Rab has been synonymous with down products, ever since the company was founded by Rab Carrington back in the 1980s. In recent years Rab has also led the way with its micro-baffle tops such as the Microlight, but when the going gets cold you still need something that packs a bit more of a punch. The Electron is pitched at that exact market: a mid-weight, technical down jacket that is ideal for year-round use.
The Electron has quite a slender cut but there is plenty of room around the shoulders and chest, and the hood is great, being large enough to fit over a helmet and sealing well around the face. The stiffened brim and elasticated draw-cords help to keep the cold out on miserable days, with the cord locks being small, but not too small to use with a pair of gloves on.
The Electron features 190g of 800 fill power European Goose Down, which is a good quantity of top-quality down. In order to reduce weight Rab has used a stitch-through construction, using modified baffles (i.e. some big, some small) in key areas such as the body and sides. The result is a very warm jacket for a minimal weight. The down featured throughout the jacket is fluoro-carbon free Nikwax Hydrophobic Down. Obviously this is beneficial on an environmental level, particularly when brands such as Nikwax have proved that it can be done without a compromise to the product’s performance.
The hydrophobic down, combined with a water-resistant Pertex outer shell, means the down underneath doesn't get soggy like un-treated down used to, which inevitably became sodden and clumpy within a very short space of time.
* Yes, that’s a poor scientific joke – the electron being a subatomic particle with a negative elementary electric charge, as we all know - Ed
12 December 2016 by Rab
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