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Rab Xiom Pant (2014)

£100.00

Rab Xiom Pants are very lightweight overtrousers at just 267g (size L), making them ideal for those who want to travel light. They’re made from 3-layer Pertex Shield – an excellent fabric for trousers as it has no mesh ling to snag, yet it controls condensation better than a 2-layer or 2.5-layer fabric. The fabric boasts top-end waterproofness and breathability ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Shadow Hoodie (2014)

£135.00

The Rab Shadow Hoodie is made from Polartec Windpro, which is four times more wind-resistant than traditional fleece, but it doesn’t have a membrane inside – and so retains enough air permeability to allow water vapour to escape, thus preventing condensation building up. This fabric is therefore ideal for windier conditions, in places that will still necessitate a waterproof jacket ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Latok Glove (2014)

£70.00

The Rab Latok Glove has been around for a while, and the 2013 version has an improved gauntlet over the previous model. The glove is made from a synthetic outer with an eVent waterproof lining and layer of synthetic insulation. But what is most noticeable is the silicone print on the palm, which provides an exceptionally good grip on ice ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Torque Pant (2013)

£80.00

The Rab Torque Pant competes directly with Lowe Alpine’s Sirocco Pant, the main difference being that the Torque has a more athletic fit plus a drawcorded and elasticated waistband. So the cut on the legs is closer than the Sirocco’s, making this better for fast action, scrambling and mountaineering. The fabric is quite thin, though, so it’s slightly better for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Rab Storm Bivi (2013)

£70.00

Made of heavy-duty nylon and in the arresting colour of emergencies, the Rab Storm Bivi is designed to offer the compact protection of, say, the £190 Mountain Equipment Borealis but at a price that doesn’t break the bank. It’s made from proprietary fabric Hyperlite, which is waterproof, breathable and pretty robust with it. It won’t hit the same performance levels ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Siltarp (2013)

£50.00

  At 230g the Rab Siltarp is a very lightweight option, but is smaller than other tarps, so really it’s best used as a solo shelter. It’s very much a minimalist design but is more in keeping with traditional tarps, being a basic rectangle of material that isn’t supplied with pegs, guy lines or poles, so you’ll have to add ...

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Rab Sawtooth Pant (2013)

£70.00

The Rab Sawtooth Pant is a thinner trouser than some of the higher-priced examples, and this thinner fabric makes it better for slightly milder conditions than the heavier, warmer materials. The Sawtooth is very stretchy in four directions, which makes it instantly comfortable, but it doesn’t come in the range of leg lengths of other trousers. I needed an XL ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Latok Glove (2013)

£70.00

One of the most important requirements for a glove is that it provides a good grip for holding trekking poles and ice axes or when scrambling, and to that end the Rab Latok Glove benefits from a silicone-treated palm. The glove is a well-established favourite but this year it has been redesigned with an improved gauntlet. The glove has a ...

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Rab Bergen/Vidda (2012)

£125.00

Like the Bergen jacket, Bergen/Vidda overtrousers have been very popular with hill and mountain walkers for many years. They are made from 3-layer eVent fabric, so they provide high levels of waterproofness and breathability. For added durability at the knees there is a heavier weight of fabric in this area as well as articulation to allow a little more freedom ...

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Rab Hueco Pants (2012)

£50.00

The Huecos manage to combine traditional good looks with great technical performance to make a superb pair of walking trousers. The Matrix SWS fabric appears quite casual at first glance but the spandex content makes it stretchy and therefore extremely comfortable; and it’s pretty tough too. Moisture management is excellent: they repel a little water and dry quickly when overwhelmed; ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Alpine (2102)

£110.00

Rab’s Vapour-Rise range has been firm a favourite with a wide range of users for many years, and it’s generally ideal when you want maximum breathability while keeping the wind and very light showers at bay. With the Lite Alpine there is no membrane within the fabric, so water can get through fairly easily; but this in turn means the ...

