The Rab Torque Pant competes directly with Lowe Alpine’s Sirocco Pant, the main difference being that the Torque has a more athletic fit plus a drawcorded and elasticated waistband. So the cut on the legs is closer than the Sirocco’s, making this better for fast action, scrambling and mountaineering. The fabric is quite thin, though, so it’s slightly better for spring than autumn, but it has four-way stretch and is ideal for demanding activities and moving fast. There’s a diamond crotch panel and articulated knees, which allow these trousers to have a close fit without restricting comfort or movement. For long-term durability the Rab Torque Pant has reinforcement on the knees and down the inside of the leg to the ankle cuff. The zipped ankle cuff allows this area to be opened for a more relaxed fit. The pocketing isn’t as good as higher-priced trousers but it’s similar to many in its price band, with two front waist pockets with zips and a rear zipped pocket; the front pockets are quite large and can take an OS map. It’s a tough call between the Sirocco and the Rab Torque Pant, with personal preferences and activity styles being the deciders.
Fabric Matrix DWS
Weight 379g (size XL)
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
A more athletic fit and style than similar trousers in its price band, making the Rab Torque Pant ideal for fast and light trips or scrambling and mountaineering.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013