The Rab Torque Pants are close fitting softshell pants made from a combination of Matrix DWS and SWS fabrics. They are primarily designed for Alpine climbing, with a slim, technical fit - ideal for long rock routes or summer mountaineering - but would be equally at home out walking on the UK hills.
Durable Matrix DWS (Double Weave Stretch) fabric is used for the main body of the pants, with Ripstop Matrix SWS (Single Weave Stretch) in articulation zones such as the knees. Matrix fabric is a membrane-free stretch nylon, meaning it is very light and breathable but still has a good degree of weather resistance.
The Torque pants are designed with Alpine climbing in mind - ankle zips accommodate larger boots and there is a low profile elastic waistband with shockcord adjustment. The knees and kick patches are reinforced to help combat wear against rock and crampon use. For stashing topos and snacks, there are two zipped front pockets and a single zipped rear pocket.
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Very nice trousers (aka "pants" - shame on Rab!). Quite a bit of stretch, and thin fabric (in a good way), so they almost feel as if they aren't there. Nice zip ankle feature to fit around large boots. No braces attachment points, although the slim fit means they don't tend to fall down too easily. I had to drop a star because the washing instructions are daft - a 30-degree 'delicates' wash, for tough outdoor gear that you might wear continuously day and night!
They are a pretty slim fit, and I found the largest available size to be just perfect for 38 inch waist. If you're larger than this, then you're out of luck. Wearing tights under these would make them probably too tight. They behave well with eVent overtrousers over them though - no friction or unwanted grippiness.
These pants are hard wearing and provide the right amount of protection, without being to insulative. Their cut fits perfect and the stretch fabric is a wonder. Whether getting out and about on programs in Australia or trekking and climbing in the Himalaya, the Rab Torque pants suit all conditions.
I took a bit of a punt on these Rab pants and I was not disappointed. They are lightweight and seem to be fairly waterproof (even though this isn't one of their 'features'). Not tested in the pouring rain but was tested under running water and I couldn't get any water to seep through, even with some rubbing. They have a drawstring/cinch cord waist so it's important to get the right size. They are a fairly 'skinny' fit round the legs but the material is relatively stretchy. Different, tougher, material on the knees and some grey flashes round the back. The red is such that mountain rescue won't miss you if you get lost, but it's better than the alternative grey version which is a bit drab. High quality product from Rab as usual and you can really feel it with the material and build of these pants.
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