RAB's Vector Pants are a relatively light but tough technical softshell pant. We like the concealed belt and copious pockets.
RAB says: Mid-weight Matrix DWS softshell pants providing wind and water resistance and high durability for mountain use in varied conditions.
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RAB's Vector pants are made from their own in-house fabric called Matrix DWS - we're big fans - its the same fabric used in their Scimitar range; when Mark went through a white-out in a Scimitar jacket and Pants combo he was mightily impressed to come out of it dry and comfortable.
In our view the pedigree of the fabric is great - after this the features are pretty standard, though we do like the concealed belt and the Vector pants also have the now commonplace microfleece waistband which makes a surprising difference to comfort.
Many people choose softshell pants over lighter weight trekking trousers because they shed the weather much better and are generally more durable - we say that it depends on where you are going - you can still save a lot of weight by choosing standard pants but if you need particularly heavy durability, or you know that you're going to have light showers on and off - then softshell maybe a better choice in that instance.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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