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Review : The Rab Kinder Smock

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We’ve all had that horrible experience of getting cold out in the mountains. I can still vividly emember my first cold the core experience while climbing Slieve Donard at the age of 11. Ever since staying warm and comfortable has been very high up my priority list. Over the years I have enjoyed a number of Rab ‘down’ jackets. Regardless of the weather conditions Rab outerwear has kept me warm in the mountains for years. Consistent quality, it is exciting to see a return to the original design with the release of the Kinder Smock.

The first thing you will notice is a return to the original Rab logo of thirty years ago. I suspect we will see the retro look for some years to come. The high-class embroidered badge echoes the over all quality of the Kinder Smock.

The Rab Kinder Smock

The smock is true to the original design with a Pertex Classic outer fabric that’s both strong and resistant. I recently had to wade deep through thick brambles on a detour through the forest. Despite a series of cuts on my hands the jacket returned unscathed. For the inner lining Rab have opted for the durable but lighter Pertex Quantum fabric. Although it’s lighter it is still strong and designed to last.

The Rab Kinder Smock is remarkably comfortable. In many ways it feels like you are wrapped in a warm, soft pillow. The Fluorocarbon free Hydrophobic Down has been developed in conjunction with Nikwax®; providing the ultimate in warmth and water resistance.

Despite the warmth and thick down there is very little restriction to movement. A large side zip opening offers ventilation if things get too warm. Size ‘large’ contains 270g grams of down which is a significant amount as there is no hood on the smock. It’s not Rab’s lightest or most packable of garments but it offers completely unrestricted movement when hiking and climbing.

X100F Camera and Rab Kinder Smock

Pockets & Fit

The Kinder Smock offers an internal secure pocket as well as a large, front kangaroo patch pocket. The latter is brilliant for warming up your hands but for photographers it also nicely accommodates a Fujifilm X100F camera. I use a quick release strap and was able to ‘strap through’ the pocket so the camera was nicely protected and not swinging as I climbed.

Fit wise, Rab describe the Kinder Smock as ‘regular fit’. As someone who wears a ‘medium’ I found it perfect for the Kinder Smock. Even when wearing a base layer and fleece.

Rab Kinder Smock Review

Unrivalled Warmth

If you want warmth the Kinder Smock delivers in spades. The sleeves are partially elasticated with the final tightening being via high quality velcro adjustment straps. The bottom of the coat can also be drawn in thanks to side hem draw-chord. These eliminate the risk of any winter drafts.

It is strange that a coat could be too warm. Trust me you will be using the side ventilation system regularly. This can only be a good thing. The Kinder Smock doesn’t fold down like the Rab Microlight Alpine jackets. The pay off though is that extra bit of insulation.


Pertex® Classic outer fabric with Pertex Quantum® lining
650FP European Duck Down (270g, 9.5oz in size L)
Rab® Fluorocarbon free Hydrophobic Down developed in conjunction with Nikwax® Stitch through construction
YKK®VISLON® front zip with insulated zip baffle, chin guard, and high down collar
Insulated front placket with metal logo snaps
YKK®VISLON® side zip opening with insulated zip baffle
Large kangaroo patch pocket with tricot lining
YKK® zipped security pocket
Part-elasticated cuffs with anti-snag velcro adjustment and 1 sided hem drawcord
Regular fit

In Conclusion

Using the classic design of 30 years ago the Rab Kinder Smock feels built to last the next 30! The smock offers the traditional Rab quality and functionality with the rich 650FP duck down. This brings an unrivalled level of warmth and comfort. If you are looking for hard-wearing smock jacket that will offer years of warmth then is an essential investment.




David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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