Rab Latok Alpine (2012)

Designed for mountain walking and alpine climbing, Rab Latok Alpine gaiters feature a 3-layer stretch eVent fabric. The stretch element allows them to provide a snug fit, which is comfortable while not restricting calf muscle flex. The use of eVent limits condensation build-up well. There’s also a nice big chunk of Cordura on the ankle to prevent wear and tear trashing this area of the gaiter. The stirrup is a chunky rubberised strap that you adjust to length via Velcro attachments inside the gaiter, which makes the outside very clean so you are less likely to catch a crampon on it. If these straps ever broke you could attach cord through the reinforced eyelets in the gaiter. With the Latok Alpine Rab has chosen to use a Velcro closure without a zip up the front with a press studs at the top. I prefer a zip-up closure generally, but many people do like Velcro, and of the Velcro designs around this gaiter’s closure is definitely easier to fit and adjust than most. The top drawcord toggle is tucked away at the back and some reflective trim is provided so your mate can more easily follow your footsteps on a night descent, which is a thoughtful touch.

 

Material 3-layer eVent stretch; 500D Cordura ankle

Colours black, dark shark

Sizes S, M, L

Weight 216g (L)

Closure Velcro, press stud

Length 39cm

Website www.rab.uk.com 

 

Verdict

Rab Latok Alpine gaiters are very comfortable, thanks to stretch eVent fabric, and ideal for the hillwalker if you prefer a Velcro and press stud closure to a zip closure. They won ‘Best in Test’.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine April 2012