Lowe Alpine Climb Pro

This is a new winter jacket built around Gore’s new fabric, so it is about as good as it gets for condensation control. At just 522g (men’s size L) this is very lightweight but it has the most important features for a day on the hill too. So you get a pair of large chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack belt or harness. Also the hood has a good stiffened peak. Hood movement and fit are excellent too, thanks to a volume adjuster. There is extra venting behind the upper arms too via a pair of water-resistant zips. Brushed polyester around the chin and collar add some welcome comfort on a cold day. This is definitely a great jacket for the hill-walker, but is it the best for the winter mountains? Like many jackets the zips are not protected by external stormflaps, so in the wildest of winter weather they may leak more easily than zips with external stormflaps. As the fabric is soft and thin, it tends to squash against under layers, so you may feel the cold more than with stiffer garments. Others have more pockets too.

 

Outer: 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell with Micro Grid Backer
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); S-XL (women’s)
Weight: 522g (men’s size M)
Made in Far East
Stores in UK: 55

Verdict: A lightweight jacket with large pockets and a great hood, but others may be better for winter weather.