• Daniel Wretham

Rab Nebula Pro Jacket Review

Updated: Aug 4

So you might be wondering why i'm reviewing another jacket after being so happy with the Rab Nimbus jacket I reviewed not that long ago, well me as well to be fair !

Why I Chose the Rab Nebula Pro Jacket ?

So essentially the situation is that I have lost a decent amount of weight so my Rab Nimbus Jacket was now a little too large for me and I was all set to replace it with exactly the same jacket but with a smaller size but I thought I would look at what else there was in the range to see if it could possibly be something even better out there, enter the Rab Nebula Pro jacket !

Rab Nebula Pro Jacket Review
Rab Nebula Pro Jacket (Beluga/Orange)

So as you know I raved about the Rab Nimbus jacket and could only really find fault with a couple of bits on it, these bits have been addressed on the Rab Nebula Pro jacket so I was instantly interested.

My Criteria For The Perfect Jacket

Let me explain my criteria and the reason for buying this one.

So I really wanted a down jacket but I flat refuse to buy one due to the horrible process of removing down from birds, its just not something I agree with or could ever support so essentially it meant that down jackets were out, no matter how good the benefits were on them it just wasn't enough to be able to support such a torturous process I'm afraid.

So when Rab announced they had a new synthetic down system available in the form of Cirrus HM I was very interested !

Essentially synthetic down offers all the benefits of regular down without the pain to birds, and some more benefits as well.

Washing a down jacket is frankly a bit of a nightmare, it all clumps together and unless you dry it in a very specific way it doesn't loft nicely again leaving you with cold spots on the jacket as well as looking a bit rubbish too, Also the same problem if you are caught out in the rain.

In fact I was told in store by one of the sales people at Go Outdoors that they don't recommend ever washing a down jacket full stop, not very practical for a product that is designed for not only outdoor use, but will also have perspiration going through it, sorry Go Outdoors but not washing a product is out of the question and frankly poor advice.

Synthetic down is different though, its not feathers for a start and is in a sheet so it offers and instant advantage of having no cold spots on the jacket and can be easily washed and dried in an everyday fashion so already a major plus point was scored over the down alternative.