Lowe Alpine is working closely with WL Gore on the launch of its new Pro Shell line. The launch campaign features extensive advertising in the specialist titles over the winter, including a special promotion where for one month buyers of Lowe Alpine Pro Shell garments gain a free Petzl e-Lite head torch.
For winter hikers probably the target garment is the Arete Jacket, created specifically for the UK market with its longer length and 4-pocket design (£190). More technical winter walkers will upgrade to the Climb Pro Jacket with its lighter weight and high-mobility features (£260) which is gaining excellent reviews.
Winter insulation for hikers demands effective, breathable, lightweight mid-layer garments such as Lowe Alpine’s Power Stretch designs. Despite the several different versions of Polartec Power Stretch available to manufacturers, Lowe insists on using the most durable (and expensive) nylon-faced version in its garments including the Power Stretch Top (£65) and Tights (£50).
Further options for cold-weather conditions include down or synthetic insulation. Lowe Alpine’s Outer Limits Jacket (£100) is a winter staple with its highly effective Polarguard 3D fill – light in weight, packs down small, and of course continues to insulate when wet. Designed with alpinists Andy Cave and Pat Littlejohn, the Outer Limits is designed to be worn under or over shell garment.
Of course, few winter walkers will consider their gear collection complete without a Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap (£30). Jeff Lowe originally invented this icon in the early 1980s while designing Latok gear, which subsequently became Lowe Alpine apparel. Years of development later, the original is still the best!
There’s always plenty of argument about the perfect capacity for a winter walkers’ rucksack. The consensus seems to be around 40 litres, which makes Lowe Alpine’s new Crag Attack 40 perfect given its features and price (£50). Versatile, durable and perfectly specified for those who might carry poles, walking axes plus a little extra gear.