Having owned several cheaper waterproof jackets over the years, I thought it was high time for an upgrade, and made the decision to purchase a quality, reliable jacket from an industry leading brand such as Rab.
I had certain requirements I wanted from my new waterproof jacket – I wanted to ensure I got a really good fitting jacket, one that could fit a base layer and fleece under should I need to layer up while on the hill.
The two main outer pockets are set quite high, allowing for ease of access if wearing a harness or a pack, and are able to hold an OS map.
Weighing in at 450g, it’s not the lightest in its class but I have found the hard wearing eVent material to be robust. The hood has a toggle closure which allows you to adjust to suit the persons head, or helmet if wearing one. The hood also has a tuck away feature on the collar, although I’ve just worn mine out most of the time. The jacket has a very streamlined design but this is sensibly designed with the climber or no fuss hiker in mind.
Being only 5 ft 7 “, I found the medium cut Latok to fit me quite well. My friend Eamonn who is over 6ft tall, also has a Rab Latok Alpine jacket and has found its cut a bit too short, and prone to riding up. My first outing wearing the jacket was the day after I purchased it, when I joined a friend for a wild camp in the Mourne Mountains.
Upon waking the following morning, we were greeted by torrential rain, now who in their right mind would smile at such a thing?
But there I was, cocooned in my Latok jacket, laughing at the dark skies, and marvelling to myself as I watched the lashing rain roll off my jacket, it really was a different class from my previous waterproofs!
- eVent 3 layer waterproof material
- Two way water resistant main zip.
- Adjustable helmet compatible hood & wired peak
- Two good size chest pockets that can be easily accessed when wearing a rucksack
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