Rab was started by Rab Carrington in the 1980s, who after 10 years of climbing and mountaineering across the world and even performing the first ever "alpine ascent" of a route, decided to tone things down a bit and settle down in Sheffield, England. He used his experience and knowledge to start making down sleeping bags and clothing in his attic, before business grew and he had to buy a warehouse and hire employees. Rab make everything from down jackets, softshells, hardshells, sleeping bags, and t-shirts, all with the commitment to making "no-nonsense, hard-wearing gear".