Lowe Alpine Multi Pitch

This is a very practical soft shell jacket, being reasonably lightweight, stretchy and able to fend off wind and water. Most importantly of all it is also extremely breathable, so you can wear it under a waterproof when the storm clouds roll in. It is lighter and lower in price than some similar products too. The fabric is quite thin, and so this is more of a durable windproof than an insulating layer. The fabric is four-way stretch too, making this ideal for scrambling, mountaineering and climbing. Two map-sized chest pockets allow easy access to your mountain essentials on the move, while elasticated cuffs and a drawcord at the hem and collar keep the worst of the wind away. It has a shorter and slightly closer fit than some others. Use this for mountaineering, climbing, scrambling and hill-walking, and it should be ideal when worn over a base of insulating layers, as well as under a waterproof. But it is not as wind- or water-resistant as other fabrics, which is why it is so breathable and adaptable enough to be worn under a waterproof. There is no hood, whereas I would find one useful on a windproof garment when hill-walking. Others are warmer too.


Material: Storm weave
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); S-XL (women’s)
Weight: 530g (men’s size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 60; Wales 30; Scotland 20; Ireland 10

Verdict: Buy it if you want a lightweight, durable windproof that can be worn under waterproofs as well as over insulating layers.