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RAB Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket Review

RAB Endurance Jacket Review

We’ve been tested, using and generally abusing the superb RAB Neutrino Infinity Down Jacket for some time now.

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Whether you’re hiking, climbing or walking the Neutrino Endurance is an excellent lightweight and fully featured down jacket.  It’s primarily designed for climbing and mountain use and has become somewhat of a benchmark for mountaineers and those looking for a lightweight, robust, high performance down jacket.

Having owned plenty of down jackets over a number of years that have ended up at the back of the wardrobe, the RAB Neutrino Endurance Jacket has been somewhat of a revelation…

Benefiting from a Pertex® Endurance outer or face fabric,

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which is not only durable, but provides protection against light rain and spindrift meaning you stay cosy and warm.  The filling used throughout is high quality 800 fill pure Hydrophobic European goose down, which with a name like aught to good!  Warmth is something that the Neutrino Endurance jacket excels at, without feeling heavy or over burdening, it’s phenomenally light and thanks to the quality fabrics and fills, compresses and packs down to next to nothing.

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Closer examination of the Endurance jacket rewards the observer with the usual eye watering quality you’d expect from a brand like RAB.  Ample storage space, helmet compatible hood with a wired peak, 2-way YKK AquaGuard® front zip with internal insulated zip baffle and chin guard.  The list goes on…  The thought that’s gone in to design and manufacture is nothing short of astounding.

Having owned plenty of down jackets over a number of years that have ended up at the back of the wardrobe, the RAB Neutrino Endurance Jacket has been somewhat of a revelation; getting plenty of wear thanks to it’s quality, versatility and excellent insulation to weight ratio.

Equally at home at altitude as it is in the hills and fells, the RAB Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket has become a firm favourite of ours.

For more information check out our First Impressions tab, or follow the link below to RAB’s Homepage to this and all their other great products

RAB UK

The very first thing you notice when trying on the RAB Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket is just how light it is…  The second thing you notice is quality; this thing literally oozes quality in every nook and cranny.

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Every aspect of the jacket has been carefully thought out including the selection fabrics, fillings and components to create a formidable piece of kit.  Packed full and features and technology as well as something called “Hydrophobic Down…”


What Is Hydrophobic Down?

The name Rab is synonymous with the best, technical, down products. Since the earliest sleeping bags and jackets made by Rab Carrington in the early 80’s Rab has been at the forefront of high quality, down product design for mountaineering uses.

Traditionally down is felt to have one drawback: that it loses much of its insulating qualities when wet.

Down continues to offer unparalleled warmth for weight, compressibility and longevity, but when down gets soaked its expansive air-trapping structure temporarily collapses.

We guard against this by protecting our down beneath very tight weave and coated fabrics treated with robust DWR finishes, but for a while now we’ve been working on protecting the down itself.

When we started we found that our raw down was actually quite hard to wet. Perhaps because we only use very high quality down, sourced, processed and accredited in Europe.

But we weren’t content to leave it there. We worked closely with a company with decades of experience in proofing technologies to develop unique treatments that make our down fully water-resistant.

Our Hydrophobic Down treatment now ensures that our down absorbs substantially less water, so retaining more loft and warmth. It also speeds up drying times when damp and will withstand repeated washing.

Developing our Hydrophobic Down was a complex process. Duck and goose produce down with different characteristics and each grade of down required a separate formula.

Because our Hydrophobic Down treatment is applied to the raw down at source it is far more effective and durable than DIY down-proofing products. With these only a small percentage of the proofer reaches the down as the outer and inner fabrics act as a barrier.

Our Hydrophobic Down treatment is unique to Rab and fluorocarbon- free.

We believe it gives significant advantages to anyone active outdoors who chooses the performance of down and needs it to continue to work in mixed and damp conditions.

What are the benefits?

  • Dries Faster
  • Absorbs less water
  • Retains Loft
  • Fluorocarbon free

Rab® Hydrophobic Down is traceable under the European Down and Feather Association Code of Conduct.

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The Pertex® Endurance outer or face fabric provide excellent protection from rain and spindrift

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And is highly durable and abrasion resistant.

The helmet compatible hood is fully adjustable and benefits from a stiff wired peak, helping to keep the elements off your face

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The volume adjustable tab at the front of the jacket are easily adjustable and benefit from a single handed pull tab and enlarged cord trap.

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The main zip,a 2-way YKK AquaGuard®, helps to shrug off rain and spindrift

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which is echoed in the two hand warmer pockets also

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The pull tabs make opening and closing a very easy affair, even when wearing gloves

On the inside of the jacket is a substantial, zipped inner pocket within which you can store the stuff sac (supplied) and or your precious items or change.

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The cuffs are gather and elasticated, conforming to your wrists comfortably but the inclusion of a velcro adjuster is a welcome touch.  When things really get heavy you can synch the cuffs over your gloves to keep the cold well and truly on the outside.

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In the hem you’ll find the same quality draw cords, which can be brought into action when the temperature drops through the floor

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Caring for your RAB products is a very important aspect of maintain performance and longevity

The RAB Beutrino Endurance Down Jacket comes supplied with it’s own stuff sack, which means you can compress it down and store in your pack easily until required.  The stuff sack also helps to keep the jacket separate from any other items in your pack which could contaminate the outer face fabric.

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It’s quite astounding just how small the jacket will compress down too

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All in all we’ve been quite literally bowled over by the RAB Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket and for good reason.  It’s fantastic!  If you’re in the market for a winter warmer which will accommodate pretty all conditions and situations, the RAB Neutrino Endurance Jacket covers pretty much all bases.

Check out the RAB Homepage for more information and this and all their other excellent products.

RAB UK

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  • Warp: 30d
  • Weft: 30d
  • DWR/Spray: 80/20
  • HH: 1,000mm
  • Air Perm: n/a
  • Weight: 53g/m²
  • Composition: 100% nylon 6
  • Oeko-Tex

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  • Warp: 20d
  • Weft: 20d
  • DWR/Spray: 80/20
  • HH: n/a
  • Air Perm: 1cc
  • Weight: 35g/m²
  • Composition: 100% nylon 6
  • Oeko-Tex

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  • 225g 800 fill power Hydrophobic European goose down (Large)
  • Stitch-through baffle construction
  • Down-filled helmet-compatible hood with wired peak
  • 2-way YKK AquaGuard® front zip with internal insulated zip baffle and chin guard
  • 2 YKK AquaGuard® zipped hand warmer pockets
  • 1 YKK zipped internal security pocket
  • Velcro® cuffs
  • Hem drawcord
  • Stuff sack
  • Fit: Regular

The excellent RAB Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket

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Whether you’re hiking, climbing or walking the Neutrino Endurance is an excellent lightweight and fully featured down jacket.  It’s primarily designed for climbing and mountain use and has become somewhat of a benchmark for mountaineers and those looking for a lightweight, robust, high performance down jacket.

RAB Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket Review WalkHikeClimb

 

 

 

 

 

Having owned plenty of down jackets over a number of years that have ended up at the back of the wardrobe, the RAB Neutrino Endurance Jacket has been somewhat of a revelation; getting plenty of wear thanks to it’s quality, versatility and excellent insulation to weight ratio.

Equally at home at altitude as it is in the hills and fells, the RAB Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket has become a firm favourite of ours.  And no doubt yours too!

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