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
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
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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