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Rab Mens Valiance Jacket Steel

Rab Mens Valiance Jacket Steel

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A fully protective and insulated waterproof down jacket for use in demanding winter conditions. Made with the best European Goose Down and reliable Pertex Shield fabrics to create the ultimate winter jacket.

Description

Season : 2019W

Code : QDN-62-ST

Weight : 0KG

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What is it?

Thef Valiance Jacket from Rab is basically a 800FP narrow box wall down jacket that has been fitted with a fully waterproof and breathable shell. This is the perfect winter jacket for those days when you wouldn't dream of taking out your precious down jacket for fear of it getting soaked; effectively rendering it useless. It is a reliable and versatile high performance winter jacket that will cope with the worst that mother nature can throw at it.

What is it made of?

Insulation: Rab have filled the Valiance with 170g of 800FP superior European Hydrophobic Goose Down. This high quality and sustainable insulation has a very impressive 800 fill power and is controlled throughout the garment with a bonded narrow box-wall construction. The innovative bonded baffles create a much smoother outer that sheds rain better than traditonally stitched baffles; basically the water cannot soak into the stitching as there isn't any! Bonding the baffles also reduces weight and improves the appearance of the jacket by creating a flatter finish.

Rab use Hydrophobic down in all their down jackets; basically each and every cluster of down is treated with Nikwax products to make them perform better in damp conditions. Although Hydrophobic down is not waterproof, it dries much faster, absorbs less water and retains loft far better than untreated down. In the case of the Valiance Jacket, the use of Hydrophobic down is a bit "belt and braces" as it has a completely waterproof shell, but it does help to stop the down from clumping if you are sweating hard inside the jacket. To further enhance the wet weather performance of this brilliant Jacket Rab have used a synthetic insulation in the hood and cuffs; these are the areas that are prone to wetting out from wind blown rain and snow or from wet hair and sweat. The synthetic filling will continue to insulate even when soaked and resists repeated compression.

Membrane: The reliable Pertex Shield outer fabric is 100% waterproof, all seams are taped, and it is highly breathable, so you can use this super warm jacket for mountain activities in extreme conditions or just as an everyday warm winter coat.

What are the features?

As well as high performance construction techniques, quality fabrics and fillings you also get a full feature set including a fixed helmet compatible hood with wired peak, YKK VISLON front zip with insulated baffle, YKK Aquaguard zipped hand pockets and a YKK zipped internal security pocket. To seal out the elements the wrists have hook and loop closures and there is a hem drawcord.

How does it fit?

As an insulating layer, it is designed to be a close, snug fit, yet features enough room to layer up underneath on the particularly chilly days. The rear of the jacket features a slightly dropped hem and the jacket has a flattering, tapered waist. The Valiance uses Rab's 'Regular Fit' so this means you'll have a bit of wiggle room, so it'll easily fit an extra layer or two on underneith.

Where does it fit in the layering system?

The Valiance is primarily designed as an outer shell, which means it works well to protect you from strong winds on cold days, right up to torrential downpours, but also has all of the 'pros' you get from chunky down jackets - this means it's not only the ideal piece for frosty, bitter, clear mornings, but it's also a great piece on rainy days - not something we usually say for down jackets!

  • Pertex Shield fully taped waterproof outer
  • Innovative bonded narrow box-wall construction
  • 100% nylon lining
  • 800FP R.D.S Certified European Goose Down
  • Rab flurocarbon free Hydrophobic down
  • Synthetic insulated hood, helmet compatible with wired peak
  • YKK VISLON front zip with internal baffle
  • 2 YKK Aquaguard zipped hand warmer pockets
  • 1 YKK zipped internal security pocket
  • Synthetic insulated slimline cuffs with hook and loop adjustable closure
  • Oversize drawcord at hem and rear of hood
  • Stuffsack
  • Regular fit
Care & Advice

How to wash your down products

Having spent years talking to people about down products, whether that’s a jacket, sleeping bag or even a pair of slippers, very few have had the confidence to go ahead and wash the product on their own, especially when they have just spent an arm and a leg on it. This small guide is here to explain that it’s not as daunting and utterly terrifying as it first appears.

Step one: Before you even get near that washing machine, wipe off any excess mud or dirt that may be lingering on the surface of the jacket, as this will clog up the washing machine, eventually rendering it useless.

