Rab Transition Windstopper review

: out of 5

Francesca Donovan
Rab Transition Windstopper


  • Overall Rating

    : 4 out of 5

Pros: Low-bulk, breathability, dexterity

Cons: Less warmth, not rainproof

  • Manufacturer:

We put these lightweight gloves designed for fast mountain days to the test. Here's the verdict.

The Rab Windstopper might not live up to its name but these gloves do have plenty of merits for fast-paced outdoor use.

Despite being thin and lightweight the Rab Transition Windstopper hiking gloves provided surprising levels of warmth. Whilst I’m not sure they quite live up to the ‘Windstopper’ name – I could feel some wind chill on particularly blustery days when I was moving slowly in arduous walking conditions – they kept my hands warm and comfortable in high places on quick jaunts, thanks to the Gore-Tex Infinium material with the Windstopper technology’s light weather resistance. 

Price: $45 | £35 (Available from

These Rab Transition Windstopper gloves aren’t designed to offer a great deal of rain protection, as Rab states, and they do remain cold for a while when wet. Yet, the silky-smooth three-layer membrane glove offers superlative breathability – warmth without clamminess – during more energetic days out. The Windstoppers are ideal for staying comfortable on super-fast ascents, and I happily reached for them as liner gloves on colder mountain days. 

Offering by far the most stretch in this test, the low bulk subsequently allows for high levels of dexterity. Whilst the finger fit is generous – not what I’d class as a slim fit, possibly down to the unisex nature of the sizing – the stretch allows plenty of wiggle room for gripping. I found these gloves comfortable to wear throughout long days, where other pairs in this test were removed much sooner. 

The all-over silicone palm grip is ergonomically designed and was a great benefit whilst using trekking poles. The durability also exceeded expectations on such a lightweight model. However, you can feel the contours of the grip through the thin glove fabric which might irritate some. 

These as they aren’t quite as warm as others that we’ve tested, but I’ll still be packing them both as a liner glove on winter excursions and for quick blasts in the spring and summer. And there’s no way I’m misplacing these in my pack!

Compare the Rab Windstoppers with other three-season hiking gloves in our guide to the best.

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Tested by Francesca Donovan

Francesca tested these gloves hillwalking and scrambling in snow, rain and high winds, as well as on unseasonably milder days in the Southern Uplands, Eryri (Snowdonia), the Lake District and the Peak District throughout late winter and spring. Temperatures ranged from just below freezing to 10 degrees. She says her hands run hot. Francesca wears a size Small and weights (per pair) are supplied from her own digital scales.

This review was first published in the May 2023 issue of The Great Outdoors.


  • Weight

    40g (Size S)

  • Materials

    97% polyester / 3% elastane

  • Features

    low-bulk 3-layer membrane

  • Sizes


  • Men's version


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Based in a Peak District barn, Francesca Donovan joined The Great Outdoors team in 2022. After a rather sedentary upbringing, a fear of the gym led her onto the hills ‘late in life’ as a tool for fitness. Instead, she found community and adventure as well as a love of the natural world and the magic of mountains. Recently, she spent a summer as an outdoor instructor introducing young people in the Peak to the hills of her home. Her own adventures – so far – have taken her from Snowdonia to the Scottish Highlands by way of the Alps and Málaga mountains. After a decade in journalism at publications such as the BBC, ELLE UK, and DAZED, she can now combine her love of the outdoors with the written word. When she’s not writing or sharing your best mountain portraits on social media, you’ll probably find her hiking, swimming, scrambling or wild camping.

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