Pants Reviews

Rab Ascendor Light Pants

The best do-it-all bottoms of 2021.




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The Ascendor Light’s polyamide/elastane fabric is stretchy enough in the waist and legs to fit a wide range of body shapes and sizes. This softshell pant was as flexible as we were when we made wide steps and deep knee bends in boulder fields and while bushwhacking, and the double-weave material and its PFC-free DWR kept us dry in light rain and warm down to 35°F. The trousers even breathed well as temps crept up into the 70s during a 2,700-foot ascent of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Alaska. “I initially thought these pants would be too warm, but I wasn’t sweating at all,” our tester says. Three zippered pockets—one on either hip and one at the rear—hold snacks, a small wallet, and keys, and the Ascendor Light’s tapered cut means no material gets in the way when precise steps are called for.

w’s XS-XL, m’s XS-XL