New Winter Products from Rab

Rab are one of our favourite brands for insulation. Their down jackets are great quality and really nice on. Innovation is key to what they do and you'll see lots of new materials like Polartec Alpha being used across the range. This is just an overview of what's come in over the past few weeks. There are more pieces in store and on the website.

Men's Microlight Alpine Jacket: €215

143g (large) of 750FP Hydrophobic Goose Down provides exceptional levels of warmth without compromising on weight. A Pertex® Microlight outer fabric helps to keep the warmth in and is both breathable and windproof. Key technical features include a down-filled hood and YKK® zipped pockets throughout.

Women's Microlight Alpine Jacket: €215

The Women’s Microlight Alpine Jacket is one of our signature pieces, with a moulded polymer peaked hood, elasticated cuffs and a separate stuff sac. A mini stitch-through baffle construction and a minimal, uncluttered design make the Women’s Microlight Alpine Jacket a perfect layering piece for alpine climbers, or an adaptable stand-alone jacket for day-to-day use.

Men's and Women's Microlight Vest: €147.50

A mini stitch-through baffle construction and a minimal, uncluttered design make the Microlight Vest ideal for use as a layering piece for alpine climbers, or an adaptable stand-alone vest for day-to-day use.

Men's Flux Pull On - €66.50

The Flux Pull-On is a mid-weight, zipped pull-on with a brushed back providing quick drying warmth, designed for use as a cold weather baselayer.

Men's Flux Pant - €57.50

The Flux Pant features a low bulk, moisture wicking, elasticated waistband and a slim fit, ensuring the pants remain comfortably in position when layers are added.

VR Guide Jacket - €239.95

As the weather turns and temperatures drops, our Vapour-rise™ Guide Jacket is ready to take on everything from winter alpine climbing to hill walking. Known for its warmth and durability, the high wicking Polartec® Alpha lining offers excellent breathability and a fantastic warmth-to-weight ratio.

On the outer, the hard wearing Pertex® Equilibrium® and reinforced panels are accompanied by a helmet-compatible hood, roll-down velcro tab and storm flap all providing essential protection from the elements.


Women's Nucleus Hoody - €72.50

The Women’s Nucleus Hoody is a lightweight fleece pull-on, in a high stretch fleece fabric for active use within a layering system.

A grid back and a form-fitting stretch design lend the Nucleus Hoody for use as an outer-layer when climbing or hill-walking in warm conditions, or underneath a larger layer in harsher conditions. Technical features include an under-helmet hood, Polygiene® STAY FRESH odour control treatment and a sleek clean design with only one zipped chest pocket.

Men's Nucleus Pull-On - €72.50

The Nucleus Pull-On is a light-weight, two-tone fleece in a high-stretch double knit fabric for use as a mid-layer in colder conditions.

A comfortable double knit fabric means that the Nucleus Pull-On can be worn as a baselayer in colder winter conditions. Key features include a high collar, Polygiene® STAY FRESH odour control treatment, and a YKK® deep venting chest zip and chin guard.

Women's Paradox Full Zip - €142.50

Designed to be worn as part of a layering system in cold climates or by itself in warmer conditions this insulated jacket is extremely versatile. Lightweight and highly packable the Paradox Pull-On uses the innovative Polartec Alpha insulation - a highly breathable fabric that quickly wicks away any sweat. 

Perfectly partnered with Motiv, a light and quick drying outer material, you'll find extra layers move easily over the Paradox without catching. Warm and extremely comfortable to wear it's easy to see why the Paradox Pull-On is indispensable to climbers, hikers and mountaineers alike.

Men's Paradox Pull On - €133.50

The Paradox Pull-On is an innovative and extremely breathable, light-weight mountain pull-on, designed using the lightest Polartec® Alpha™ insulation.

Women's Firewall Jacket - €260

The Women’s Firewall Jacket is a fully featured, stretch waterproof jacket in a breathable Pertex Shield® + 3-layer fabric, ideal for active year-round mountain use.

Men's Firewall Jacket - €260

Using an innovative new venting system, including full-venting YKK® AquaGuard® Escape Artist™ pit zips, the Firewall Jacket offers complete protection in wet environments, whilst the stretch fabric and highly breathable design provides high levels of comfort when active. Technical features include a helmet-compatible hood and a regular fit to comfortably allow layers underneath.

