The Rab Sawtooth Pant is a thinner trouser than some of the higher-priced examples, and this thinner fabric makes it better for slightly milder conditions than the heavier, warmer materials. The Sawtooth is very stretchy in four directions, which makes it instantly comfortable, but it doesn’t come in the range of leg lengths of other trousers.
I needed an XL in this trouser, while in others the size L fitted me – and this may be because there is no stretch in the waist. The waist is comfortable, though, with a tricot lining and belt loops if needed. There is a diamond crotch panel too for extra comfort. The knees are articulated and there is some additional reinforcement at the ankle cuff to prevent scuffing from damaging the trouser. The lower leg isn’t too wide, which is good as there isn’t a zipped gusset to manage it, but you do get a hem drawcord. All that is pretty good, but what sets the Rab Sawtooth Pant apart from other similar trousers is that it gets an OS map-sized thigh pocket on each leg, so it’s ideal for left-handed or right-handed people to stash a map or guidebook on the move.
Fabric Rab Matrix (90% polyamide, 10% spandex)
Colours beluga, pebble
Weight 406g (XL)
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-16
The Rab Sawtooth Pant is a mild-weather trouser with great pockets, good general comfort and features for walking and backpacking.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2013