Sherpa Lakpa Rita Pant (2015)


Sherpa is owned and run by Sherpas, and most of the company’s products are made in Kathmandu. The Lakpa Rita Pant is designed with eVent 3-layer fabric. It features thigh-length side zips with loops at the ankle cuff so you can tie down the cuffs to prevent them riding up when wading through snow. The knees are articulated too. 5/5


Available in sizes S to XXL for men and XS to XL for women, but without leg length options. The waist is elasticated and has belt loops, so there is some scope for fine-tuning. On me the fit was good with quite a high waist that is ideal for keeping the back and waist dry. There is no adjustment at the cuff, but none is needed as these are not too flappy. 5/5


There is some stretch in the waist, and this makes a lot of difference when moving around. There is no other stretch, though; however I still found the Sherpa Lakpa Rita Pant quite comfortable despite their use of stiff 3-layer eVent fabric, which is well-proven for providing superior waterproofness and breathability. A double zip at the fly is also provided to facilitate toilet breaks. 5/5

In use

These are not quite as fully featured as a full-blown mountaineering pant, but they have enough of the essentials to make them ideal for most hillwalkers and Munro-baggers in the UK. The thigh-length zips allow them to be fitted easily, the weight is tolerable in a pack and they are sufficiently durable, waterproof and breathable to be comfy in most conditions. 5/5


Pricy, but you get one of the best fabrics; and the absence of some features mean the Sherpa Lakpa Rita Pant is not the most expensive option. 3/5


Superb overtrousers for most UK hill conditions, and while not cheap they are a great investment. They win Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.6/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine April 2015