User Review: Lowe Alpine Contour Mountain 50
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $50
Rare teardrop design that allows maximum upper torso movement. Probably not a good pack if your only one, but an xlnt secondary pack.
- Xlnt design, overall and details.
- Seams appear weak for 50 litre sz.
Originally a winter day pack, this is my first choice for heavy day trips (prospecting, etc) and short weekend treks. I'm 6'4" and 210 lbs with a long torso (relatively short legs for 6'4") and don't mind that the waistband rides largely above my hip bones.
Due to teardrop shape, the pack has a lower CG than average, and what nixed rucksacks in past (like a rock on your butt). However, in my case (long torso/short legs) the 'lower' CG in is further up my roll center (hips) so more comfy than most guys.
I can carry 40 lbs in this puppy like nothing, but used to monster loads approaching 100 lbs. The body hugging fit is a fairly small profile that allows xlnt upper torso movement, but a 'body hugging' fit that will turn you into a sweat hog by 80F (only a summer issue). Nevertheless, xlnt design, lacking most modern claptrap, yet including rarities.
For this sz, the 'one room' interior is best...simple and lightweight...but unlike a traditional drawstring rucksack, the heavy duty (arc top) zipper is similar a panel front design (more access than drawstring). Adequate waist pad and back pad, likewise shoulder straps and cinches, tho the lack of stays will bug guys wearing the waistband riding more on the hips (could always install an 1/8" plastic backsheet inside).
My only issue is that the seams aren't double sewn, so one has to watch for weak spots (stress at sag points when loaded). After 5 yrs of moderate use, still looks/works great, and when home, this pack sits in my bedroom as my bugout bag (emergency kit).
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