Why We Chose the Rab Phantom Pants: featherlight, packable, waterproof
Rab have enjoyed a throne in the upper echelons of British outdoor gear for over four decades and, judging by the use of the word pants rather than trousers, seem to be gunning for a slice of action in the US with their Phantom Pants. And why not? The Phantoms bear all the same hallmarks of quality we’ve come to expect from one of the country’s leading exponents.
Part of their Skyline series, which encompasses a range of ultralight kit designed specifically for mountain running, the Phantom Pants are best utilised as part of a double act with Rab’s popular Phantom Waterproof Pull-On.
The obvious unique selling points are their weight – at 79g they weigh less than your average bar of soap – and their packability – they compress into an integrated stuff sack that’s around the size of your palm.
Who are the Rab Phantom Pants For?
These are waterproof trousers aimed squarely at long-distance trail runners and mountain athletes, though they’d suit anyone who values speed or a light pack on the hill during the warmer months. They’re clearly designed to pack small enough to fit in a tiny hydration pack and to be whipped out when the weather turns foul, however they’re just as handy when buried deep in an expedition backpack for a summer wild camp or long-distance trek.