Lowe Alpine Arete

Good high collar and fleece chinguard, while the waist drawcord ensured a close fit. Adjustable peaked hood is great. The Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric was a bit rustly, though. Although fairly heavy, the Arete was a joy to walk in. Four outer pockets means you can stow hat and gloves easily, while still having room to keep your hands warm. The Pro Shell fabric offered good breathability and, teamed with an internal mesh lining, will keep you dry inside and out.

Colours: True red/ruby, deep cobalt
Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Key features: ‘Swivel Sight’ hood with volume adjuster, four external pockets, chest map pocket, drawcord waist
Weight: 680g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 740840, www.lowe.alpine.com
Verdict: A classic walking jacket that’s well-suited to year-round use. Breathable and durable and will keep you as dry and comfy in the hills as it will on the street.