Designed specifically for Alpinism, the Lowe Alpine Climb Pro winter jacket packs down to just 560g so you won’t mind carrying it in your rucksack or wearing it while climbing. It’s built with Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so it is about as good as it gets for condensation control. 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, 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 like many jackets the Lowe Alpine Climb Pro’s zips are not protected by external stormflaps, so in the wildest of winter weather they may leak more easily than zips with external stormflaps. Others have more pockets too and in some cases are a little longer.
Outer: 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell with Micro Grid Backer
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight: 560g (men’s M)
Made in: Far East
Stores in the UK: 40
Verdict: The Lowe Alpine Climb Pro Lowe Alpine Climb Pro is a lightweight jacket with large pockets and a great hood that is ideal for Alpinism, but others are better for wet winter UK mountain walks.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008