... new Lowe Alpine jacket revives classic fabric, plus sneak look at new 2010 kit.
New clothing from Lowe
both for this autumn
and for next spring
. The big news is that the iconic Triplepoint Ceramic fabric is back
sort of, for this winter in the form of the new Flash Jacket, due in
the shops in the next few weeks.
Flash Jacket - Out About
Triplepoint has stayed in the Lowe Alpine range as a
budget sort of option, but now there's a new, higher-end version of the
fabric called Triplepoint
which uses ceramic technology to give performance
which the company says is 'highly breathable' and almost on a par with
top Gore-Tex fabrics. The new fabric is a laminate with two-way stretch
and, unusually, an anti-bacterial element.
The jacket itself is a lightweight, technical mountain shell. Claimed
weight is 412 grammes and it has a helmet-compatible Swivel Sight Hood,
micro-taped seams, Lowe Alpine's standard rear of upper arm vents and
two big chest pockets.
Looks like an interesting alternative to Gore-Tex, but it's not cheap
with a price tag in the region of £240
Should be in the shops within the next fortnight.
New for 2010 - Light And
We also got a sneak peek at what's new next spring - two
main highlights, some lightweight windproofs in the light and fast
sector and a subtle revamp of standard Dryflo baselayers.
The new light and fast stuff, aimed at runners, bikers and
lightweight walkers is called Outrun
and comes in three forms, jacket, gilet and a jacket with zip-off
sleeves for the best of both worlds.
It's very light stuff - the jacket weighs 115 grammes - and
is made from Nylon with a very thin PU coating. All three
have a zip-away hood, zipped chest pocket and reflective bits. Prices
will be £70 for the jacet, £60 for the vest and
£75 for the convertible. Out early 2010.
Dryflo Jazzed Up
Nothing major, for spring 2010, Dryflo gets a cosmetic
makeover with nicer colours and two-colour designs so the iconic
baselayer looks a bit more contemporary.
Amusingly, the zip-neck version is called the Airaid. Standard tee is
£30, zip-neck £35.
Cartoon Climbing Tees
One last thing we liked is a selection of organic cotton
tee-shirts with cool climbing cartoons on the back, we'll let
the pics speak for themselves, but they're again out in spring 2010,
which is usually February in outdoor industry speak, and will retail
for £25 each.