Rab Latok Alpine Pant
Price Paid: $200
These pants are a great choice if you are looking for a pair of lightweight, waterproof, and breathable pants to wear or pack on winter outings. The light weight makes packing these pants a no-brainer if you even suspect wet conditions. The eVent fabric seems to perform better than Gore-tex counterparts, especially in high-exertion, low temperature conditions. The pants are really waterproof and stood up to all-day backcountry skiing in 38 degree steady rain.
The elastic waistband provides a comfortable fit without a belt. The waist sizing seems very accurate, but be sure to allow for wearing one or more insulation layers underneath -- these are shells after all. There are heavier fabric patches (probably Cordura or Schoeller) along the lower inside of each leg to protect against crampon dings and ski edges. The nearly full-length three-way zippers on the outside of the legs don't leak, allow plenty of venting on the up, and operate smoothly.
The only drawback to these pants after almost a month of use is the lack of pockets -- not even one. Given the light weight, great fit and performance, and reasonable price, I'm learning to live without the pockets.
Price Paid: $240
I liked these pants at first, until I tried to put my keys in my pocket. What pocket? Oh well, that's what jacket pockets and packs are for. I can live with that. I like the fit. The waist is a little high for my taste, but other than that they fit snug, but they are not restrictive. The eVent waterproofing absolutely rocks. I've climbed ice under pretty good showers and been coated from head to toe in ice, but remained dry underneath.
The real problem is that the fabric is too light on these pants. I have used them for ice climbing, mountaineering, resort skiing, back country touring, everything winter.
I've spiked many pants with my crampons before, and that comes with the territory, but that is about the only way I would expect to rip my pants. The latoks? Ice screws on my harness have put holes in them (more than one). I tried glissading on my bum on the walk-off of an ice climb in good snow and put two pretty good size rips in the seat. Lord knows what else, but when i went to patch the holes this weekend I found over a half-dozen of them, and I've only been using them for three months.
Oh yeah, and the zipper of the fly doesn't seem to stay closed.
I wouldn't recommend these to my friends. I love the eVent fabric and the way it performs, but the Latok Pants just don't stand up to heavy use.
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The Rab Latok Alpine Pants is a midweight breathable pant perfect for climbing, mountain walking, and traveling.
Free Shipping. Rab Men's Latok Alpine Pants DECENT FEATURES of the Rab Men's Latok Alpine Pants eVent 3L fabric YKK Aqua guard zip fly Part elasticated waistband Brace attachment points 3/4 length YKK Aqua guard side zips, internal storm flap, rain drain, 3 zip pullers for venting Knee articulation Hem drawcord Reinforced kick patches The SPECS of the Rab Men's Latok Alpine Pants Weight: 16 oz / 440 g 40 d / 40 d 112 g/m2 100% nylon Fit: Regular This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
This item was consolidated to us from one of our retail stores. While it may be slightly shopworn or without it's original packaging, it's otherwise in perfect condition and is still covered by our guarantee.Lightweight and packable, the Rab Latok Alpine Pants feature waterproof, breathable eVent, articulated knees, and 3/4-length side zips for venting and easy on/off.
Rab used all of its weather-fighting technology to turn the Men's Latok Alpine Pant into a waist-down suit of impenetrable weather armor. You won't find a bunch of gimmicks on the Latok. In fact, you won't even find pockets on the Latok, because they can compromised the pant's waterproofing. Rab made the Latok with fully waterproof breathable eVent laminated to a tough nylon shell, fully taped seams, and waterproof zippers throughout to keep you dry and comfortable all day from the inside out.