Built for the vertical realm.
Quick alpine scrambles, multi-day treks, and cool-weather rock routes all call for the Rab Men's Torque Pant. A combination of Matrix softshell fabrics shield you from wet and windy weather while the generous fabric stretch and articulated knees allow you to execute a full range of climbing movements. Plus, the elastic cuffs keep the pants out of the way so you can spot every foot placement.
- Combination of Matrix softshell fabrics (Double Weave Stretch and Single Weave Stretch) provide warmth, flexibility, and reliable protection from wind and wet weather
- Ripstop Matrix SWS fabric at the knee and hems increases durability
- Slim fit and articulated knees boost maneuverability while eliminating excess bulk
- Elastic waistband adjusts for a snug fit and has a moisture-wicking lining
- Elastic cuffs help you see foot-holds while you're rock climbing
- Zippered leg closures make for easy on and off even with boots on
- Zippered front pockets warm up cold hands
- Zippered rear pocket stows essential items
Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've done about 150 miles of Alaska summer trekking in these pants now.
The good: a great summer-weight pant for mid- or high-latitude climates. Actually, they are made from lighter weight materials than I was expecting. These are great for summer hiking in Alaska and maybe shoulder season trips in warmer areas. The various fabric panels work well together and offer a form-fitting, athletic cut, and offer no restriction to movement. I was really skeptical about the elastic drawcord waist, but even when carrying a 30 pound pack over long days off trail, they don't ride down. The sizing seems right on. They look super, and are a pleasure to wear.
The not-so-good: the kevlar-reinforced weave on the knees and inside the legs is actually really abrasive to the opposing pant leg. Basically, I have already worn through areas of the material the inside of the ankle on both pant legs after only those 150 miles of hiking. It's not like I suddenly am walking differently, or that I am going through different terrain/vegetation. The aramid/kevlar fibers just act like sand paper to the material making up the material on the inside of the other leg. The kevlar strands are in great shape, but the backing material they are woven into is getting destroyed by the friction from the opposite pant leg. Totally weird. I have never had the instep of a pair of pants shred like this, even after many (many!) more miles of use unless I caught my crampons on them (not the case here). I will probably sew or glue another layer of material to the ankle area of both legs to reinforce this area. Also, the lower leg zippers tend to unzip and don't stay down over your boots. I wish companies would use those rubber-coated water-resistant zippers that don't slide so easily so the zippers would have some friction and stay put.
These are probably the lightest and among the most comfortable hiking pants I own. Aside from some real durability concerns, they are great