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What is the Neutrino Pro All Black Edition
This version of the Neutrino Pro is completely exclusive to Trekitt, so you won’t find it anywhere else! Just like the original version, the Neutrino Pro All Black is exceptionally warm, offers durable protection against the elements with minimal weight and pack-size; the Neutrino Pro All Black Edition is one of those jackets that is capable of anything from UK winter walking and mountaineering, winter Alpine ascents or static duties in freezing conditions. It is still a highly technical down jacket but with a couple of adjustments here and there to make it more suitable for a wider variety of users.
What is it made of?
Outer Fabric: The outer fabric used is the ever-reliable Pertex Quantum Pro fabric to give this brilliant jacket superb weather resistance and durability. This lightweight rip-stop fabric is made from a tightly woven nylon and has an ultra-thin Polyurethane water-resistant coating on the back to provide increased weather resistance. This doesn’t make the jacket completely waterproof, but it does make it able to shrug off snow and light rain longer than an untreated down jacket.
Insulation: The Neutrino Pro All Black has been packed with 230g of superior European Hydrophobic Goose Down with a very impressive 800 fill power for maximum warmth without the weight or bulk. All Rab’s down is Responsible Down Certified (RDS) and comes from European geese and ducks. The RDS ensures that the down in a product does not come from birds that have been live-plucked or force-fed and that their welfare has been protected from the time they were hatchlings to when they are slaughtered.
What’s fill power? Well, for those who don’t know, it’s an internationally recognised measurement of how well down will “loft”. Loft describes how “fluffy” the insulation is, the “fluffier” down is the more space it can occupy and the more warm air it can trap in all those fine filaments. Down simply doesn’t work when compressed. The number used in Fill Power describes the amount of space one ounce of down will occupy in cubic inches when allowed to reach its maximum loft. So, in this case, one ounce of down will loft up to fill 800 cubic inches or to put that in perspective, it’s equivalent to about 13 litres, or the same as a Large Exped Fold Dry-Bag. Simply put, the higher the fill power the less down you need to keep you as warm because it offers better warmth for weight compared to lower fill power down. Which is great from making lighter weight, warmer down jackets.
To further improve the weather resistance every individual cluster of down has been treated with special Nikwax Hydrophobic stuff to ensure they resist moisture, retain more heat, loft better, and dry much quicker than untreated down. Again…this does not in any way make this a waterproof jacket. To keep that Hydrophobic treatment working for the life of the jacket using Nikwax Down Wash Direct to wash the jacket and then re-proof with Nikwax Down Proof. Alternatively, if you can’t be bothered to do this yourself Rab offers a cleaning service direct from their website.
What are its main features?
Starting up at the top, the hood on the Neutrino is a key feature for us at Trekitt, Rab hoods are always excellent. This particular one features a proper wired peak and is truly helmet compatible so you can get the hood over a climbing helmet if you fancy some vertical adventures. Adjustability is taken care of by a Velcro tab at the back and drawcords at both sides using concealed glove-friendly buttons. This means that it still fits well over a beanie or a bare head. Rab has also included another Velcro tab inside that allows you to roll the hood down and secure it if it’s not required.
The main zip is a reliable Two-way YKK VISLON moulded version to reduce ice build-up and it is backed up by an internal baffle to keep out the drafts. Storage-wise, you get two YKK VISLON moulded zipped hand pockets, the stuff sack can be found in one of these, and a zipped internal security pocket to keep valuables safe and warm. The sleeves are finished off with Velcro cuffs for an adjustable fit for all different glove options. They fit snug to your wrist but will stretch to tightly seal over gloves. At the hem, you get a dual-sided, one-pull hem drawcord for quick adjustment, even with gloves on.
What Makes it Different?
So, unlike the standard Neutrino Pro Jacket the All Black Edition features a minimal non-reflective tonal Rab logo and also doesn’t feature any reflective Pertex logos, making this an ideal choice for those who need a super warm technical down jacket but go a little bit more unnoticed. This makes it a great choice for Police or Military purposes, or for those who just prefer more subtle branding.
Additionally, for more mountainous based activities, we asked Rab to include 2 large internal mesh dump pockets for the stowing of gloves or any other large items you need to keep warm and close to hand.
Where does the Neutrino fit in the layering system?
The Neutrino Pro All Black Edition works best as an overlayer to throw on over the top of all of your layers in extremely cold environments when you stop so you can trap all of that precious heat you have generated whilst moving. It works equally well as a cold-weather jacket for stationary duties or when standing on the side-lines watching you kids play sports on the weekend.
- Pertex Quantum Pro fabric
- Discreet non-reflective black logo
- Black face fabric
- Grey inner fabric
- Stitch-through baffle construction
- 230g of 800 fill power superior quality Hydrophobic European Goose Down
- Down-filled helmet-compatible hood with wired peak
- Two external zipped pockets
- Two large internal mesh cargo pockets
- Water-resistant zippers to outer pockets
- Two-way water-resistant YKK front zip
- Internal down baffle
- Velcro adjustable cuffs and hem drawcord
- Supplied with stuff sack