Clawgear Rapax Softshell jacket
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- Last updated: 19/11/2018
For many, Clawgear will be a name that they’ve heard, but most of us to date have not had access to the products themselves. This however is changing; as with any brand that truly grows based upon the standard of what they produce, the quality of their service, and the testimonials of the users more and more of us are turning to Clawgear for our clothing and accessories, and luckily Heinnie Haynes are stocking a good selection of models now.
I’ve been working with the Clawgear team directly for a few years now, so I’ve had the chance to look at a lot of their gear in some considerable detail, and what impresses me the most about it is the sheer attention to detail! They truly understand how to pick a fabric, design a piece of clothing, and get the very, very best from both angles.
The garment to come under scrutiny this time is the Rapax Softshell jacket; the Rapax is an extremely breathable and uncompromising ‘mid-season’ garment, with a light build and low stowage volume for a wide range of tactical and range applications, as well as everyday use. Weighing in at 580g, this is a jacket that you can chuck in your range bag, having it there for when the weather turns.
The seam-free shoulder area eases pack/range bag carriage, without pressure points and prevents water from getting in, whilst the wind deflector prevents cold air getting inside through the zip. The adjustable waist adjustment straps provide a closefitting and functional waist design. The Rapax is extremely breathable, and uses a durable water-repellent fabric throughout, a 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex mix that works extremely well; Claw Gear also make use of water repellent sewing yarn, which adds to the overall protection level.
With an innovative low-profile pocket concept, the Rapax is extremely comfortable to wear and the modern styling allows a full range of unrestricted movement. The jacket itself is water repellent and breathes extremely well, making it a superb layering piece under a hardshell jacket if things turn really unpleasant. The Rapax also benefits from two lower, mesh-lined handwarmer pockets, a pocket on the left upper arm, and velcro patches for team/unit patches; there’s also an inner pocket, which allows routing for comms cables if you should need them
The Rapax is easy to pack and takes up minimal space in a pack; so, it’s absolutely ideal if you want to stow it away ‘just in case’. Overall, it’s a superbly designed jacket made of high-end fabrics and components, and the finish of it just oozes quality and attention to detail. If you’re in the market for a new performance softshell jacket in the very latest ‘tacticool’ colours, then I would thoroughly recommend you take a very close look at the Rapax!
For more information on the Rapax and other garments from Claw Gear please pay a visit to heinnie.com.