In 1973, Lowe Alpine was born in climber Greg Lowe’s garage. Greg and his brother Mike Lowe started the company to make the gear that Greg needed for alpine climbing, ice climbing, and expeditions that simply did not exist at that time. Mike Lowe once said, "our innovations were simply a by-product of necessity.”
It was cutting-edge stuff, some of it the most influential gear of all time. The brothers conceptualized and built the first internal frame backpack, technical climbing clothing, and a host of other alpine gear.
Eventually the business got big, the brothers sold, and then Lowe Alpine went through a series of ups and downs that came with changes in ownership. Through all of it, Lowe Alpine maintained its reputation for excellent performance at a value price. But the brand faded from retail stores, finally disappearing in 2010.
Now Equip, the U.K.-based company that also owns Rab, is bringing Lowe Alpine back. It’s investing heavily, updating the Lowe Alpine pack and apparel design with the goal of keeping it accessible—as Lowe Alpine always was—with top notch tech at affordable prices.