The Rab Alpine Latock has very good set of features for most mountain-baggers, with two huge chest pockets that are ideal for map storage or handwarming. A third would be useful for map, compass or GPS storage. The hood gets a wired peak with volume and face drawcords. The exposed front zip is more water-resistant than lower-priced jackets and has an internal rain gutter. But no pit zips. 4/5
The men’s Alpine Latock comes in sizes XS-XXL, the women’s Myriad in sizes 8-16. The body isn’t long enough to really protect the crotch area. The hood fits superbly and is helmet-compatible. Movement in the sleeves is among the best available for scrambling. Ideal for Munro-bagging where some scrambling and battling against the elements is needed. 5/5
The Rab Alpine Latock uses 3-layer eVent fabric, top of the league for long-term waterproofness and breathability. It is also slightly stiffer than some fabrics, which I find preferable as it prevents wind from squashing out the warm air. There are no pit zips here, though, so if you overheat easily you may prefer a jacket that features them for comfort in rain. A longer jacket would provide more protection, too. 5/5
This jacket weighs just 498g (size L) and has most essential features for great performance. Some will want pit zips, a third pocket and more body length – but the hood allows easy vision in a storm and you can access the two pockets easily while wearing a rucksack. Overall, little to complain about here. 5/5
Perfect for some, while others may want more, but at the price it’s better than average. 4/5
The Rab Alpine Latock is a great jacket for hillwalking if its features suit you. It received a ‘Trail approved’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014