Lowe Alpine Sirocco Classic
Great all-purpose camping/backcountry hiking backpack.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Don't recall, but was not high end. Was 1 of few women's pack available
Great all-purpose camping/backcountry hiking backpack. Has held up over a decade with multiple people using it on overnight to 30-day trips. A bit heavy compared to what's available today. Padding is comfortable but hot.
- Customizable fit with lumbar support
- Comfortable padded belt
- Proper H2O holder location
- Zippers still great, but hasn't been overstuffed
- Takes time to get fit properly adjusted
- Heavy by today's standards and hot against back
This pack has been a great pack for the family. Has held up over a decade of backpacking and intercontinental trips (as a checked bag with flight cover) and has been loaned out to friends over the years. (Each person adjusting for their size.)
Loved it as a great all purpose family pack. My children used it for preteen scouting trips. It's been well cared for and always hung on a dedicated hook in the basement. It will be taken out again this summer for a family Denali backcountry trip but my son will hump it.
I liked the traditional bucket interior, which allowed for easily balancing loads low and against the spine. Items then fill around bully items like a bear cache, tent, and cooking pot (stove inside) to use space efficiently. I'm 5'5" (used to weigh 135 lbs, now considerably more) but still feel the pack balances well.
It was a bit big for the kids' trips as far as volume when they were around 10 or 12, but we did not load it up then and compressed everything. Now my son is 22 yrs old, 5'7" 160 lbs and feels it's still comfortable for his summer trips or two to music festivals and a hiking/camping trip or two. We also don't worry about it getting "ruined" or someone stealing it!
It's a heavy pack by today's standards, but useful for the few trips taken per year. Some of the straps are frayed at the ends, but zippers and everything still works. Bombproof! Great pack without breaking the bank.
This was a good entry level pack. The suspension was…
Design: front-loading internal
Size: 5200 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 3
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $159.99
This was a good entry level pack. The suspension was comfortable (no disconfort on long trips for me) and the pack was functional...
This is a very basic pack. I did not care for the organization on this pack. Getting things into and out of the Sirocco Classic was a chore. Often times I would lose things in the pack. More pockets were needed other than the sleeping bag compartment, main compartment, and floating hood.
The quality of the pack was lacking as well. With only light use one of the velcro strips along the frame on the back panel began to rip up. The zippers on the sleeping bag compartment were not of good quality, and snagged or broke frequently. I saw this happen on other Lowe Alpine packs as well.
I would not recommend this pack to anyone other than a beginner or an infrequent user.
This is a great pack for comfort--the suspension generally…
Design: top loading internal frame
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 40
Height of Owner: 5'4"
Price Paid: $199
This is a great pack for comfort--the suspension generally carries a moderate to good-size load for a woman with relative ease. My difficulty was the organization--in order to one thing out, I often had to unload and reload the whole pack--I need more pockets!