Lowe Alpine Chamonix 2008

The Lowe Alpine Chamonix is the sort of general-purpose jacket that many people want as it is comfortable, practical and you can throw it on and forget about it. It is built around 2-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell, which is superb in terms of breathability and waterproofness while the mesh lining adds welcome comfort. It’s built for wild weather too with a double stormflap over the front zip and single stormflaps over the pockets zips, both relatively rare features these days. There are lots of pockets and those at the hip can be accessed while wearing rucksack belts due to the slightly longer style of the jacket. The chest pockets are ideal too and there is an dedicated map pockets as well. The hood can be rolled to the collar and secured, and when worn on the head it fits and moves well, while the wired peak provides excellent protection.  But at 802g (men’s M) the Lowe Alpine Chamonix is very heavy, mainly due to that mesh lining I suspect. There are a lot of pockets, maybe more than you really need. There are of course many lower-priced options out there too if you are prepared to let go of some of the comfort and practical features offered here.

Outer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 802g  (men’s M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100Verdict: Use the Lowe Alpine Chamonix jacket for travel, valley and hill-walking and it is ideal but the extra weight means this is not the best for backpacking or fast and light travel.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008