The Velocity is a popular low-priced, lightweight multi-activity jacket that is made from Lowe Alpine’s own Triplepoint 2.5 layer material. The fabric is rated as very waterproof and very breathable, and it doesn’t have an annoying mesh lining to snag and get in the way. The style is short, which is ideal for running and biking. There is a full-length front zip with a double external stormflap to keep the rain out, while the pockets also get an external stormflap to help prevent water entering them. The pockets are mesh-lined to increase venting and they can just about be accessed while wearing rucksack belts. The hood can be rolled down and it benefits from a wired peak to protect the eyes in all weathers. Superb arm movement adds to the functionality when biking or climbing. At the price this offers excellent value and is ideal for those wanting to carry a little less gear in a variety of fast outdoor activities. But the pocket access could be a little better as the lower part of the Lowe Alpine Velocity’s pockets is obstructed while wearing rucksack belts. The hood fit and movement were not quite as good as some others. Also, a dash of reflective piping would help to improve visibility at night. Higher-priced jackets are made with material that should control condensation better.
Outer Triplepoint 2.5 layer
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 366g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100
Verdict: The Lowe Alpine Velocity multi-activity jacket is ideal for biking, running and fast hiking, but the hood, pockets and condensation control are better in higher-priced options.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009