Rab Neutrino Plus Jacket
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Rab's Neutrino range of goose down jackets have been the mainstay for winter climbing and mountaineering for serious enthusiasts and professionals alike - and the Men's Neutrino Plus Jacket is no exception. Constructed from 30D mini-rip stop Pertex and 275g of superior goose down, the Neutrino Plus offers an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio and packs down small into its own stuff sac. The cut of the Neutrino Plus Jacket is a little longer in the body for better core-body insulation, and the grown on hood is helmet compatible and incorporates a drawcord neck Velcro tab adjustment for ease of use and comfort. Box wall construction on the Neutrino Plus ensures an even coverage of insulation throughout the jacket, and the articulated sleeves help maintain a secure performance-fit for this activity orientated Jacket.
Rab Neutrino Plus Jacket Reviews
Reviewed by John (UK) on 2010-11-30:
General comments: Very good judgment of sizing for this jacket - although it can be worn over 2 or 3 layers (e.g. a base layer and a mid-weight fleece), it is not too voluminous or bulky.
This is a genuinely warm jacket and if anyone is wondering if it is worth paying the extra for this, instead of a cheaper Neutrino Endurance, the answer is an emphatic YES. In my opinion, it is unquestionably superior (see pros and cons section of review).
Pros: This PLUS version of the Rab Neutrino uses box-wall construction (the cheaper Endurance version uses stitch-through construction). This is a major, MAJOR benefit.
Given that the pockets of this PLUS version of the Neutrino have clearly been designed with at least a nod to harness use in mind, it is curious that the jacket is longer and thus perhaps less ideal for climbers. That said, I LIKE the additional length of the PLUS jacket, so I consider it a positive feature.
Nice sleeve tailoring which allows good movement for a down jacket.
Nice overall quality of construction, both technically and aesthetically. Stitching is done well and does not fall apart or come undone (I've had mine over a year now and it's all still very much intact).
Wired hood brim is a nice inclusion.
Hood is nicely insulated but not excessively so.
Nice high collar is really snug, unlike less well-designed competitors.
PU-baffled zips are a quality touch.
For it's weight, this jacket seems to me to be warmer than most of the sub £250 jackets available on the UK market (although the Haglofs 'Belay Down Hood' is worth a look, too, and, if you don't mind a lot more garment weight, see Berghaus' 'Incinerator'). The Mountain Equipment 'Omega' is similar, too, but shorter in torso length (which may or may not suit you, depending on your specific activity requirements).
Overall, you may find worthy competitors which equal it in some areas but, at this price, you won't fin
Cons: In contrast to the cheaper ~Neutrino Endurance version, the PLUS has longer pocket zips - I'm guessing Rab did this in order to make the pockets still somewhat usable if one is wearing a harness. That's all well and good but unfortunately it means that when one is not using a harness, the pockets let in too much cold air, thus not warming the hands effectively. To get round this, Rab could simply have manufactured the longer zips as a 2-way zip so that one can limit the ingress of cold air at the top of the pocket, when a harness is not being worn.
The hood stowing system is a cheap velcro 'bandage', sewn into the collar. Not a deal-breaker but pretty lame for a garment of this quality, and Rab could have done better here.
Hood is almost perfect but I'd like to see more adjustability so as to be able to draw in the sides of the hood more, across the cheeks. Please note, though, that the hood is generally really good in spite of this comment.
Pockets are not insulated on the portion which rests against the wearer's torso. This cost-saving measure again unnecessarily reduces performance - my hands are much warmer in other jackets which properly insulate the pockets on both sides.