We’re all familiar by now with Columbia’s Omni-Heat Reflective and similar technology from different manufacturers which use ceramic prints around the inside of clothing to reflect your body heat back at you to help you to stay warm. Rab has taken this notion one step further — instead of a print or overlay, titanium coated strands are woven directly into a fabric to not only add a degree of breathability, but additionally, it won’t wash out over time.
The make the cloth, nylon fibers are individually coated with titanium through a process of vaporizing and then condensing the element. All these coated fibers are then woven to a soft-against-the-skin cloth that functions to reflect your own body heat back at you.
This fresh titanium weave fabric can be seen in the firm ’s Mythic Ultra line of sleeping bags for Spring 2020. Stuffed with 900-fill accredited RDS (responsible down standard) down, the 32-degree Mythic 180 ($550) weighs only 400 grams. And although it’s graded to 32-degrees, Rab found the titanium strands mean that the tote feels 14 degrees warmer than its official EN rating when utilized in the field.
Another bit of mad light equipment from Rab for next summer and spring is the Phantom rain and wind coat. Made from Pertex Shield cloth and fully seam taped, this 2.5-layer jacket weighs only 3.1 ounces and packs down to nothing.
Obviously both these parts of equipment would be awesome for any bikepacking or softball experience you’ve planned next summer.