Lowe Alpine Saracen

3 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Reviews

1

Though this is no lightweight pack it is a comfortable…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $160

Summary

Though this is no lightweight pack it is a comfortable pack that can easily handle loads well north of 80 lbs. It has lots of straps to help manage loads, a floating top lid, and the well known and liked Torso fit system for adjustability for torso length. Tough and durable and well made to give decades of use.

Pros

  • Well made and adjustable frame, almost one size fits all.
  • Heavy loads are easily managed
  • Very strong material, Lowe Alpine's triple stitching, and well padded.

Cons

  • Weight, if you insist on lightweight gear this is not your pack.
  • The colours available will not appeal to many

The Lowe Alpine Saracen is now discontinued but can be found on the net and eBay for fair prices. They are a high end pack with some excellent features that make packing a comfortable experience.

These features include the Lowe Alpine Torso fit system. This allows the torso length to be adjusted to almost any body length. The hip belt and shoulder straps have the balance between padding and stiffness figured out perfectly and are fully adjustable in many different configurations. Shifting weight from shoulder to hips is fast and easy. There are plenty of compression straps to keep the load against the back and not shifting no matter the weight. I've had well over 80 pounds in it and the load did not shift at all once tightened down.

The two side pouched zip off the main pack to form a neat little day pack. There are equipment loops for axes and crampons, sleeves for skis, anchor points for more pouches, but with 5440 cu/inches (120l when including side pouches) of cargo space it would seem it's not needed. The floating lid is an awesome feature that will let you compress a bulky load (i.e.. extra cold weather gear) evenly and away from your head.

There are compression straps for your sleeping bag in the bottom compartment and another set below the lid for a sleeping pad. This is a well made and thought out pack where all the features do exactly what they are designed to do.

The Saracen is made of 1000d waterproof nylon Cordura. Very tough, but not light. If durability trumps weight this is a pack that will fit the bill. It can be had in only olive drab and different countries version of woodland camouflage, and this will put many folks off. That said, it is a premium pack equal to Mystery Ranch or Kifaru and such for a fraction of the cost. I bought mine for $160 used, but the pack was a Swiss SOF soldier's spare and it wasn't used at all.

I have been using this pack for the past few months in some tough coastal mountain country and it has delivered as promised. Easily the most comfortable pack I have ever used.

0

If you are really strong...this pack will outlast…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 120 British Pounds ebay

If you are really strong...this pack will outlast by far the poor guy who has to carry it--it's heavy and expensive, but if you are never coming back to civilization, this is the one that will see you through.

For comfort, I would take the Gregory, but for sheer durability and top quality materials, this is the best I have seen. No lightweight compromises here for yuppie hikers (like myself...).

One flaw: the stitching is single--for the price, Lowe could have done triple stitches on their top-of-the-line pack. And I would have preferred a hard-shell belt, but I guess if you are going to be dropping it out of low-flying airplanes, the soft belt will hold up better.

0

Big, strong, easy to carry...expedition backpack.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Size: 120 liters
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 40 kg+
Price Paid: 250 euros

Big, strong, easy to carry...expedition backpack.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

CLOSEOUTS . With a huge 5492 cu.in. of capacity and extremely durable 1000 denier Cordura(R) nylon fabric, the Saracen military backpack from Lowe Alpine is ready to tackle multi-day adventures in the backcountry. Large capacity for extended backcountry excursions Contoured shoulder straps and padded waistbelt Two large side compartments detach to form a small pack for quick hikes Hydration pocket, ice axe loops and lots of attachment points for extra gear Lower sleeping bag compartment with divider Adjustable waistbelt and sternum strap for a snug, secure fit Internal frame Waistbelt: Adjusts to 55" Fits torsos: 16-22" Dimensions (HxWxD): 31x15x10" Capacity: 5492 cu.in. with 2440 cu.in. Spindrift collar extension Weight: 9 lb. 6 oz. Material: 1000 denier Cordura(R) Nylon Made in Vietnam. Visit our Backpack Guide Available Colors: OLIVE DRAB, ORIGINAL ARMY CAMO.

- Sierra Trading Post

Lowe Alpine Saracen

Discontinued

The Saracen has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$212.46

The Lowe Alpine Saracen is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 14, 2011 at Sierra Trading Post.

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