Lowe Alpine Velocity 2008

The Lowe Alpine Velocity multi-activity jacket replaces the Lowe Alpine Rush jacket, which was very popular in previous years. The new jacket weighs in at 366g (men’s L), which makes it light enough to pack in a rucksack. The fabric is a 2.5 layer material (like Gore-Tex Paclite) and is rated as very waterproof and very breathable. The style is short, which is ideal for running and biking, while the double stormflap over the front zip helps to keep out driving rain. The two pockets are map-sized and the jacket is designed to pack into one of these (and there are loops so it can be hooked to a belt). The hood can be rolled down and secured at the collar, while the fit and movement are ideal. It gets a stiffened peak too so the worst of the wind-driven rain can be shielded from the eyes. Superb arm movement adds to the functionality. But the Lowe Alpine Velocity’s pocket access is easily obscured while wearing rucksack belts, which is the only real drawback to this jacket. However a dash of reflective piping would be good to improve visibility at night, and higher-priced jackets are made with material that should control condensation better.

Outer Triplepoint 2.5 layer
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 366g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100

Verdict
The Lowe Alpine Velocity is ideal for biking, running and fast hiking, but for other users the poor pocket access may be a drawback.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008