Lowe Alpine Scoops Polartec Award

Lowe Alpine has won an award for excellence in design for a jacket that won't be in the shops until late August. And how did Dr Who get in there?

Posted: 10 June 2005
by Jon

It's a weird, weird world out there in gear-making land; the designers are currently working on the kit you'll see in the shops in winter 2006 and Lowe Alpine has already won an (obviously) prestigious award for a garment that won't even be on sale until late August.

The award in question is the APEX, which is presented by fleece giants Polartec for 'excellence in design' and the winning product is the new Lowe Alpine Glacion jacket. It's a wind-resistant top made from a combination of Polartec's Windbloc ACT, which is a totally windproof fleece fabric, and Wind Pro, which is a densely woven and more breathable fleece.

The cunning bit is that the fabrics have been combined to provide windproof protection where it's needed, but with panels of the more breathable Wind Pro - one of the under-rated dark horses of the fleece market - placed cunningly to optimise breathability, usually the bugbear of windproof fleece.

Lowe Alpine also tells us that 'particular attention has been placed on freedom of movement and ease of use with backpack and climbing harnesses,' so that'll mean high chest pockets , a drop tail and the company's cunning scooped front hem profile designed for ease of movement when layered - spot those thigh scallops, ahem...

The price, oh, it's a mere £140.00, but who said technology was cheap... It looks nice anyway. But didn't Doctor Who wipe out the Glacions back in 1978?

More information about the current Lowe Alpine range at www.lowealpine.com and about Polartec fabrics at www.polartec.com

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