The Lowe Alpine Atacama Zip-Off Pants have a broad range of great features. The fabric is a mini-ripstop so, if torn, at least the tear won’t extend too far across the trouser due to the ripstop design. The fabric is fast-drying like other fabrics here too. The trousers also have double stitching to increase durability in the long term. To improve the fit there is a diamond crotch panel and articulated knees. But the most important feature is the lower leg side zips, which allow the lower sections to be removed over boots more easily. The pocketing is good too with zipped seat pockets, two map-width thigh pockets and two hip pockets. A set of loops around the waist allow a belt to be fitted too. So plenty of great design ideas here, which make these trousers good for hill-walkers and backpackers. But the Lowe Alpine Atacama Zip-Off Pants have no ankle cuff adjustment at the cuff to tidy the lower leg area up. Also these trousers do not benefit from the stretch fabric featured in others. A slight niggle is that the hip pockets are a little smaller than most. A stretch waist would perhaps benefit some wearers. So like many trousers here these are okay, but they could be very much better with some extra tweaks in the detail.
Material Desertweave mini ripstop nylon
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); XS-XXL (women’s)
Weight 348g (size men’s M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 30
The Lowe Alpine Atacama Zip-off Pants are good trousers for the price and many walkers will find them better than average, but not perfect.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2010