Pants. I still can’t get used to that. It’s good for international viewers, but it still makes me think of Y-fronts.

Anyhoo. These are the Rab Vertex.


What we have here is a pretty light pair of general purpose trews, mine pitch in at a little under 300g. I’ve been wearing these for cragging over the summer, indoor climbing in the autumn and some general hill wandering.


The first observation is that they are nice and light. So light, that I expected them to be summer use only. It turns out they are remarkably wind-resistant and have been great for hill walking and camping in the Autumn and are surprisingly warm for the weight. The material is Matrix SWS, which is a nylon/spandex mix which¬†dries fast when they get wet. There’s a couple of decent side pockets and one big one on the right thigh. The leg hems have a wee cord for adjusting if you like to tighten things up down there, but the legs aren’t that flappy so they’re not really used.



When it comes to climbing, they’re stretchy and plenty flexible, so they move nicely and don’t get in the way which is pretty much ideal.

I fully expected these to be wee flimsy lightweight summer trousers and it turns out that they’re very adaptable legwear for use in a whole load of circumstances and conditions. I wouldn’t wear them for playing in the snow, but for the rest of the year, they’re excellent. They may be pants, but they are most certainly not pants, if you know what I mean.


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November 6, 2013
Pass the dettol and the wire wool, I have an image that I need scrubbing from my minds eye... FFS did you need to mention you and y fronts in the same sentence? Seriously though nice looking trousers.
November 6, 2013
Thats a mental image that'll take more than bleach to shift!
November 10, 2013
November 12, 2013
About time manufacturers started catering for the tall and lean rather than the hobbits
November 12, 2013
I'm sure Tookie will be along any minute to argue for the hobbits!
November 14, 2013
How do they fare up to damp & more wetter conditions Michael?
November 14, 2013
They stay relatively warm when wet and they dry quickly. Surprisingly so
November 15, 2013
Aye we need more short sizes for us hobbits...

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