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The number of layering combinations for Scottish winter climbing can be as varied as the conditions you'll encounter when you're there. Add in personal preference and there's a whole host of clothing pieces that can come in to play; waterproof shells, active insulation and belay specific jackets to name but a few.

Key however, is your ability to be flexible with your layering system and manage moisture whilst on the hill; conditions can change in an instant and whilst you're active you'll be kicking out a fair bit of heat. With this in mind, we've pulled together a selection of pieces from our men's and women's ranges which are suitable for Scottish winter climbing, splitting these down into the layers you need.

Waterproof Shells

A waterproof shell provides your first defence against the conditions encountered in a Scottish winter. This layer needs to be tough and durable, able to withstand the scrapes and scuffs against ice and rock, but also breathable, allowing you to manage moisture whilst on the move.

Latok Jacket
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Latok Jacket

The ultimate waterproof for the mountains, our Latok Jacket provides essential protection as you battle the elements.

£380.00
Latok Alpine  Jacket
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Latok Alpine Jacket

The Latok Alpine Jacket is true mountain waterproof, offering complete protection from the elements in a breathable and durable eVent® 3 layer fabric.

£300.00
Women's Latok Alpine Jacket
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Women's Latok Alpine Jacket

The Women’s Latok Alpine Jacket is true mountain waterproof, offering complete protection from the elements in a breathable and durable eVent® 3 layer fabric.

£300.00
Women's Sharp Edge Jacket
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Women's Sharp Edge Jacket

The ideal partner for ski mountaineering, the Sharp Edge is designed for technical climbs and nail biting descents.

£350.00

Belay Jackets

Belaying can be a cold and lonely business, so it's important to make sure you insulate yourself whilst you're relatively inactive. Our belay applicable jackets do just that. The Photon X is our definitive winter belay jacket, filled with Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation, varied in thickness in different zones of the jacket for functionality and weight. If packability is an issue then our Neutrino Endurance and Electron jackets will take up minimal room in your pack and keep you toasty at the base of the route. If you run hot then take a look at the Xenon-X jacket, a Primaloft insulated jacket boasting high levels of breathability and a slim fit.

Photon X Jacket
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Photon X Jacket

Durable and exceptionally warm, our Photon X is your definitive Scottish winter belay jacket.

£225.00
Neutrino Endurance Jacket
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Neutrino Endurance Jacket

The Neutrino Endurance Jacket has become the benchmark technical down jacket for modern mountaineering and light-weight ascents, perfect for UK and alpine winter conditions.

£300.00
Electron Jacket
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Electron Jacket

The Electron Jacket is a mid-weight, technical down jacket, with a water-resistant Pertex® outer shell, designed for year-round climbing and mountain use.

£245.00
Xenon X Jacket
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Xenon X Jacket

The Xenon X Jacket is a lightweight and highly breathable Primaloft® insulated jacket, designed for fast-and-light activities.

£170.00
Women's Photon X Jacket
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Women's Photon X Jacket

Durable and exceptionally warm, our Photon X is your definitive Scottish winter belay jacket.

£225.00
Women's Neutrino Endurance Jacket
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Women's Neutrino Endurance Jacket

The Women’s Neutrino Endurance Jacket has become the benchmark technical down jacket for modern mountaineering and light-weight ascents, perfect for UK and alpine winter conditions.

£300.00
Women's Electron Jacket
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Women's Electron Jacket

The Women’s Electron Jacket is a mid-weight, technical down jacket, with a water-resistant Pertex® outer shell, designed for year-round climbing and mountain use.

£245.00
Women's Xenon X Jacket
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Women's Xenon X Jacket

The Women's Xenon X Jacket is a lightweight and highly breathable Primaloft® insulated jacket, designed for fast-and-light activities.

£170.00

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Active Insulation

Underneath your outer shell you'll need a layer that can move moisture away from your body, be highly breathable and also provide a level of insulation to keep you warm at the same time. Active insulation garments generally consist of two layers; an outer that acts as a breathable wind resistant layer and an attached drop liner, typically a technical fleece, which wicks moisture away from the body, allowing this moisture to escape and evaporate. We have two main technologies available in our range, Rab Vapour-Rise® and Polartec Alpha®, both available in a variety of weights and colourways.

Vapour-rise® Guide Jacket
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Vapour-rise® Guide Jacket

Face the challenges of Scottish winter with our updated Vapour-rise Guide Jacket, your classic winter-weight softshell.

£200.00
Vapour-Rise Alpine Jacket
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Vapour-Rise Alpine Jacket

The Vapour-rise™ Alpine Jacket is a light-weight, highly breathable softshell jacket, using our unique Vapour-rise™ technology to offer the ultimate climbing and multi-sport jacket.

