Rab Ladakh DV Pant £170


■ Ma­te­ria● 3-layer Event DV alpine with grid backer ■ Me■’s S-XXL ■ Wome■’s 8-16 ■ Weight 340g (men’s L)


New for au­tumn 2018, these re­place the Bergen Pant. They are built from Event 3-layer fab­ric, so are at the top of the tree for wa­ter­proof­ness and breatha­bil­ity, and also very durable. Get­ting them on is easy, thanks to a three-quar­ter length side zip. The waist­band is elas­ti­cated, with an ad­di­tional elas­ti­cated draw­cord, while the side zip ben­e­fits from a two-way zip so you can vent the thigh or calf. Also you get an­kle cuff loops so you can at­tach a cord and thread this un­der your boot to hold the cuff down. An an­kle cuff draw­cord is also pro­vided.


To make these the ul­ti­mate overtrousers it would be great if they had some means of at­tach­ing braces, so you never have to tug them up. As it is, their abil­ity to stay up will de­pend on both your body shape and your ruck­sack hip­belt’s abil­ity to cause your trousers to slip down, as well as how much weight you lose on a trip. Trousers with built-in gaiters are great for keep­ing wa­ter and mud out of your boots, and un­for­tu­nately these trousers don’t get that ex­tra ben­e­fit ei­ther. Of course, there are lighter and low­er­priced op­tions avail­able too.


Great all-round per­for­mance that will suit the needs of most hill­walk­ers, but some other trousers still have ad­di­tional ben­e­fits.

Waist draw­cord Triple side zip

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