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Rab Vapour Rise (2012)

£90.00

The Pertex Equilibrium fabric used in this jacket doesn’t have that stretchy, almost wetsuit-like feel of some soft shells. Instead it uses a looser weave of material. This means the fabric is a little less windproof than some, but a lot more breathable. When walking hard uphill, the fabric is a dream. The inner fleecy layer helps to trap heat ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Rab Double Pile (2012)

£60.00

A heavy fleece and therefore very warm. Double-pile fabric really traps the heat in. That also makes it bulky, however, and this certainly isn’t the kind of garment to tuck away in your pack for emergency use. Although it may not look like it, the face fabric has a water-repellent treatment which means that you can wear the top in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Latok Glove (2012)

£62.00

While most gloves are designed to be warm, waterproof and hardwearing, there is another important requirement that many users would benefit from – and that is a good grip. The Rab Latok Glove is special in that it has a silicone print on the palm that is incredibly sticky, which makes gripping rock when scrambling, trekking poles or ice axes ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Traverse

£50.00

Fabulously lightweight and stretchy trousers that will be a favourite in any walker’s wardrobe. There’s no DWR on the fabric, but if they do get wet, they’ll dry incredibly quickly, and they’re superbly breathable too. They’re wonderfully easy to walk in, with a diamond crotch gusset for really easy movement, and the soft, lightweight fabric feels great against the skin. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Generator Vest 2011

£75.00

A gilet that packs away into its own inner pocket and can be used as a camping pillow? You’ve got to admit that’s pretty cool. The Rab Generator Vest uses synthetic Primaloft to deliver damp-proof insulation. It doesn’t quite pack the warmth-per-gram punch of down, but it does hold up much better against our typical British mountain weather conditions. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Rab Sawtooth

£80.00

The Sawtooth is a great example of a performance-driven style of soft shell, although this time without Olympic track-star styling. I didn’t expect the lightweight fabric to be so warm, but during more energetic activity, it really kept the heat in. During a snow-bound jaunt up Snowdon’s Pyg Track, with only a pair of gloves on (and trousers, obviously) the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Exodus

£100.00

The Exodus tries to blur the lines between jacket and traditional soft shell and is useful in most conditions, barring a monsoon. The woven stretch fabric efficiently beads off moisture whilst blocking out the wind well. Although the seams aren’t sealed there is a great amount of weatherproofing in the design. Single-hand operated hem cinch and Velcro cuff tabs keep ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Dihedral Pant

£70.00

Good-looking yet practical walking trousers with few faults. The fabric looks casual – almost cotton-like – but it’s actually stretchy, making for really easy movement. The cut’s good too, and the waist has elastic panels, belt loops and a webbing belt. The knees, seat and inner ankles are reinforced, which is very practical, as at £70, you want them to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Bergen 2010

£110.00

The Bergens manage to balance a light weight and good packability against toughness, comfort and performance to make an excellent pair of trousers. The three-layer eVENT fabric feels incredibly breathable and it will also keep the rain out in even the worst weather. The hip-length zips make it easy to spill heat if the going gets hot; and the drawcord ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Generator Alpine 2010

£140.00

With an emphasis on the Alpine user, as the name suggests, the Rab Generator Alpine is intended to be ideal for use at rest stops, belays and overnight camps, and it has an insulated helmet-compatible hood for when the temperature drops. The Endurance outer protects against light rain and snow. All these features should also make it ideal for backpacking ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rab Baltoro Light

£110.00

It’s not often that an article of clothing ticks all the boxes, but this does. The excellent fabric provides a decent amount of insulation and is also incredibly weather-resistant and very breathable. It has two huge hip/chest pockets that double as vents and the cuffs are fastened with Velcro. Single-handed drawcords adjust the hem, trapping or releasing warmth, and another ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rab Treklite Pant

£60.00

The Treklite is exceptionally comfortable, thanks to its lightweight, stretchy fabric that feels good against the skin and their well-shaped articulated knees. They come with an integral belt and stretch waist so you can be sure of a comfortable fit, but they only come in one leg length for each size, which may put some off. The fabric feels cool ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rab Latok 2009

£60.00

The big advantage of the Rab Latok glove is the amazing palm grip that sets it apart from everything else we looked at. The silicone palm is incredibly sticky, making these ideal for holding ice axes and trekking poles and even rock. There is a waterproof lining and a brushed lining of insulation to make these ideal for mild, wet ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Alpine Trek

£50.00

The Teklite fabric has a slightly plastic feel, but still feels good to wear. A no-nonsense walking trouser with contrasting tough Cordura patches on the knees, ankles and seat. They resist the odd shower well enough and are cut from a midweight fabric that’s spot-on for the UK.   Colours: Boston, flintSizes: 30-40in waist; 30-34in inside leg Fabric: Teklite SoftshellMain ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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