Lowe Alpine Mettle Tech Pant

These are very lightweight walking trousers. The fabric is not quite as ‘cottony’ as some, but it is far cooler than some dedicated mountain trousers. The fabric does not stretch, so you get a diamond crotch to increase freedom of movement. The fabric feels reasonably durable, too, for mountain use. An unusual feature is mesh vents inside the articulated knees. These aren’t overly obvious when lounging around, thankfully. You get a zipped mesh thigh pocket too, which also acts as a vent as do the two zipped mesh hip pockets. You also get a mesh vent across the back of the waist, which is again hidden by a flap. The ankle cuff has an adjuster, which is neat and subtle without overpowering the styling. The waist has a neat concealed belt. The hip pockets are map-sized which is useful. This all adds up to a modern, smart and stylish trouser that can cut it on the hill, while not overpowering your style at the bar. But the waist is not elasticated, so make sure it fits your beer belly, but you do get a zip to control the fit. The ugly cord zip pulls should be removed to increase cool styling but that is easy enough to do and you can always put them on again when heading for the hill, as they are useful. Those mesh vents may detract from the coolness of these trousers and they may even be a little draughty when hill walking in windy weather.


Materials: Desertweave nylon with mini ripstop and wicking treatment
Colours: graphite grey, stratosphere, opal grey
Sizes: XS-X (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight: 394g (men’s size L)
Made in Far East
Stores in UK: England 50; Wales 30; Scotland 20; Ireland 10

Verdict: Buy it if you want a lightweight, smart, reasonably cool and practical pair of trousers for walking, scrambling, backpacking, via ferrata and hanging out at the bar.