Lowe Alpine Velocity 2010

The Velocity multi-activity jacket makes use of Lowe Alpine 2.5-layer Triplepoint fabric, which is rated as very waterproof and very breathable. The style is short, which is ideal for running and biking, while the double stormflap over the front zip helps to lock out driving rain – and this is a feature that very few jackets have these days. The two large pockets can easily take an OS map They are mesh-lined too, so they add some extra venting if you’re moving fast and overheating. The hood can be rolled down and secured at the collar, so it is ideal for biking for example, while the fit and movement are ideal when worn on the head. The hood has a stiffened peak with a wire so it can be reshaped if it gets distorted. All that for £90 sounds pretty good, making the Lowe Alpine Velocity ideal for those on a tighter budget. But the pocket access is easily obscured while wearing rucksack belts, which is a drawback compared to other options, although it will depend on how much you use pockets of course. Some reflective piping would be good for night-time activity too. Better fabric performance is available from higher-priced jackets. So not a lot wrong but perhaps enough to warrant spending more cash.

Outer Triplepoint 2.5 layer
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 356g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100

The Lowe Alpine Velocity is ideal for biking, running and fast hiking, but better pocket access is available with similar jackets at higher prices.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010