Lowe Alpine Flash 2010

Lowe Alpine’s Triplepoint Dynamic appeared in the autumn of 2009, and now it is pretty well-established as a great fabric. It has antimicrobial properties too, therefore it should not get so smelly when left damp in a rucksack. It is also very soft and flexible. But the real bonus of the Lowe Alpine Flash is the price, as this makes it exceptionally attractive when you consider the great fabric and the useful features. The Flash has a fairly standard layout of two chest pockets and a front zip, plus there is a mesh pocket inside too. The main front zip and the pocket zips are protected by a double stormflap on the outside, which I like for really wet weather. The hood fits well over a helmet or head, and it moves pretty well when you turn and look to the side or up a crag. The pockets are mesh-lined, so they allow some extra breathability too.  But as the pockets are mesh-lined they are not as watertight as they could be. The Lowe Alpine Flash is a little shorter than some other jackets, so you might need to don overtrousers more readily with this jacket. Movement in the sleeves is perhaps not quite as free as some others either. Some other jackets here have four chest pockets, while this has just two. All minor points really, but they may affect your decision to buy here or look elsewhere.

Outer 3-layer Triplepoint Dynamic
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 600g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 75

The Lowe Alpine Flash is a superb jacket for hill and mountain action at an incredibly competitive price for the performance. It won the ‘Best Value’ accolade in our review.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010