Brand new, the Rab Mountain Dru Pants are designed for fairly serious abuse on alpine terrain, and their features reflect this. The waistline is very high, keeping draughts at bay even with the extreme action that climbing and scrambling require. The zip is a full-length affair, so they can be opened up completely from the waist to the ankle, which helps you put them on while wearing big boots, crampons or even skis. The zips are stormflapped and water-resistant, and have poppers at the top and bottom to allow for venting and pocket access, while the fabric is 3-layer eVent with abrasion-resistant panels on the knees and extra-thick panels on the inside ankle to prevent nicks and tears from crampons. The waist of the Rab Mountain Dru Pants has a set of belt buckles and is semi-elasticated, which makes for a very comfortable, glove-like fit. The trousers are articulated around the knees and are cut slightly baggy – presumably to allow freedom of movement, which they do. An ankle drawstring and accessory loop rounds off a very well-featured trouser, which will suit walkers, fans of Scottish winter and alpinists alike. The nearest women’s equivalent is the Latok Alpine £155 or the Vidda Pant £110.
Sizes men’s S-XXL; short/regular/long
Fabric 3-layer eVent
Weight 490g (men’s M)
The Rab Mountain Dru Pants are best for British winters.
First published in Trail magazine October 2011