The RAB Latok has an immediate ‘everything in the right place’ feel to it which is why it features in our guide to the best waterproof jackets. The pockets and adjusters were where I reached for them on my first day of testing last winter. The jacket has a relaxed fit to allow winter layers to be worn underneath but doesn’t feel baggy and is the lightest jacket of the men’s selection in this review. The body is long with excellent coverage, the arms are also long, and the shaped cuffs offer extra protection.

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Price: $550 / £420 | Weight: 510g | Materials: 80D and 40D Gore-Tex Pro | Hood: wired and stiffened peak, crown and face volume adjusters, roll down | Front closure: zip with internal storm flap, bottom popper | Underarm/side zips: 2-way pit zips | Pockets: 3 external, 1 internal | Hem: drawcord adjustable | Cuffs: Velcro tab | Sizes: S-XXL | Women’s version: yes


The cuffs on the RAB Latok are wide and I can tuck insulated winter gloves inside them. Arm movement is completely free with no hem movement from a high reach. The hood is very well shaped and is easily adjusted to fit over a winter hat or my bare head. It moves with my head even when not fully tightened so vision is maintained. 

The three external pockets on the RAB Latok have water resistant zips and are huge. There’s also an internal zipped mesh pocket on the right side which takes a large smartphone. 

The pit zips are excellent: easy to use with two-way zips. The main zip has a rear storm flap and stays waterproof until the rain becomes wind-driven, where the stormflap does its best to catch it and channel it down to the hem. The main zip runs smoothly and easily where a water-resistant zip would be stiff to use, but it does leave the Latok with that vulnerability is certain conditions. 

The two Gore-Tex Pro fabrics see the heavier variant used in high-wear areas. The DWR is excellent and has aged well through use with beading still strong. The fabric is extremely breathable and dries quickly with venting when I’ve overloaded it. 

The brand now has a ‘Material Facts’ table, which explains the amount of recycled materials used and the fluorocarbon use on the Latok and other equipment. It’s a worthy step in transparency to help inform such a big purchase.