Lowe Alpine clothing has been conspicuous by its absence in recent years, but the brand has a new collection hitting the stores this autumn. The Sirocco Pant is made from Stormweave fabric, which has four-way stretch and feels nice against the skin while being wind- and water-resistant, and durable enough to withstand rubbing your knees on rocks when scrambling. It’s a thinner fabric than the higher-priced trousers in our test, and it’s perhaps not quite so ideal for cold temperatures as others. The waist has a slight rise at the back and is lined with a wide strip of brushed material for comfort. There’s also elastication in the waistband, as well as belt loops. The Lowe Alpine Sirocco Pant’s legs are well-tailored for active use but you can relax the fit on the ankle cuff by opening the zipped and gusseted section below the calf. For extra durability there’s reinforcement around the ankle cuff and the knees, which should increase long-term wear of these areas. The main drawback of the Lowe Alpine Sirocco Pant is that the pocketing isn’t as good as the higher-priced trousers, as there are only two zipped hip pockets and these aren’t quite as large or as accessible as other pocketing options.
Weight 391g (size M)
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-16
The Lowe Alpine Sirocco Pant is a good choice for general hill action offering a good range of features for the price, but pay more and you’ll get a better trouser.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013