Rain pants for summer trips are a tricky thing to get right. Pants tend to take more abuse than jackets, so super-light rain pants tend to get holes poked in them faster than their upper-body counterparts; on the other hand, though, heavy winter-weight shell pants seem like overkill for summer showers. Fortunately, we now have the option of taking along the Rab Xiom pants, which offer 3-layer Pertex Shield+ leg protection for just 10 oz / 270g.
The 15/20 denier Pertex fabric of the Xiom pants will hold up to more of a beating than its weight suggests, and you even get 3/4 length zippers so you can quickly put the pants on when the sky is opening up. There's no fly or crotch gusset, though, so these are definitely meant to be worn when needed, rather than as an all-day layer.
- Pertex Shield®+ 3L fabric
- 3/4 length YKK Aquaguard® side zips, internal storm flap, venting zip puller at top
- Elasticated waistband with drawcord
- Knee articulation
- Hem drawcord
- Regular fit
- Fabric: 100% nylon, 15d/20d, 100g/m2
- Weight: 270g / 10oz
- Additional Information
Material Synthetic Properties Waterproof