£150.00
Alpha Direct Jacket
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Alpha Direct Jacket

The Alpha Direct Jacket is our most versatile and breathable insulated jacket, offering the highest levels of freedom of movement and warmth in the lightest possible package.

£200.00
Alpha Flux Jacket
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Alpha Flux Jacket

The Men's Alpha Flux Jacket is a highly breathable, lightly insulated fleece designed for active year-round use as an outer or mid-layer piece.

£140.00
Women's Vapour-rise Jacket
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Women's Vapour-rise Jacket

The Women's Vapour-rise™ Jacket is a mid-weight softshell jacket, designed to offer comfort and breathability when you're on the move.

£155.00
Women's Alpha Direct Jacket
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Women's Alpha Direct Jacket

The Women's Alpha Direct Jacket is our most versatile and breathable insulated jacket, offering the highest levels of freedom of movement and warmth in the lightest possible package.

£200.00
Women's Alpha Flux Jacket
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Women's Alpha Flux Jacket

The Women's Alpha Flux Jacket is a lightly insulated, highly breathable, mid or outer layer, designed with Polartec® Alpha™ ‘Direct’ technology and stretch fleece for multi-season active use.

£140.00

Fleece

Dependent on conditions, you might also want to wear a fleece between an active insulation mid-layer and your Merino+ baselayer. Below is a selection of pieces from our range that will do just the trick, from heavyweight to lightweight.

Power Stretch Pro Jacket
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Power Stretch Pro Jacket

The Power Stretch Pro Jacket is a mid-weight Polartec® fleece hoody designed to be worn as either a standalone piece or as part of a layering system in cold environments.

£120.00
Power Stretch Pro Pull-On
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Power Stretch Pro Pull-On

Worn as either a heavyweight baselayer or insulating mid-layer, our Power Stretch Pull-On is perfect for cooler conditions.

£100.00
AL Pull-On
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AL Pull-On

The AL Pull-On is a light-weight, long sleeve Polartec® pull-on, that is both high wicking and quick drying, designed for use as a winter baselayer or light-weight mid layer.

£75.00
Women's Power Stretch Pro Jacket
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Women's Power Stretch Pro Jacket

The Women's Power Stretch Pro Jacket is a mid-weight Polartec® fleece hoody designed to be worn as either a standalone piece or as part of a layering system in cold environments.

£120.00
Women's Firebrand Jacket
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Women's Firebrand Jacket

The Women’s Firebrand Jacket is a light-weight mid-layer fleece, with a zoned combination of Polartec® fabrics, for the ultimate combination of warmth and moisture management.

£120.00
Women's AL Pull-On
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Women's AL Pull-On

The Women's AL Pull-On is a light-weight, long sleeve Polartec® pull-on, that is both high wicking and quick drying, designed for use as a winter baselayer or light-weight mid layer.

£75.00

Baselayers

As your first layer of clothing, baselayers are arguably the most important factor when it comes to regulating your body's temperature. Rab's Merino+ baselayers are perfectly suited to Scottish winter climbing, featuring a careful blend of superfine merino wool fibres with a small amount of synthetic fibres, in two weights; 160g and 120g. This combination affords not only the benefits of merino wool; warmth, breathability and odour control, but also the benefits of synthetic fibres; increased durability and fast dry times.

Merino +™ 160 Hoody
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Merino +™ 160 Hoody

The Merino+™ 160 Hoody is a mid-weight baselayer hoody optimised for warmth, temperature regulation and multi-day use.

£85.00
Merino +™ 160 Long Sleeve Zip Tee
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Merino +™ 160 Long Sleeve Zip Tee

The Merino +™ 160 Long Sleeve Zip Tee is a mid-weight baselayer tee optimised for warmth, temperature regulation and multi-day use

£75.00
Merino +™ 120 Long Sleeve Tee
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Merino +™ 120 Long Sleeve Tee

The Merino+™ 120 Long Sleeve Tee is a light-weight baselayer tee optimised for warmth, temperature regulation and multi-day use.

£60.00
Merino +™ 160 Pants
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Merino +™ 160 Pants

The Merino+™ 160 Pants are mid-weight baselayer pants optimised for warmth, temperature regulation and multi-day use.

£60.00
Women's Merino +™ 160 Long Sleeve Zip Tee
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Women's Merino +™ 160 Long Sleeve Zip Tee

The Women's Merino +™ 160 Long Sleeve Zip Tee is a mid-weight baselayer tee optimised for warmth, temperature regulation and multi-day use.

£75.00
Women's Merino +™ 120 Long Sleeve Zip Tee
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Women's Merino +™ 120 Long Sleeve Zip Tee

The Women's Merino +™ 120 Long Sleeve Zip Tee is a light-weight baselayer tee optimised for warmth, temperature regulation and multi-day use.

