Rab VR Lite Pull-On Review

Kevin’s written this excellent review of his Rab VR Lite Pull-On.

I’ve been looking for an alternative to a micro fleece for my 2 day Mountain Marathon running events for some time……and now I’ve found it. This is a very versatile, good looking bit of kit.

 

 

VR Lite Pull On in use.

My primary use will be for using as a substitute for a microfleece at mid camp. It’s lighter and nearly as warm and comfortable as a microfleece thanks to the Micro Pile lining and nearly as windproof as a conventional windshirt.

I’ve been fell running in the recent cold weather of March/April 13 with just a light thermal base layer underneath and have been plenty warm enough but not too warm. The Pertex Equilibrium has kept the East wind out and the thumb loops have allowed my hands to have good protection so I usually haven’t needed to wear gloves. The Matrix stretch side and underarm panels have given extra breathability and helped to keep my body temperature under control as well as creating a snug fit which I like.

 

Lycra bound thumb loops provide extra protection for your hands
Stretch underarm panels provide a close fit and extra breathability

I’ve tried using the Pull On without a base layer and it was warm enough but I did find that it got a bit damp on my back – I was wearing a 15L pack. However it did dry quickly. With or without a base layer it’ll probably be too warm to run in when the temperature picks up. I haven’t had the opportunity to wear it in a shower but would want to have a shell handy to ward off any serious rain.

If you’re after a lean mid layer which gives warmth and windproofing (which can also be used as a baselayer or outer layer given the right conditions) look no further.