We recommend the use of Nikwax Down Wash Direct for down products as it’s one hundred percent environmentally friendly and will wash and re-proof the garment without the use of bleach or any other nasty chemicals. What household washing agents can (and often do) is remove the water repellent coating on the fabric of the jacket, whilst also damaging the delicate array of feathers inside.

Step two: We’ll assume in this instance that you’ve been washing other products prior to your down jacket and have used a bleach based detergent. Therefore it’s a good idea to run the washing machine for half an hour or so without anything inside to rinse it clean before adding the Nikwax or putting the jacket in. Also, don’t forget to remove the detergent drawer to give it a wash inside, outside and behind, as detergent can clog up and still enter the washing machine if not cleaned out thoroughly. This ensures that any remnants of detergent are removed and that the Nikwax products will work effectively.

Step three: Set the washing machine to a cold wash (check the garments care label, most tend to be around 30°C) and as delicate as possible. Most washing machines have a “wool” cycle which is ideal.

Step four: If using Nikwax Down Wash Direct, place 100ml in either the tray or directly into the washing machine inside a small pot/ball. If you choose to use another washing product, place the appropriate amount in the machine in the same way.

Step five: Set the washing machine to run on a slow cycle, allowing plenty of time for the jacket to soak up the cleaning/re-proofing product. Most washing machines will have a pre-set time for different washing cycles.

When the cycle has finished be prepared for a shock, your precious bit of kit will come out looking like a soggy ball of material. But don’t worry, you haven’t ruined it, it’s just that all that fluffy down insulation has become water logged and has clumped together. The trick is to now get all that down nice and dry to reinstate its superb insulating properties. Simply hanging it up in a warm place will not work that well. It will take days to properly dry and you will have to constantly break up the clumps to get it thoroughly dry. The best way is to use a tumble dryer; either a domestic one for smaller items or a commercial drier for sleeping bags.

Step six: Pop the garment into the dryer and make sure to select a low heat; a high heat runs the risk of melting seams and fabrics within the garment. It sounds weird, but shove a few tennis balls into the drier with the garment; the tennis balls will bounce around and help to break up the clumps of down. Every 20 minutes, pull the jacket out of the dryer and lie the jacket down on a table. Run your hands over the jacket until you find a 'clump' or ball of down; tease apart this down clump and spread it evenly into the baffle. Once you're confident you've pulled apart every clump to the best of your ability, stick it back in for another 20 minutes. Keep repeating this until there are no more clumps left. 

Step seven: When the cycle has finished and you are sure that you have got the garment as dry as possible, hang it up in a warm dry place, an airing cupboard is ideal, for 24 hours. This drives out the last of any dampness and allows the down to loft fully. Take it out and give it a good shake and, hey presto, it’ll be as good as new.

 

Technical Information

Weight: 660g

Outer fabric: Pertex Shield

Inner fabric: Pertex Quantum

Insulation: 800FP R.D.S Certified European Goose Down

Sizing Information
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Rab Men's Sizing Information

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

  Chest Waist Arm Length
S 37 " 30 " 33 "
M 40 " 32 " 34 "
L 43 " 34 " 35 "
XL 46 " 36 " 36 "
XXL 48 " 38 " 36 "
  Chest Waist Arm Length
S 94 cm 76 cm 83 cm
M 102 cm 81 cm 86 cm
L 109 cm 86 cm 89 cm
XL 117 cm 91 cm 91 cm
XXL 122 cm 96 cm 91 cm

Slim Fit: Slim fitting, sitting close to the body, great for showing of your guns and pecks.

Regular Fit: Neither slim nor oversized. Regular-fitting garments that are bang in the middle. The middle is good.

Relaxed Fit: Drapes loosely on the body, baggy fit.

1Chest

Run the tape around the fullest part of your chest, the tape should be just below the arm pit and over the shoulder blades whilst horizontal to the floor.

2Waist

Measure around your natural waist as show in the diagram

3Inseam

Measure your inside leg from crotch to ankle blone keeping your leg straight: not as easy as it sounds, you could take a pair of trousers that you already own, that fit you well, and measure from the crotch to the bottom of the leg.

