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Last Updated: 13/04/2011
Glossary - Fill power close

Fill power is a measurement used to quantify the ability of down to resist compression, known as its loft. The higher the fill power, the more space the down occupies and the more effective it is as an insulator. Higher fill power down is hard to source and therefore expensive, it does however offer significant weight savings for gram-counting alpinists.

In the outdoor industry fill powers tend to start at around 650 and currently go up to 850 (900 does exist but is rare and mostly needs to be 'handplucked' from live birds). The down's origin is also sometimes given, most 'European' down comes from Hungary and the Ukraine and tends to be better quality that Chinese sourced down. The species may also be given but is not strictly speaking informative. The best goose down will outperform the best duck down, but good duck down will outperform poor goose down.

In addition to the fill power figure, there is sometimes a percentage quoted, eg '85% down' or '85/15 down'. This refers to the ratio of pure down to small feathers used. Higher feather percentages tend to be found on less technical products where down is padded out with feathers which cost less and offer more rigidity to compensate for the lower loft, however almost all products contain some feathers to increase the durability of the down.

International Down and Feather BureauIn the past a number of different competing systems were used to measure fill power. Today almost all outdoor manufacturers use the International Down and Feather Bureau's testing method (sometimes known as the US method). This involves pre-conditioning the down being tested with steam, which gives the best consistency for test results. It is then placed in a cylinder and stirred to maximise its loft, before its volume is measured in cubic inches after being compressed by an ounce weight to give the fill power.

Glossary - Velcro close

Velcro has been holding things together for well over 50 years and today is found on everything from softshell jackets to climbing harnesses to tents. The design came about after Georges de Mestral noticed cockleburs sticking to his trousers and his dog during a walk. Velcro simulates this idea to create fabrics which stick together: one with thousands of tiny hooks and one with thousands of tiny loops.

The word has become a generic term for any fastening which works on the Velcro principle, whose patent expired in the 70's. Alternatives are often called 'hook and loop' or 'touch' fasteners, but some manufacturers choose to spend more to buy official Velcro branded products for their lines.

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AquaGuard VISLON zippers combine two of the most advanced technologies from global fasteners giant YKK to create a highly water resistant and highly durable zipper. Like on all VISLON zippers, tough plastic teeth are used which cannot be bent out of shape. They use a polyurethane sheet laminated to the back of a coil zipper to prevent the ingress of water. The reverse coil design protects the fragile individual coils by putting them on the inside of the garment or pack.

They are top of the range zippers and currently only found on highly technical shell clothing for mountaineering, where the smooth clutter-free finish and high performance is very desirable. They replace bulky and heavy single and double storm flaps (flaps of waterproof fabric which could be secured over a traditional zipper) with a clean and effective design.

Rab Women's Asylum Jacket

The Asylum Jacket has been designed for long, cold winter days at the crag. That means you get 650 fill power of duck down with a filled Eskimo hood and high neck to ward off low temperatures, and a range of great features to ensure you can make the most of your day in comfort. There are two external hand warmer pockets, and two internal mesh lined pockets for your flask or to keep your boots warm.

  • Pertex® Classic outer fabric with 100% Nylon Tactel Taffeta lining
  • 650FP European Duck Down (365g)
  • 12.8oz in size (M)
  • Rab® Fluorocarbon free Hydrophobic Down developed in conjunction with Nikwax®
  • Stitch through construction
  • Down filled hood with velcro volume adjuster and high collar with tricot lining
  • 2-way YKK® Flat VISLON front zip with insulated zip baffle and chin guard
  • 2 YKK® Flat VISLON® zipped hand-warmer pockets and 2 large internal mesh pockets
  • Part-elasticated cuffs with anti-snag velcro adjustment and Polartec® Power Stretch®Pro™ internal cuff
  • Hem drawcord
  • Regular fit
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