quantum outer and inner result in considerable warmth in relation to a weight of 290g. It packs into its own pocket in quite a nifty way. The elasticated hems contribute to the insulation, and there are two hand warmer pockets. Because it dries quickly it is effective in damp conditions and it can withstand a light shower although getting it soaked, unsurprisingly, decreases performance. This is not a large down jacket that will keep you warm at basecamp but it is a very effective lightweight booster layer. Motor bikers use it under their leathers and that is a perfect example of it's usefulness. It is good for lightweight camping and I have even been known to wear it inside a sleeping bag that was a bit too lightweight for the conditions, and it was excellent.
The Generator vest is very simple in design, with all that it needs to be a fairly versatile piece of additional kit. I also think I'll be packing it for a long time to come as I have had the Rab Generator for a year now and it is still performing as it did brand new despite a lot of outings.
Reviewed by Sophie Heason