Lowe Alpine Attack MX 42+10
Price Paid: $160 (#1), $130 (#s 2 and 3)
This is a great pack! I've used mine extensively for the last three years (and picked up two more while they are still around).
I work as a guide and need BIG packs but this is for my personal adventures. For all its bells and whistles it is really well thought through and bombproof construction. The hip belt system is great. I've lent mine to a few people and the hip pads just pivot to fit the body type: male/female, short/tall, heaps of adjustment in the harness.
At 42 L they are a perfect size for me. I can/have managed to fit 10 days food and gear in there with winter gear and snowshoes stashed in the big front pocket, tent in behind them.
Lowe Alpine has been at this for a long time and it shows.
Price Paid: $122
Purchased this pack on the internet at a good price while looking for a winter/ski/climbing pack. Have done only one trip on the north side of MT Hood/Oregon with a steep gain of 3000 ft.
This trip started out on dry ground till I hit the snow line so had to carry my skis for a bit. Also had a complete overnight kit for snow camping. Pack was moderately heavy but was still pleased with the carry and features.
So far I am very pleased with this new gear. Looking forward to running this pack through its paces this year. Lowe has always given a lot of bang for the buck but at times has lacked in the feature and comfort areas. Seems they have hit a bullseye with this one.
Looks like a very good backcountry ski pack. For longer winter trips I use my old Dana Designs Terraplane. For day trips I use a Camelbak Commander camo hunting pack (3,000 cu. in. + 800 cu. in. with add-on side pockets)
I had to modify it by adding an aluminum flat bar pre-bent upside down U frame I bolted in. Also I cut off the useless cloth belt and added an REI Ridgeline padded waistbelt that happened to fit perfectly behind the Camelbak's lumbar pad (which I unstitched on the sides to slip in the new belt).
Finally I sewed on 1/2" webbing with QR buckles on the bottom for the sleeping bag and mattress. It worked great last winter for an overnighter Ski Patrol course.
Had I but known of the Lowe Alpine Attack I could have saved myself some work.
Number of Pockets: two
Max. Load Carried: 30kg
Height of Owner: 1.81m
Price Paid: $200
I am a member of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team and a professional mountaineering instructor, based in North Wales U.K. I find this pack great, it can take 100m of 10.5 mm rope plus my spare kit and ice axe, ice hammer, crampons, helmet, harness etc, etc. It is still comfortable to wear.
Once again Lowe has made a great bag. I have been using Lowe bags for for about 30 years and still find them the best on the market.
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