The Rab Neutrino Pro 400 strikes the ideal balance between warmth and weight, which makes this our top pick if you’re after a solid three-season down sleeping bag.
Rab’s most recent marketing tagline trumpets the brand as ‘masters of insulation’. That’s a pretty bold claim, but the Rab Neutrino Pro 400 has the specs to back it up.
It’s filled with high-quality 800 fill power goose down that offers impressive warmth-for-weight as well as packability, reflecting its intended use as a specialist mountaineering piece, where every gram and cubic inch counts.
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However, it’s too good a sleeping bag to be reserved solely for elite climbers, particularly since so many of the features that enable the Pro to excel in high alpine environments mean it is also brilliant for backpackers and wild campers too.
That applies even in damp UK weather, since hydrophobic fill and a water-resistant shell makes it far more resistant to moisture than most down bags.
• RRP: $450 (US) / £355 (UK)
• Weight: 819g/1lb 13oz
• Length: 190cm/75in (regular) / 205cm/81in (long)
• Max user height: 185cm/6ft 1in (regular) 200cm/6ft 6.5in (long)
• Packsize: 36x19cm (14-7.5in) Fill: Ethically sourced/ certified European Goose Down
• Comfort: -1°C/30°F
• Limit: -7°C/14°F
• Compatibility: 3-season
In the field
We really appreciated the Neutrino Pro’s generous length and extra room for the upper torso, and so too will anyone who is over six foot or slightly broader of chest.
The bag tapers to a contoured footbox, which leaves less room for the lower limbs, but this is still a comfortable bag to lie in. It’s also very cosy, thanks to a shaped hood and contoured footbox, plus chunky zip and collar baffles.
We were impressed by the bag’s meticulous design and excellent quality of construction too – Rab have clearly thought carefully about how to build the best bag possible within the parameters of weight and packability. For example, the down chambers are arranged in chevrons, which helps to hold the fill over the centre of the body and prevent it from migrating (which often causes cold spots).
Similarly, we loved this bag’s extra little details, like the handy internal stash pocket and the ‘noctilucent’ zip puller – which means it glows in the dark to you and me. The practical roll-top stuff sack compresses well too, ensuring it packs easily into a rucksack. In fact, for us, this is pretty much the perfect three-season bag.
An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing kit in the field for nearly a decade. Having worked for both the Ramblers and the Scouts, he knows one or two things about walking and camping, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700 feet – that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest. Follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter.
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