Lowe Alpine AirZone Centro 45+10
Design: Top Loading Internal Frame
Number of Pockets: several
Max. Load Carried: 30
Height of Owner: 5'10
Price Paid: $89.99
Overall pretty nifty pack. Similar to the Gregory Z55 in some ways. More options and pockets, however I don't think it is as "bomb proof" as the Gregory. The padding is a bit less, the straps and buckles have less of a quality feel than the Z55.
I would not want to carry more than ~30 lbs with the Lowe Alpine. I don't think the frame could handle anymore. That is where I think the Z55 would be better.
But the Z55 is not as adjustable as the Lowe Alpine. The Airzone Centro is infinitely adjustable so I sold my Z55 and went for the Lowe Alpine.
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Key Features of the� Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 45 + 10 BackpackAirZone breathable back� Easy access side entryFront stash pocket� Torso Fit CentroSternum strap with whistleNumerous attachment pointsLowe Alpine Airzone Centro 45 + 10� BackpackThe� Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 45 + 10 Backpack� is designed to meet all of your needs as you enjoy your time in the outdoors. The AirZone breathable back reduces sweating by maximizing airflow to keep you cool. This bag has many pockets so you can organize and pack all your gear. It has a large front stash pocket as well as an easy access side entry pocket for frequently used items. This bag also has mesh side pockets, a key clip, and is compatible for a hydration system for your convenience. The pull out rain cover keeps the bag and your belongings dry in case of rain. The bag is designed to be comfortable while wearing as it features the� Torso Fit Centro� adjustable back length system,� a padded hip belt, and a sternum strap with a convenient emergency whistle. For your tools, this pack includes a secure ice axe/walking pole attachment to make sure you can carry everything you need. Have a comfortable time outside with the� Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 45 + 10 Backpack.
The back system in the Lowe Alpine AirZone Centro 45+10 Pack minimizes the contact your back has with this overnight pack. This enhances airflow so you stay cooler and drier on backpacking trips. Pack gear for one or two nights in the AirZone Centro 45, adjust the torso length, and hit the trail. Side zippers make it easy to find an extra layer when the weather gets chilly, and the large expandable front pocket holds snacks and maps. The AirZone Centro Pack's extendable lid makes space for an extra 600 cubic inches of gear for longer trips.
The Lowe Alpine AirZone Centro 45+10 Backpack is a comfortable, fully adjustable overnight pack. The Torso Fit Centro uses a centrally-adjusted buckle to allow non-slip adjustment that fits your torso. Easy access side entry gives maximum access while keeping contact areas dry and clean.
The Lowe Alpine AirZone Centro 45+10 Liter backpack is large enough for a simple overnight camping trip or multi-day backpacking trek. This pack offers the committed hiker a versatile 4 season pack that is fully adjustable and superbly comfortable. Top and side access points make it easy to organize gear and to grab that extra layer from the bottom of your pack without emptying out the entire thing. This technical hiking pack can be easily expanded an additional 10 Liters for extra storage which can make this overnight backpack suitable for longer trips. A built in rain cover is easily deployable and super handy when afternoon storms catch you off guard.
- Rocky Mountain Trail