|The Rab PS Hardface Hoody|
It also benefits from having an additional treatment to the face of the fabric, Polartec's Hardface technology. This is a method for fusing a polymer to the surface of Polartec's fleece fabric. This polymer creates a hard, smooth yet flexible surface that reduces friction between layers and creates a much more durable surface. It also improves the durable water repellency while maintaining the breathability of the original fleece fabric.
Technical stuff out of the way, let's look closer at the actual jacket itself:
|Front and side views of the PS Hoody|
- Polartec Power Stretch fabric with Hardface Technology
- Adjustable hood
- Hem drawcord
- Double fabric cuff
- Flatlock seams
- YKK front zip
- Two zipped hand pockets
As with most mid-layer hoods, this one is designed to go over your head like a beanie, rather than being sized to go over a helmet. This one, thanks to its adjusters, can be cinched in when the weather turns really cold and provides a much needed boost of warmth.
|The jacket's hood|
There are two handwarmers pockets for, well, warming you hands and the zips run nice and smoothly, if that's how you like your zips.
The double fabric cuffs are really nice and should add some extra durability around the hard-wearing areas. Unlike a lot of Rab jackets, the arms on this one aren't overly long which is a nice change.
|Double fabric cuff|
As I mentioned at the start, I've worn this jacket a lot this winter, usually layered beneath a softshell where it provides some awesome warmth without things getting too hot. They say the sign of a great piece of clothing is one that you don't notice is there and I think this falls into that category. I had been thinking there had been a lull in gear from Rab but this piece and some of 2016's spring items certainly have me interested again and if you're considering some new mid-layer warmth then I'd recommend giving this a go.
|The PS Hardface Hoody doing its job on Scafell Pike|