Lowe Alpine Wildfire (2014)

Features
The Wildfire is the latest release from the reintroduction of Lowe Alpine clothing. It features three external chest pockets with an additional zipped internal pocket and an internal stretch mesh pocket. The third chest pocket is small though and won’t take an OS map. There are pit zips for ventilation, while the hood gets a wired peak, as well as face and rear volume drawcords. 4/5

Fit
This is available in S-XXL for men only. A size medium (M) was supplied so it was naturally a closer fit than the size large (L) jackets here, but it still appeared fine and was of similar length to many others, meaning it only just protected my crotch. The hood and sleeves fitted well, though, and both allowed great movement. 5/5

Comfort
The Lowe Alpine Wildfire is built with 3-layer Triplepoint fabric featuring an eVent membrane, so it performs as well as other top-flight jackets we looked at in terms of waterproofness and breathability. Jackets with mesh linings are comfier and so are lighter, but this is good comfort for a jacket that offers the durability needed for mountain trips in all weathers. 5/5

In use
The Lowe Alpine Wildfire performs as well as many higher-priced jackets in our test. I’d like that third outside chest pocket to be large enough to accommodate an OS map though. But if you can live without that then the price and weight benefits are good compensation. The hood moves well with the head to allow easy vision, and the hem and cuffs don’t ride up when scrambling. 4/5

Value
The pockets aren’t perfect and there are lighter options, but if you can tolerate that then the price is excellent. 5/5

Verdict
The Lowe Alpine Wildfire is a good jacket at a very good price, but you may want to pay more for fine-tuning the details. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
4.6/5

www.lowealpine.com

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014