4Sleeve

This is a bit more tricky! Measure from the top of your spine (at the bottom of your neck) to your elbow and on the your wrist

5Arm

You should place the beginning of the measuring tape behind your shoulder, and feed it out following your arm making sure to pass both the elbow joint and the wrist, as pictured. You should take the measurement at the point where you would like the sleeve to end. This is usually just past your wrist.

Rab Men's Legwear

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

  Regular leg (32")
S 30 "
M 32 "
L 34 "
XL 36 "
XXL 38 "
  Regular leg (32")
S 76 cm
M 81 cm
L 86 cm
XL 91 cm
XXL 97 cm

Slim Fit: Slim fitting, sitting close to the body, great for showing of your guns and pecks.

Regular Fit: Neither slim nor oversized. Regular-fitting garments that are bang in the middle. The middle is good.

Relaxed Fit: Drapes loosely on the body, baggy fit.

1Chest

Run the tape around the fullest part of your chest, the tape should be just below the arm pit and over the shoulder blades whilst horizontal to the floor.

2Waist

Measure around your natural waist as show in the diagram

3Inseam

Measure your inside leg from crotch to ankle blone keeping your leg straight: not as easy as it sounds, you could take a pair of trousers that you already own, that fit you well, and measure from the crotch to the bottom of the leg.

4Sleeve

This is a bit more tricky! Measure from the top of your spine (at the bottom of your neck) to your elbow and on the your wrist

5Arm

You should place the beginning of the measuring tape behind your shoulder, and feed it out following your arm making sure to pass both the elbow joint and the wrist, as pictured. You should take the measurement at the point where you would like the sleeve to end. This is usually just past your wrist.

Rab Men's Gloves

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions.

  Circumference of hand Length of hand
S 7-7.5 " 6.5-7 "
M 8-8.5 " 7.5-8 "
L 9-9.5 " 8.5-9 "
XL 9.5-10 "+ 9-9.5 "
  Circumference of hand Length of hand
S 18-19 cm 16.5-18 cm
M 20-21.5 cm 19-20 cm
L 23-24 cm 21.5-23 cm
XL 24-25.5 cm+ 23-24 cm+
1Length of Hand

Measure from the wrist to the top of your middle finger.

2Circumference of hand

Measure around the fullest part of the hand around the knuckles and excluding the thumb.

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  • 5

    Rab Mens Valiance Jacket Steel ,  On

    Received the Rab Valiance Jacket following a mix-up with another jacket that had been ordered. Spoke with Paul who was absolutely brilliant and suggested the Valiance would be better for my needs. Delighted with not only the snugness, warmth and superior quality of the product but also blown away by the customer service that Paul and Trekitt showed me as a first time customer. I am a total convert to the Trekitt brand and will be recommending the company to friends and anyone else who is looking for high quality outdoor products and wants the very best in customer service. Great to have found a company that cares not only about the quality of the items it stocks but also values its customers and their customer experience equally highly. Extremely happy with the Rab Valiance - its a great winter weather beater and - and look forward to making Trekitt my go to place for the very best in outdoor wear. Big thanks to Paul and the rest of the Trekitt team.
    YES euan leckie would recommend this item
  • 5

    Rab Mens Valiance Jacket Steel ,  On

    Great service and speedy delivery by Trekitt, with a great quality jacket. The Valiance jacket is great for warmth and that added extra with the waterproof outer as well.
    YES Colin H would recommend this item
  • 5

    Rab Mens Valiance Jacket Steel ,  On

    There are tons of down jackets out there, but very few that are properly waterproof and not just water resistant. Thermal insulation is great and the waterproofing means this is a very versatile jacket, and you don't need to carry a back up waterproof shell. Its ideal for the cold and wet UK climate.
    YES Chris would recommend this item
  • 5

    Rab Mens Valiance Jacket Steel ,  On

    Although it is too early to form a full judgement, my initial impressions are all very positive. The outer fabric feels more robust than I thought it might for its weight and showed no signs of water ingress after 90 minutes in moderate to heavy rain. The degree of insulation is a subjective preference, but for me (I run hot) it was a good balance between being warm enough for standing around at minus 5 but not too hot for moderate activity levels. The latter no doubt helped by excellent breathability. In both cases this was over just a base layer. There doesnt seem to be anything else on the market with this combination of features and at £239 is no more than many hardshells!
    YES Ian would recommend this item
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