The Rab Latock is made from eVent fabric, and this version feels particularly robust and hard-wearing. It does make the jacket heavier than some others (762g, men’s L), but it’s likely that it will also stand up to abuse far better as well.
The feature set is ideal for wet or wintry mountain days, thanks to the four large chest pockets, so you can stash hats, gloves or guidebooks while still being able to tuck your hands away to keep them warm and dry.
You get pit zips for when the sun pops out momentarily and you need to cool off, while a stormflap over the main zip means that when walking into driving rain this zip is unlikely to leak. The chest pockets don’t get stormflap protection on the zips, but at least these are not mesh-lined so if any water gets in it won’t migrate through the jacket. The hood is superb, thanks to great movement and a wired peak.
The Rab Latock is a shorter jacket than some options, though, which for me as a relatively tall person is a slight drawback. It also comes in men’s and women’s versions.
Weight 762g (men’s L)
Fabric 3-layer eVent
Sizes men’s S-XXL; women’s 8-16
External pockets 4
Wired hood yes
Side vents yes
The Rab Latock is a perfect option for mountaineers who prefer a more durable, shorter jacket while not minding having to carry a few extra grams in weight. The jacket won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011