Lowe Alpine Outer Limits Jacket

This insulated jacket was designed with help from climbers Andy Cave and Pat Littlejohn. It weighs 626g (including a 12g stuffsack) and has a unique hem profile that is cut away above the leg to allow easier leg movement. The materials feel more robust than lighter garments and the fabric is waterproof, although the seams are not taped, and this means the insulation is well-protected from the damp so it will maintain its warmth better than some. The collar is fleece-lined for comfort. To keep cold draughts out you get a collar drawcord and hem drawcord. The two map-sized chest pockets can be accessed while wearing a climbing harness, and there is also a smaller chest pocket that is useful for a compass for example. An internal mesh pocket, elasticated cuffs and an excellent body fit complete this very functional design that is ideal for mountaineers, climbers and all serious mountain goers. But though the jacket comes with a stuffsack I found this barely large enough to easily pack the jacket into. There is no cuff adjustment other than elastication (like most jackets o this type). The fit of the sleeves was not quite as close as others. There are lighter options available, and the fabric is a little more rustly than some, too.

 

Outer: nylon laminated waterproof fabric (seams not taped)
Inner: polyester
Insulation: Polarguard 3D
Colours: midnight blue/black, true red/black, citrine/black (men’s); true red/graphite grey, black/graphite grey (women’s)
Sizes: S-XL (men’s); S-XXL (women’s)
Weight: 626g, inc 12g stuffsack (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 50; Wales 30; Scotland 20 ; Ireland 10

Verdict: Buy it if you want a good warm layer that allows pocket access while wearing a hipbelt or harness and extra leg movement, as this is ideal.