Rab's story began in 1981 in the attic of a small, terraced house in Sheffield where Rab Carrington made the first sleeping bag to bear his name. Hand-stitched and devised with his own ingenious eye, Rab's experience from years spent in the mountains was apparent in his designs, and soon there was popular demand both from friends and the growing local climbing community.
Things didn't stop there. Word soon spread and the Sheffield attic became a factory floor, creating sleeping bags and jackets for customers far and wide. Rab soon outgrew his attic and moved production to a local factory in Sheffield. It was in this factory that Rab built a reputation for making no-nonsense, honest, hard-wearing gear.
In 2003, Rab retired and handed over ownership of the company to Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd, committed to Rab’s exacting standards, ingenuity and pioneering spirit. They continue to use cutting edge materials as well as time-tested ones such as premium quality European down.
Over the past decade Rab has continued to move from strength-to-strength, making rugged, high performance mountain clothing and equipment that give you absolute protection, comfort and freedom on the hill, crag or peak. Nothing fancy or over-engineered – just honest, hard-working pieces that you’d rather repair than replace. From far away frozen summits to the hills of the Peak District, you will find Rab products all over the world.