Customer Reviews Of:
Lowe Alpine Frozen Sun Polartec® Jacket - Insulated (For Men)
Average Rating based on 7 reviews 4.857142 0 5
Verified Buyer Reviewed by lowealpine from Boston on Monday, February 15, 2016I can't begin to describe this jacket. It's so soft and comfortable; like nothing I've ever worn before. It's also extremely thin, and yet I wore it yesterday in sub zero weather (counting windchill) and I was as warm as if I was wearing a jacket three times as thick. It's a shame this jacket is discontinued, but its sister company, Rab, makes something similar.
Reviewed by Cruiser from Littleton, CO on Friday, December 4, 2015The other reviewers here did a very good job of describing this piece so I won't add too much here. I'm 6' and 180# with long arms and an athletic build. The fit on the large is spot on for me. I love the interior fabric and, so far, the Alpha insulation has been everything it was supposed to be. The comfort range on this jacket is super wide.
Long story short: I sold my Arc'teryx Atom LT hoody and replaced it the Frozen Sun. The Frozen Sun jacket is just plain better than the venerable Arc piece. Simple as that.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Garret from Funky town on Friday, September 25, 2015Great little jacket. I wear it alone for working outdoors in colder months. I can also layer it with other jackets and sweaters if need be ior temps in the teens. Very well made and has many pockets and features. Great hood set up.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Southwest Coyote from New Mexico on Monday, March 9, 2015The Lowe Frozen Sun has become an instant favorite. I already have "puff ball" and "micro puff" jackets from Patagonia, Outdoor Research and Mountain Hardware but this Winter and Spring the Frozen Sun is the jacket that keeps getting stuffed into my pack. While the Frozen Sun does not pack down as small as a typical "micro puff" I think that is due to the use of heavier (i.e. more durable and warm) weight materials, zippers, bigger pockets and excellent hood with brim. The hood and pockets are excellent in design and function. The pockets are well placed and large enough to comfortably stash gloves, a hat, I pod and a pair of glasses. The Frozen Sun liner wicks well and the asymmetric cuff design is excellent and works well with gloves when skiing. I have used the Frozen Sun with just a lightweight Capilene shirt in low 20 degree weather with 20 to 30 mph winds. In colder weather a shell easily extends the range to low single digits. I have not worn the Frozen Sun in the rain but, I have managed to get it wet from sitting in the bottom of my pack in in wet snow and it dried quickly from body heat. The finish and materials are high quality and based on my experience to date I predict the Frozen Sun will be durable for many years. I am 5'11" and 162 pounds and the Large fits great with room for layering. The arms run long but are easily adjustable with the hook and loop system. As with all Lowe products, the European sizing seems to run somewhat smaller than the typical US equivalent. Overall, I highly recommend the Frozen Sun as a useful piece of kit for all mountain use.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Southwest Coyote from New Mexico on Friday, February 27, 2015The Lowe Frozen Sun has become my go to jacket for cold weather mountain activities. I have comfortably worn the Frozen Sun in high wind conditions with temperatures in the low to mid 20 degree range with light snow with just a lightweight Capilene long sleeved shirt underneath. If its colder, like on the chair lift I add a Gore-Tex shell which extends the range down to the single digits. I have several "puff ball" jackets from Outdoor Research and Patagonia. I like Frozen Sun better than my other "puff ball" jackets regardless of the price. That said the price of Frozen Sun at STP was more than $150 dollars less than the better known brands that one notices being worn at the Mall. The Frozen Sun fits great and the pockets and zipper are superior to Patagonia. Having pockets large enough to stuff hats, gloves, goggles etc. is a must in outdoor gear. In high winds the Frozen Sun has a far superior hood than Patagonia. I really like cuff design and it works well over gloves particularly when skiing. While not as compressible as, and heavier than the Outdoor Research or Patagonia micro puffs, but the trade off is that the Frozen Sun is much warmer. I think the lining adds warmth and wicks well but makes the Frozen Sun heavier and harder to stuff than other micro puff jackets. The Outdoor Research micro puff breaths the best, but I think it is due to the use of thin stretchy fabric on the sides and underarms that breathes great when moving but is not very warm when stopped or in high winds. Stitching and finish on the frozen Sun are all high quality and the jacket appears well made. Due to short (and no washings) time of use to date, I can't evaluate durability but it appears like this jacket will be in my pack for many years. I am 5'11" 162 pounds and the large fits perfect trim but not baggy and the jacket stays put when you raise the arms.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Steve B from Virginia on Monday, February 23, 2015I haven't had the jacket all that long but I am impressed so far. It is warm and lightweight. Kept me comfortable while shoveling snow in 20 degree weather. Consider ordering one size up. I usually wear a medium but had to exchange it for a large. Only down side is the zipper pull is on the left side like many European products which takes some getting used to.
Reviewed by Rhino from Oregon on Thursday, February 5, 2015I 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