Lowe Alpine TFX Cerro Torre 65+15
I am very satisfied with this backpack, I've owned…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $200
I am very satisfied with this backpack, I've owned it for two years now and it survived many journeys in Central America. It could be a problem in the chicken buses trying to fit it inside the basket but that's no big problem considering that it distributes the load very well and it has perfect features making it best suitable for camping, hiking or simply travelling around. I would recommend this backpack for extended hikes and backpacking. Best choice.
- Tons of space
- Side straps
- Front opening
- Mitten-friendly zippers
- Bulky at the bottom
I'm 5'11'' and I must say it fits very well on me, you can adjust it to the size of your back, has many levels so it won't be a problem for anyone considering heights.
I bought this backpack thinking in my future hiking trips in Central American volcanoes. I hiked several times with it and I gotta say it fitted very well on my back, the back system is very comfy and allows sweat to breathe away from a little mesh system in the middle of the back and it's very well padded in the sides so that it doesn't harm your back. The hip belts are very well padded too and are very comfortable. I'd loved it if it had hip belt pockets but that's just no big deal.
It comes with excellent features such as a large front pocket, allowing you to reach your stuff at the bottom of the pack without having to unpack everything. The bottom compartment is SUPER roomy, I even stuck two sleeping bags in it plus a sweater and other small accessories, this of course can be a problem if you're travelling with the chicken buses because it turns very bulky when fully packed.
My recommendation, don't pack this compartment to its full capacity, fill it accordingly and use the compression straps on it to accumulate the weight and thus making it easier to carry. The capacity is more than enough I think, that depends on the user, the good thing is that it has a compression chord so if you don't fill it all the way you can just compress it down and no big empty bulks will form at the top.
The material seems very resistant, I've had it for two years now and it survived many volcano trips in Central America, plus jungle trips and of course many chicken bus rides. It shows no sign of harm at all!
Other excellent features are the rain cover, big enough to cover the backpack even with a tent strapped to it. It has plenty organization pockets in the top hood and inside the backpack, at the back of the front opening, discrete enough to hide things of more value.
I really love this backpack, is not that heavy considering its capacity and though has some minor issues already mentioned here those are no big drawbacks in comparison to all the excellent features that it comes with. I really recommend it for anyone.
Amazing bag. love the internal frame and space and…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: €200
Amazing bag. love the internal frame and space and comes with a raincover. the only part i didn't like is if you stick your sleeping bag at the bottom when you put the bag down it roles onto its belly.
- great back support
- plenty of space
- good rain cover
- cool hood that is detachable
- also comes with a phone case which is a nice extra
- so many different settings when on your back
- ideal for 18-year-olds up, unless you're a big young boy then grab it
- rolls over on its belly if you let it when put on the ground
fit is the best fit I've had. so close to your back it feel almost effortless. also so many straps to mess with bound to find one that fits you.
comfort from going to external to internal frame omg i feel like my back has been hugged, almost like it carries itself.
capacity: you can't fit all 4-season gear inside with pots and everything on your ow if you needed :p which is great and you'd still be able to carry it :P
it's easy to get at the stuff inside if you pack well.
this feels very stable when packed right. pack it wrong and all i can say, stop redo it or you will fall over :p
compresion is great when you keep your sleeping bag loose :p
construction is excellent.
i use it for long extended trips up mountains, usually heavy wind and rain but holds up well.