Rab is a English outdoor gear company, well known in Europe, that has just started selling gear here in the US. I already own a fantastic eVent shell made by them (Rab Momentum), and I bought this 100 Weight Microfleece pull-on at the end of the TGO Challenge, as they’re one of the event’s long time sponsors.
At the time, I didn’t think I’d actually use this fleece that much, but as the weather’s turned cool, I find myself bringing it along more and more on my hikes. Actually, I got the idea from Chris Townsend who included a fleece like this on his gear list for the Pacific Northwest Trail Thru-hike, he’s doing right now.
Warmth-wise, I’m finding that the Rab fleece is good to wear in the morning over a techwick short sleeve shirt when it’s still cool, while the central zipper and deep, mesh-lined pocket zip, vent the fleece as I warm up. The same holds at night, when I want a warm, yet mobile layer, while cooking diner after my body’s cooled off from hiking all day.
At 9.9 oz for an XL, the weight and bulk are acceptable for shoulder season and winter use. Be forewarned however, that the torso is snug-fitting and may be a little confining if you are carrying a few extra pounds.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.