Lowe Alpine Teton (2103)

The Teton signals Lowe Alpine’s return to the clothing sector of the outdoor industry. The jacket is made from Triplepoint Eco, a 3-layer laminate with a recyclable Sympatex membrane inside to keep the rain out. This has a robust feel, which protects the user well in wind and driving rain. The jacket is slightly longer than average (though the Berghaus Hurricane is longer), which means you can just about get your hands in the base pockets; but access is not as good as longer jackets while wearing some rucksack hipbelts. The chest pocket is also a little small, so it won’t take an OS map easily. But you do get an external stormflap over the main zip and the sleeves are well-designed not to ride up too easily when clambering over stiles or scrambling. The hood is reasonable too thanks to a good fit that allows it to move easily with the head. The hood peak is wired, which is good, but it is rather small so it does not offer the protection of larger peaks provided on other jackets. The Lowe Alpine Teton weighs in at 571g (size L), which is slightly lighter than similarly priced jackets and this is a benefit, but the pocket design needs improving to make it perfect for the hillwalker. For the price it is a good option though.

Weight 571g (size L)

Fabric 3-layer Triplepoint Eco

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes 8-16

External pockets 3

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents no

Website www.lowealpine.com

Verdict

The Lowe Alpine Teton’s price, weight, hood and longer body length are all good for hillwalkers but the pocket position and design need a bit of a rethink to make this a ‘must buy’.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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