While most gloves are designed to be warm, waterproof and hardwearing, there is another important requirement that many users would benefit from – and that is a good grip. The Rab Latok Glove is special in that it has a silicone print on the palm that is incredibly sticky, which makes gripping rock when scrambling, trekking poles or ice axes incredibly secure. The other areas of the glove are somewhat limited in terms of performance, but they offer the basic essentials a walker would be looking for. So you get an eVent waterproof lining with a polyester lining for extra insulation and comfort. This works well and the combination is a close-fitting glove that is easy to get on while also providing slightly better than average dexterity, making this very suitable for walkers. The wrist cuff is very short and close-fitting, so it fits inside a jacket sleeve easily. But the Velcro adjuster is too short in my view as by the time I had fitted the Rab Latok Glove over my big watch the Velcro tab was barely long enough. If you prefer your jacket to go inside the cuff for scrambling then you may struggle too.
Outer nylon; eVent waterproof lining; silicone grip palm
Insulation Bemberg fleece
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes X-L
Removable liner no
Nose wipe yes
Wrist leash no
Weight 154g (pair, men’s size L)
The superb palm grip and heightened level of dexterity makes the Rab Latok Glove ideal for walkers, but there are enough drawbacks to make this a considered purchase.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2012