Storm Glove - €53.50

The Storm Glove is a new waterproof and synthetic insulated glove using Porelle® fabric and Pyrotec™ insulation, designed for year round wet-weather use.

A durable 4-season glove, it features a goat leather palm and thumb reinforcement, a soft bemberg lining and a single hand drawcord cuff closure. Whether you are practising winter nav or negotiating the peat bogs of Kinder Scout, the Storm Glove is a reliable choice to see your hands through the winter months.

Mens and Women's Powerstretch Pro Grip Gloves - €31.50

The Power Stretch Pro Grip Glove is a light-weight and quick drying glove, made using Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™ fabric, designed for all around use in variable conditions or as a low bulk liner glove.

Men's and Women's Ridge Glove - €44.95

Offering warmth and protection in equal measure, our Ridge Gloves have a smartphone compatible finger and thumb making them both dexterous and practical. 

Designed to allow you to use your GPS, camera or smartphone on the hill, the Ridge Gloves bridge the gap between technical and non-technical handwear. 

With a durable wind and water-resistant outer with a fleece-lined inner and quilted leather palm these gloves are warm and hard-wearing giving you good grip when using trekking poles and handling equipment.

Neck Shield - €26.95

The Shadow Neck Shield is a stretch fleece neck gaiter, with zoned windproof panels to protect the face area from cold, harsh conditions.

The bulk of the Shadow Neck Shield is made from Polartec® Power Stretch® fabric, providing high levels of breathability and wind resistance. Further versatility and protection against icy blasts comes from the Polartec® Wind Pro® fabric panel around the face area.

Rab Logo Beanie - €18.50

The Rab® Logo Beanie is a light-weight, knitted beanie with an internal fleece headband for warmth and comfort.


That's it for now. More to come. Call in-store for more details. 


It's that time of the year when you're back in the water.  If like me, you can get a bit nervous when you go too far out of your depth or if you're working hard to built up your distance and want a safety blanket then you should consider Restube.

For those of you unfamiliar with Restubes they are an inflatable device that you wear (deflated) in a pouch around your waist. They come with Co2 cartridges and if you get in trouble you pull the cord and inflate the tube (see video). You then swim the buoy back to shore, deflate the buoy, pack it up and replace the Co2 cartridge with a fresh one. A two pack of spare Co2 cartridges cost €8.99.


Today I'm introducing you to the the Restube Swim which is the newest and most advanced product in the range but you can check out the full range of Restubes here (there are cheaper options!)

Restube Swim is the lightest Restube in the range coming in at just 210grams. 

One of the issues with previous iterations of Restube was that they tended to move around during longer swims. The new Restube Swim comes with a removable RESTUBE active stick. With the active stick it is easier to position the Restube and prevents it from shifting during long distance swims.

Restube Swim also won the prestigious ISPO Gold Award. Here's what they had to say about it:

"RESTUBE is the airbag of watersports. Pull the trigger and RESTUBE inflates within seconds. The “RESTUBE swim” version is the most compact version ever designed, matching highest durability and quality standards with less drag and great comfort. Specifically made for all swimmers. Whether you're training for the next Ironman or just having a good time at the lake. You will feel more freedom and have an even better time around the water.

Jury statement: The logical evolution of the Restube – versatile, space-saving, and easy to use, to name just a few of its benefits"

If you're interested in finding out more about Restubes pop into the store. Our staff have tried them out themselves so can give you lots of tips. The Restube Swim costs €85 and the Restube Classic is €59.95.  They're available to buy here: 



Welcome to the new Wild Side Sports Website

This website is long overdue but my lord is at a slow process uploading hundreds and hundreds of products up here. Please be patient with us for the first few weeks as we get through the teething stage, there's bound to be a few glitches in the matrix.

Anyone who is familiar with the shop will notice that there is a lot of products not listed online that are available in the shop. Over the next few weeks we'll seek to rectify that but in the meantime give us a shout via email and phone if there's something you want to buy in a hurry.

Thanks to everyone who helped build it. Simon our fab graphic designer, Piers and Lewis our tech-gurus, John Beasely, photographer extraordinaire and as usual Phil's fabulous family who held the fort while we were stuck up to our eye-balls in it.