£70.00
Women's Merino +™ 120 Long Sleeve Tee
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Women's Merino +™ 120 Long Sleeve Tee

The Women's Merino +™ 120 Long Sleeve Tee is a light-weight baselayer tee optimised for warmth, temperature regulation and multi-day use.

£60.00
Women's Merino +™ 160 Pants
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Women's Merino +™ 160 Pants

The Women's Merino +™ 160 Pants are mid-weight baselayer pants optimised for warmth, temperature regulation and multi-day use.

£60.00

Legwear

Legwear for Scottish winter climbing needs to be warm, lightweight and windproof whilst providing the user excellent freedom of movement. They also need to be durable, strong enough to withstand scuffs on ice and rock and with reinforced ankle patches to protect from the abuse of crampons.

Vapour-rise® Guide Pants
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Vapour-rise® Guide Pants

Our Vapour-rise™ Guide Pants are your classic softshell pants for when the temperatures drop and the gradient steepens.

£140.00
Vantage Pants
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Vantage Pants

Our Vantage Pants are a protective winter-weight softshell created for those committed to climbing in cold conditions.

£140.00
Spire Pants
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Spire Pants

The Spire Pants are mid-weight softshell pants, designed to offer the highest possible levels of freedom of movement for alpine climbing and other fast moving mountain activities.

£110.00
Women's Vapour-rise® Guide Pants
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Women's Vapour-rise® Guide Pants

Our Vapour-rise™ Guide Pants are your classic softshell pants for when the temperatures drop and the gradient steepens

£140.00

Gloves

Personal preference comes in to play a lot when discussing gloves. Some prefer a heavier, thicker glove, sacrificing dexterity for warmth and durability. Conversely, dexterity and feeling may well be another climber's number one priority; getting cold fingers might be a sacrifice worth making to reach that next grade. Mitts may be useful for topping-out or extended inactivity at the base of the route, whilst liner or minimal gloves are great for the walk in or for those of us who feel the cold more than most!

Guide Glove
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Guide Glove

The Guide Glove is a highly durable and waterproof winter glove, designed specifically for regular hard use in cold and wet conditions.

£100.00
Vengeance Glove
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Vengeance Glove

The Vengeance Glove features a durable outer shell, waterproof insert, malleable leather palm and insulation, providing warmth and protection to the alpine climber.

£100.00
Power Stretch Pro Grip Glove
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Power Stretch Pro Grip Glove

The Power Stretch Pro Grip Glove uses a Polartec® stretch fabric to create a light-weight glove with grippy silicon palm, for all round use as a stand-alone glove or as a liner.

£28.00
Blizzard Mitt
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Blizzard Mitt

Our Blizzard Mitt is designed to withstand the harshest conditions, providing waterproofing, insulation and grip, when it matters most.

£80.00
Women's Icefall Gauntlet
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Women's Icefall Gauntlet

The Women's Icefall Gauntlet is a waterproof and breathable gauntlet with PrimaLoft® insulation and Pittards® IGT palm reinforcements, designed for climbing and mountain use in extreme cold and wet conditions.

£90.00
Women's Storm Glove
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Women's Storm Glove

The Women's Storm Glove is a new waterproof and synthetic insulated glove using Porelle® fabric and Pyrotec™ insulation, designed for year round wet-weather use.

£47.00
Women's Power Stretch Pro Grip Glove
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Women's Power Stretch Pro Grip Glove

The Women's Power Stretch Pro Grip Glove uses a Polartec® stretch fabric to create a light-weight glove with grippy silicon palm, for all round use as a stand-alone glove or as a liner.

£28.00
Women's Blizzard Mitt
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Women's Blizzard Mitt

Our Blizzard Mitt is designed to withstand the harshest conditions, providing waterproofing, insulation and grip, when it matters most.

£80.00

Safety Equipment

Though most of us don't want to think about it, the worst can happen when you're in such extreme environments, so you should always pack safety equipment for this eventuality. Our Superlight Shelters, for either 2 or 4 persons, take up minimal room in your pack and provide a surprising level of shelter from even the worst storms, whilst the ARK Emergency Bivi could be a life-saver if things turn sour.

Superlite Shelter 4
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Superlite Shelter 4

The Superlite Shelter 4 is an ultralight 4 person emergency shelter, designed for use on fast-and-light mountaineering trips.

£90.00
Superlite Shelter 2
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Superlite Shelter 2

The Superlite Shelter 2 is an ultralight 2 person emergency shelter, designed for use on fast-and-light mountaineering trips.

£70.00
ARK Emergency Bivi
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ARK Emergency Bivi

The ARK Emergency Bivi is the ideal lightweight bivi bag for emergency situations.

£17.00
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