New favorite jacket

Reviewed by Rhino from Oregon on Thursday, February 5, 2015
I have the Rab Strata jacket, which I also love, so I've already been sold on the very real benefits of Polartec Alpha insulation. However, the details that Lowe Alpine put into the Frozen Sun jacket puts it over the top. I'm very, very impressed. First, the hood is one of the best that I've worn. It has a built-in wire brim, the cut is excellent, adjustability very good. It just works. And the material is so light and supple that it moves with your head very well, not obstructing views. The sleeves are perfect length, have rip and stick adjustments, and are cut longer on top to cover more of the back of your hands (a design that I've always appreciated). The Pertex Microlight shell fabric is very soft yet windproof and water resistant.

But the interior of the jacket is what sets it apart. The Rab Strata uses a thinner Pertex inside the jacket as well. The Frozen Sun, however, uses a fine mesh that sits incredibly comfortably against the skin. I feel like I'm wearing a hug. A warm, breathable, temperature regulating hug that I don't want to take off. I understand that the Marmot Isotherm jacket also uses this approach, but I haven't seen that jacket myself for comparisons.

I don't know where else in the US to reliably get Lowe Alpine gear, so grab this jacket from STP while you can. You won't be disappointed. This will be with me for a long time.

6ft, 220lbs, XL
Previous Review “Light and Warm but Seems to Run Small”