The Rab Latok winter jacket is made from eVent fabric, so breathability and waterproofness are as good as it gets. Better still, the fabric feels a little stiffer than some, so it should be better able to trap warm air around the body in a howling winter storm. The hood can be rolled down and secured, plus it benefits from a wired peak, volume adjustment and exceptional fit and movement with the head. Movement in the sleeves is excellent too. You get four chest pockets that can all be easily accessed, and they are all huge. Very long pit zips vent the sides and underarm areas so you don’t have to take the jacket off so often. This has a lot of great features for hill-walkers and winter mountain action. But other winter jackets are lighter and longer than the Rab Latok, so for pure walking others are probably better. None of the zips has stormflaps, so even with their water-resistant zips, the jackets with external stormflaps may keep more driving rain out. There is no women’s version either.
Outer: 3-layer eVent
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Weight: 648g (L)
Made in: Far East
Stores in the UK: 60
Verdict: The Rab Latok is ideal if you want a robust mountaineering jacket with great pockets and a great hood and prefer shorter designs.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008