Rab Latok Alpine Womens Jacket Review 2016

Features

The Rab Latok Alpine uses 3-layer eVent fabric for durable, breathable protection. There is drawcord adjustment at the hem and neck, and Velcro on the cuffs so you can effectively trap heat. The wire-peaked, helmet-compatible hood is good too, adjustable and moves well with the head. Two large chest pockets both swallow an OS map and are accessible with a rucksack hipbelt, plus there’s a smartphone-sized inner Napoleon pocket. 5/5

Fit

Available in sizes 8-16 for women, and men’s S-XXL. It’s cut to Rab’s Regular fit, which allows plenty of room underneath for layering while being contoured at the waist and neatly fitting. It offers a full, unrestricted range of movement, with negligible movement at the cuffs when you reach, and is long enough to cover the bum. The hood fits almost perfectly too. 4/5

Comfort

The Rab Latok Alpine belongs to the heavier and stiffer family of jackets. The material feels like armour when it’s on, which in terrible weather is reassuring but in milder conditions might prove a little too much – though you can always open the pit zips. The roomy interior allows for plenty of layering without compromising comfort, and the length gives you additional protection around the bum.  4/5 

In use

Fully zipped, your face is protected up to the nose, and it’s possible to cinch it even tighter. This, the tough fabric and other adjustments, mean body heat is really locked in. The pockets get a big tick for size and accessibility while wearing a pack with a hipbelt. All in all, the features list is impressive at this price; some may want an extra pocket, but if not – great. 4/5

Value

This is a robust jacket, with all the essential features ticked and good design around the hood, making it very good value. RRP £260. 4/5

Verdict

The Rab Latok Alpine is a robust, well-featured jacket at a very good price, though you can get more if you spend more. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award. 4.2/5