One of the most important requirements for a glove is that it provides a good grip for holding trekking poles and ice axes or when scrambling, and to that end the Rab Latok Glove benefits from a silicone-treated palm. The glove is a well-established favourite but this year it has been redesigned with an improved gauntlet. The glove has a waterproof and breathable eVent lining inside the nylon outer with some stretch to allow a closer fit. On the hand the fit is indeed very close and when this is combined with the silicone pattern on the palm it allows exceptionally good grip of ice axes, trekking poles and rock when scrambling. Inside there is enough insulation to keep fingers warm in winter, and that new cuff design is neat enough to fit inside a jacket cuff. There is a drawcord on the cuff and an elasticated area at the wrist to ensure the glove stays in place, but you don’t get a wrist leash. Also there is no leather reinforcement so these may not be as durable as other options. There is a good soft nose wipe on the thumb, though. Overall the Rab Latok Glove would be ideal for general winter walking.
Materials nylon outer, eVent waterproof lining, silicone palm print, synthetic Bemberg pile insulation
Sizes S-XL (men’s); S-L (women’s)
Weight 188g (pair, size men’s L)
The Rab Latok Glove was best for grip and general winter hillwalking in our test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013