Rab's story begins in 1981 in the attic of a small terraced house in Sheffield, where Rab Carrington made the first sleeping bag to bear his name. He sewed his pieces and designed them with his ingenious eye.
Through word of mouth, the Sheffield loft was soon replaced by a factory that made sleeping bags and jackets.
Rab's icons at Alpistore
Over the past decade, Rab has continued to grow in size and popularity both in the UK and abroad, with the introduction of iconic pieces such as the Microlight Alpine down jacket, The Electron Pro down jacket, the Kinetic Plus
A versatile, medium weight, down-filled sleeping bag. It offers good protection in winter conditions. Specially designed for outdoor sleeping, it is the ideal sleeping bag for those who want to buy their first down sleeping bag. It is also perfect for the Norwegian winter. An excellent quality / price ratio!
The range: Neutrino Pro down sleepingbag
Lightweight sleeping bag with water resistantPertex® Quantum Pro outer fabric . Ideal for alpine bivouacs and the mountains.
The range : Mythic in down
The best weight/heat ratio in the Rab range. Optimal warmth for a minimum weight for the ultra-light mountain activist. Notice to mountaineers!
Rab is aware of the challenges facing the apparel industry and is constantly looking for ways to increase the positive impact and minimize the negative impact on the environment
Product: Quality and sustainable products
DWR and Fluorocarbons
Our materials experts work hard to develop an effective alternative for each product. In accordance with legislation, Rab only uses fluorocarbon-free DWR or shorter-chain (C6) DWR treatments, but is working hard to eventually eliminate them from our products.
Microplastic pollution is a growing environmental concern. Currently banned in the UK.
Rab is a member of The Microfiber Consortium: an industry-led organization that aims to address the microfiber challenge through strategic activities: integrity, research and product development.
Responsible Down Standard
It's been over 30 years since the first Rab sleeping bag was cut, sewn and stuffed by hand in Derbyshire, UK. So it's no surprise that our down is an integral part of our heritage. We are proud to ensure that all of the down we use is ethically sourced from Europe. From the farm to the factory, every step of the process meets the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). We believe RDS certification is the most robust and transparent model available today.
Partners: to improve ethical, social and environmental standards.
Rab is a member of Fair Wear. Rab is increasingly vigilant about the way clothes are made and works to improve the working conditions of the people who make them. Every time you buy our clothes, you know that you are contributing to making the clothing industry fair for all.
The places of production
Rab has identified the best technical suppliers to manufacture products and has developed a long-term relationship of trust with them, regardless of their geographical location.
Planet: developing the business while minimizing the impact on nature.
Rab is concerned about the excessive use of unnecessary plastics in our daily lives and the impact they can have on the environment. Rab is committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging without compromising product quality.
At Rab, we have made sure to reduce the use of plastic packaging in our UK distribution process by:
Switching to biodegradable tape to replace plastic packaging tape (difficult to recycle and pollutes the environment)
Switching to paper/cardboard packaging, made from sustainable and 100% recyclable recycled materials, instead of plastic envelopes.