Not content with winning three major awards last month, UK-based performance outdoor brand RAB is extending its heritage of innovation further as it continues to seek ways to maximise gear life and reduce waste in its relentless sustainability strategy.
With the launch of a pilot RAB RENTAL program, available to UK customers from next month, consumers will be able to rent premium technical outdoor kit that provides leading performance, comfort and protection without committing to a full-price buy.
Rab believes the outdoors should be enjoyed by everyone and is committed to enabling access by offering a convenient rental service that shrinks the price tag for quality outdoor gear, reducing single-use purchases.
Integral to its GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY GOALS, Rab continues to seek ways to maximise gear life and reduce waste. By renting outdoor clothing and equipment for expeditions, trips or events, aspiring and accomplished hikers, climbers and mountaineers minimise the use of items that risk gathering dust or ending up in landfill prematurely.
The program will also allow customers the opportunity to test out gear before committing to buy. If successful, Rab has plans to expand this service, offering convenient drop off locations and growing the program to other territories, including the US.
Available through the Rab website, Rab Rental provides a wide range of Rab and LOWE ALPINE products, including expedition and mountaineering sleeping bags, tents and bivvy bags, trekking and hiking packs, waterproof shells and insulated jackets. Offering a flexible service that fits individual needs and multiple outdoor activities, kit can be hired for between 3 and 21 days.
Rab Rental will be managed by the RAB SERVICE CENTRE. The in-house service team will professionally clean, reproof, and repair returned gear as necessary to ensure it delivers long-lasting performance for every customer.
At the end of rental life, products will be assessed and either cleaned, serviced and upcycled or stripped for parts, recycling remaining materials where possible.