All the most important features of a functional general-purpose jacket are built into the Lowe Alpine Wilderness. Firstly it is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric, so it has high performance levels. There is a mesh lining inside for extra comfort too. The jacket is relatively long in the body so it provides better protection in wet weather than many modern, shorter designs. There are four external pockets and they can all be accessed while wearing a rucksack, thanks to the extra length of the jacket. There is a dedicated map pocket too under the double stormflap that covers the main front zip. The hood is particularly good as it rolls into the collar when not needed but also has a stiffened peak and is free of annoying flappy bits that can drive you mad in windy weather. Use this for general walking and it is sure to be a comfy option. But there are fabrics that offer higher levels of breathability, such as Gore-Tex Pro Shell for example. There are jackets with lower price tags than the Lowe Alpine Wilderness, and also lighter options that may be of benefit when carrying the jacket in a rucksack. Some people may prefer the wraparound face design of other hoods... not me, though!
Outer 2-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 754g (men‘s M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 200
Verdict: The Lowe Alpine Wilderness is an ideal jacket for hill and valley walking in wet and windy weather.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009