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