This is my first RAB fleece. The second one was the RAB Logan. I've had the Shadow Hoodie for a couple of years and used it for both winter and summer hiking. The Shadow Hoodie is pretty good for winter down to -10F when hiking. When hiking in the winter,I will use a base layer underneath and if its windy a shell above. The shell is rarely necessary below tree line unless its snowing or raining. I though I'd try out the Logan. The Logan is more burly than the Shadow Hoodie. I'm not sure I'll bring the Logan with me on hikes but for everyday use it will come in handy. The good thing about the Shadow Hoodie is that its a bit more wind resistant than normal fleeces.One thing that I think is a bit questionable is the RAB customer service. The Shadow Hoodie had stitches breaking on the top back, this happened the first week after purchase. I guess that the tread was too tight and when the material stretched the thread broke. I contacted RAB CS in the US, They were not accommodating.
Its RAB they make amazing quality products, unfortunatley a size med did not fit me well enough so i returned it. the hood was awesome and wrapped around well but still felt lg on me I'm about 5'8" 160lbs
"Awesome hands down, moosejaw only gives me 700 characters to explain"
Every climbing trip i take i always bring an array of the supposedly best clothing items from Teryx, RAB, MAR, every trip the pictures from when i return are all the same this black hoodie because it might be the best jacket/hoodie from bouldering in the Buttermilks to big walling in ZION and everywhere else i go im wearing this damn thing with the hood up. It fits awesome medium at 5'11 150lbs, hood awesome under a helmet no hat needed the body and sleeves tight enough for brutal offwidths and chimneys, the zippers all work! The fabric is awesome the outside it durable and abrasion resistant, i grind against rough lichen covered granite offwidths, and whale over sandstone boulders!
"A well-made, multi-purpose fleece hoodie that will be well worth the price for certain users."
The Shadow is surely the product of a modern softshell jacket and a fleece jacket making sweet love down by the fireside. Rab calls it an "extremely versatile stretch fleece," which is pretty accurate. In temperate weather, it's a good outer layer; the abrasion-resistant, tightly-knitted and wind-resistant, DWR-coated outer surface protects me against cool temps, light rain, and moderate wind. In harsher weather, the snug-but-flexible fit (with its STELLAR hood and collar) allows me to easily layer it under a shell. Large pocket zips help regulate across a wide temp range. After several months, I've decided its flexibility is worth the extra cost and weight; IMHO, this thing is underrated.
from The Great (and Rainy) Pacific Northwest