The Latok has been around for a number of years now, and there’s very little left to finesse on what is a tried and true design. A wired, fully helmet compatible and very adjustable hood, high and deep chest pockets out of the way of a harness, wide and long sleeves with Velcro adjusters and pitzips mean this is a properly engineered, mountain-ready jacket. Rab do great hoods, full stop – and it’s a fantastic price too. I only have one issue with it, and that’s the fabric. EVent fabric may have been the benchmark choice for breathability a few years back, but has now been surpassed by NeoShell and arguably even the newer Gore fabrics. I cannot fault the design and feature set of the Latok at all, but I’ve had one too many eVent jackets die after only a season or two to trust the fabric long term. Weight 517g.
VERDICT: A genuine pedigree on the design front, but in need of a fabric update to improve durability.
BEST FOR: Alpinism, winter mountaineering.
Review by David Lintern @