Just in the nick of time, Rab have sent me two pairs of trousers to keep me comfortable on my trips out in the hills.
Arriving in the post last week came a pair of Rab’s Exodus soft shell pants and their famous Drillium eVent over trousers.
I usually wear a pair of Páramo Cascada trousers in the winter months and have done so for a few years – I find them extremely comfortable and warm. And of course they are waterproof and very breathable. Quite simply they are a joy to wear.
Unfortunately, I’ve got into the habit of tearing the seam up my arse and crotch of late – a consequence of me adding blubber round my waist from a feeding frenzy last Christmas and rolling around in the rough on the hill like a big kid. Isn’t it funny that the older you get – the harder it becomes to lose those extra unhealthy pounds?
Anyway, even though my wife has been happy enough to sew the damage done by my big bum – she’s getting a bit sick of it now. Saying that, it’s worth noting that’s one of the best things about Paramo gear – you can damage it but the product still works with minor repair (unlike membrane based fabrics a la Gore-Tex, for example).
In the meantime, I’ll be trying out these new troos from Rab.
The Rab Exodus pants are stretchy, comfortable, have articulated knees and appear to be very tough – perfect for me then!
|Stretchy, tough fabric|
|Abrasion resistant crampon patches|
The Rab Drillium pants slip over the top and are intended for heavy and prolonged downpours – made of 3 layer eVent fabric, they pack small and are extremely light (300gs-ish? Haven’t weighed them yet!)
|Rab are big fans of eVent|
|Lightweight and easy to pull on over trousers|
That Rab quality is there and going by how well their other gear has performed in recent months I have high hopes for these trousers.
More details and an in-depth review will be on here in the coming weeks….