The Rab Sawtooth Jacket is a lightweight, stretchy softshell jacket designed for active mountain use, we’ve been testing ours over the last few months in both the Alps and back in the UK, here’s how it faired:
Comfort & Fit
The stretchy fabric has quite a course and tough feel to it with limited lining (which has proven itself very durable), however with a seams on outside the jacket doesn’t feel too bad against the skin (Rab suggest wearing it as a layer), the jacket generally feels nice to wear.
With some late snow in the air this May, I chose the Sawtooth jacket to hike up to the crags at Ceuse with and it proved a good choice, I didn’t feel too sweaty and the jacket generally breathed well, the full length zip was a nice feature for when it got a little warm.
On a windy day, the Sawtooth jacket will block out the worst of it, like most things there is some compromise in that the jacket breathes fairly well, so you’d certainly need layers in very cold conditions.
While the Sawtooth jacket holds off a quick downpour without any drama, it didn’t fair as well in persistent rain. However, it’s not meant to be a rain jacket and we were quite pleased with how it performed so it still scored well in this area.
Although the Sawtooth stands up against the wind quite well, it’s a very thin material that does not insulate, like most of these things though it’s personal preference and we liked that it was a cool jacket that we could use when climbing and hiking, so the fact that it isn’t too warm gets a good score from us.
Out of all the jackets we climbed in, this was our favourite, the 4-way stretch fabric moves with you and crucially doesn’t rise up and pull through the harness (like others we tested) when reaching for holds, top marks for mobility.
The Sawtooth jacket has quite a tough feel to it, initial impressions were that this jacket would stand up to quite a bit of abuse and it did, there are some useful pockets on both the front and inside of the jacket (strangely long pockets inside… handy if you enjoy long foods such as cucumbers), everything is easy to adjust and the neck zips up nice and high.
Being a very practical jacket, we didn’t find it the most stylish (with quite a boxy cut and outside seams) but that depends if that’s important to you, we woudn’t neccessaily go out shopping in this, but that’s not what you’d buy it for right?
Like the other Rab products we have tested, the Sawtooth jacket is a super tough and practical Softshell that won’t break the bank, it’s also quite popular so shop around for a good deal and you won’t be disappointed.
Active use in cooler conditions, if mobility is a key feature for you this jacket will excel, the lack of hood may be an issue for some but in our case it was not required and wasn’t missed!