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Rab Top-Out Hoody Review // By Charlie Low

” I’ve always struggled to find hoodies I like, as they tend to be bulky and unflattering. This hoody is really well designed; it looks as good at the bottom of the crag as it does at the climbing wall. It comes in a brilliant shade of green, or ‘pistachio’, as well as grey (anthracite) and a slightly more controversial pink (dragonfruit).

The ‘pistachio’ green of the Top Out Hoody is a welcome break from the more ‘girly’ colours around! Photo: Dale Comley

The Fit

Straight away I was super happy with how well the Top Out Hoody fit me. It’s a really well fitting hoody, meaning it’s comfortable as well as making the perfect mid-layer as it fits under a jacket easily. I’m normally a size 6-8 so I ordered the XS, which fit me perfectly. Its thumb-loops add extra comfort too.

Use

The Top Out Hoody is not meant as a super durable layer to take up mountains and battle the elements, but that said, I’ve worn it in the rainy and damp Frankenjura, on the sharp sea cliffs of Pembroke, as well as giving it the gritstone chimney test, and so far it’s held up pretty well. There’s been no bobbling, and after quite a few washes it doesn’t seem to be losing its colour at all.

The drirelease® stretch fabric is both moisture-wicking and fast drying, meaning it’s great for running around at the bottom of the crag in and keeping you warm on chillier summer evenings. 

Aesthetics

I absolutely love the green colour of the Top Out Hoody! When I ordered it I wasn’t sure if it was going to be bright enough, but it goes with so many different pairs of trousers and leggings, and the purple zips add a bit of extra colour to it. I really like the fact that it’s a bit more fitting than hoodies generally are, as I think it makes the shape a lot more flattering.

The Top Out Hoody is the perfect mid-layer for the ever changing Frankenjura temperatures. Photo: Ollie Torr

Overall

Whether you want an extra layer to throw on for breaks at the climbing wall, or something to wear in between climbs at the crag, the Top Out Hoody is a comfortable jacket that’s super versatile.

RRP: £75

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