Sharing a booth with sister company Rab, Lowe Alpine was presenting at ISPO some great looking gear. Some of the best pieces were backpacks but we did see some promising garments.
The Wildfire jacket is a resistant hardshell using the eVent waterproof / breathable membrane. It features two hand pockets higher on the jacket to not be blocked by a climbing harness and a chest pocket. All zips are waterproof and the main one is of the two-way variety like most zips we will see next winter. The hood is helmet compatible and has a wired visor. A technical jacket for ice climbing and mountaineering, RRP: 299€, available in various colours.
We also liked the Frozen Sun jacket, an insulated mid layer with Polartec Alpha / Pertex Microlight and on the inside a lightweight mesh we saw on other Alpha jackets. The stability of Polartec’s new insulation allows for lighter inner fabrics. The Frozen Sun jacket also uses a two-way front zip. RRP: 189€ which could be great value if the weight turns out to be on the low side.
To finish the garment side let’s look at the Araya hoody. A high quality fleece using Polartec Thermo pro and side panels of Polartec Power Stretch. RRP 139€.
But of course Lowe Alpine is also a great pack manufacturer and we saw some really cool new backpacks from the highly technical to the very good value for money.
The most interesting ones are in the Attack series. Some existing models have been revised for autumn 2014. The Mountain Attack adds a new axe attachment system to accommodate all types on the market. The Alpine Attach is one of the nicer looking pack at the show with its main compartment made of one single tube of Trishield fabric. It gets new axe attachments, colours and can carry a pair of skis and two axes.
The new Attack Lite 40L is a 1Kg pack with double ice axe attachment, rope and crampon strap and the same durable Trishield fabric. Also new is the Peak Attack, available in 42L and 32L versions. It uses a cheaper 300D Nailhead fabric but can still carry a pair of skis and two ice axes and at 74€ / 69€ it is definitely great value for money.