Lowe Alpine Meron (2014)

A weight of 359g with a price tag of £130 and some good hill walking features makes the Lowe Alpine Meron very appealing. It is built from Lowe Alpine’s Triplepoint fabric in a 2.5-layer construction. This keeps weight down but does not handle condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. The front zip is a good water-resistant design with a stiff internal baffle for extra protection. There are three pockets and the two at the hip are mesh-lined, so they may allow some water to pass through the jacket in this area. The pockets are map-sized, though, which is good, but on the negative side they are quite low on the jacket so a wide rucksack hipbelt easily blocks access to them. The chest pocket is better, as it is sealed to prevent leaks and well-positioned. The hood is well-designed too, with a wired peak and good movement. The hood can also be rolled down and secured at the collar. There are certainly jackets with better pockets and lower weights than the Lowe Alpine Meron, but if you want more affordable option then the £130 price tag of this jacket is very appealing if you cannot step up to £140 or £170 jackets for example.

Specifications:

Fabric 2.5-layer Triplepoint

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes 8-16

External pockets 3

Stowable hood? yes

Side/pit zips no

Weight 359g (men’s size L)

Website www.lowealpine.com

Verdict

The hood and weight of the Lowe Alpine Meron is good, but I’d like better access to the pockets when hillwalking but if you can tolerate this then this is great for the money.

Review by Graham Thompson

Just missed out on featuring in Trail magazine July 2014

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