Rab Latok 2009

The big advantage of the Rab Latok glove is the amazing palm grip that sets it apart from everything else we looked at. The silicone palm is incredibly sticky, making these ideal for holding ice axes and trekking poles and even rock. There is a waterproof lining and a brushed lining of insulation to make these ideal for mild, wet winter weather. They offer superb dexterity too and the short wrist cuff fits easily under a sleeve of a waterproof jacket. Use these for biking, scrambling, climbing or walking in mild weather and they are just the job. But the Rab Latok is a high price for what you are getting in terms of protection (that grippy palm has cranked the price up). The wrist cuff is quite short, so not ideal for protecting the wrists in wild storms or deep powder snow. This is a glove that fills a niche perfectly, but you may want a second pair of gloves for colder situations.

Materials eVent waterproof shell; MaxDry brushed lining; silicone palm print
Sizes S-XL
Made in China
Stores in the UK 40
Stockist details – tel. (01773)  601870; www.rab.uk.com
Verdict
Mega grip and great dexterity make these ideal for climbing, biking and general walking, but the Rab Latok is not as protective in colder weather.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2009