Rab Latok Alpine Jacket Review 2016

Features

The Rab Latok Alpine is a great mountain jacket using 3-layer eVent fabric for durable levels of waterproofness and breathability. There are two massive chest pockets and pit zips. The helmet-compatible hood has a wired peak with face and back-of-head drawcords. Other jackets have a slightly more robust feel and more pockets but this has the essentials for hillwalking, which is what most people need. 4/5

Fit

The Latok Alpine comes in sizes XS-XXL for men and sizes 8-16 for women. The body of the jacket was 4cm longer than some others so it more easily covered my bum, which was welcomed. The hood fit is nice and close, and it moves easily with the head. When scrambling you can easily raise yours arms without the hem or cuffs riding up. 5/5

Comfort

This is slightly softer than some other jackets so it instantly feels a little nicer, although stiffer jackets will resist the buckling effect of the wind better. The hood fit and movement combined with great sleeve movement mean this is very comfortable. Pit zips allow extra ventilation if needed. 5/5

In use

I would prefer a third large chest pocket so I can dedicate one to a map or GPS receiver while using the others for my hands. But if you don’t need a third chest pocket then the Rab Latok Alpine is a great jacket. The hood once adjusted really locks on to your head, allowing superb vision; and it has a great wired peak to protect the eyes. The weight is acceptable, although not the lightest; but overall this is great on the hill. 4/5

Value

The price is very good compared to others and while it lacks an extra pocket, for many this is a price worth paying to save some cash. RRP: £260. 5/5

Verdict

The Rab Latok Alpine is an excellent hill jacket if you don’t need three external chest pockets and £260 is your limit. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award. 4.6/5