Using Lowe Alpine’s well-established Triplepoint Ceramic fabric, these trousers offer top-level waterproofness and breathability at a good price. They have a mesh lining as well to mask any condensation and improve comfort. That lining does mean you need more care when putting them on, though, as it tends to snag more than unlined alternatives. In terms of design you get an elasticated waist with a drawcord, but nothing more, so it’s worth checking the fit. The legs are articulated to improve the fit a little, and you also get 45cm zips in the legs, which allows them to go over most boots pretty easily. Those zips aren’t the most water-resistant variety but you do get internal and external flaps to help keep driving rain out. There’s no other adjustment on the legs, but the price is very attractive and you’re getting a good fabric. The features are slightly limited, but they’re adequate, providing reasonable performance when hillwalking. Add in a weight of just 341g (size L) and Lowe Alpine Triplepoint Pants are a good option if you can’t stretch to £100, and they’re certainly a better bet than many lower-priced trousers.
Material Triplepoint Ceramic
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 8-16
Weight 341g (size L)
A good fabric is combined with a well-designed basic set of features, while the overall package has a good weight and price, making the Lowe Alpine Triplepoint Pant a decent all-rounder for most hillwalkers.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2014