Rab Review (Rab Extreme)

Whilst preparing my trip to Kilimanjaro I needed to invest in a hardwearing, breathable and flexible set of waterproofs. The Rab extreme range was suggested to me and i was impressed with the look and feel but would it prove to be as good? The picture to the right was taken on the lower slopes after reaching the summit days earlier. You can get a good idea of how they look when they are on. Below are to explanations for each, firstly the way that Rab explain them on their website with a link to these pages and then my own personal view.

Latok Jacket:- The Latok jacket has quickly won critical acclaim as the garment of choice for Scottish winter climbing, winter Alpinism and expeditions. Use of 3 layer eVENT® fabric ensures unsurpassed breathability and comfort combined with continuous durable performance. Specialist design features such as the double zip system offer full storm protection even in the most extreme conditions. eVent® 3 layer Storm fabric, Cordura wear patches to lower sleeve areas, Fully articulated design for full freedom of movement, Double water resistant zips provide a complete seal against the harshest of weather, 4 outer pockets (2 storage, 2 lined hand warmer) provide optimum storage, Helmet compatible hood and volume adjuster provides full protection and mobility. For more information click on the link. Rab Latok Jacket
Personal view:- A great jacket. The jacket fitted very well over all of my fleece layers and hats and was very comfortable to walk in. The reinforced parts to this jacket are an excellent idea and didn't effect my movement in any way. It stopped the wind, rain and hail which we encountered on the mountain very well and still let the body breath. It was warm near the summit when the temperature went well below zero and very breathable on the lower slopes when the temperature rose back up again. The zipping system is great and the pockets very waterproof as shown in the picture to the right.
The drawstrings allowed me to tighten around my head and neck when needed and the wire rim was a great help in the wind. Basically I can't fault this jacket in any way and it was worth the £210 I paid for it. Used it in the UK too in various weather and never had any problems.
Latok Pants:- This companion to the Latok jacket will give complete protection in all conditions. 3 layer eVENT® fabric and innovative design makes these a superb shell for technical climbing in harsh conditions. eVENT® 3-layer Storm Fabric, Stretch Cordura reinforcements maintain flexibility and increase wear resistance, Fully articulated design for unrestricted freedom of movement, Full length ‘Rainbow’ style water resistant zips with internal storm flap allows the seat to be dropped easily in the mountains, Six zippers allow legs to be ventilated effectively on approach walks, Front fly with double water resistant zip, Belt loops.
Personal view:- Great pants. They fit very well and are very flexible when you are scrambling and moving around. The reinforced areas are a great idea and don't effect your movement in any way. They stopped the wind, rain and hail which we encountered on the mountain very well and still let the body breath. They were warm near the summit when the temperature went well below zero and very breathable on the lower slopes when the temperature rose back up again. The zipping system is great and they are very easy to put on with no need of taking boots off or fiddling around to much.
Basically I can't fault these pants in any way and they were worth the £160 I paid for them. Used them in the UK too in various weather and never had any problems. T.Bawn