Lowe Alpine TFX Expedition 75:95
I feel ambivalent about this pack. I love the simple design and the fact that it can swallow a full summer load with 10 days worth of food.
Water bottles and tent pegs+poles fit in the wand pockets while compression straps are well placed to keep everything secure. If I need to carry a wet tent on the outside I put it in a mesh stuff sack and fit to the two carrying handles. Sleeping pad straps securely vertical to the gear attachment loops.
It has proved itself to be durable over three weeks of use so far and certainly looks tough enough, reinforced where it needs to be but not over the top.
Two problems though, first mine does not weigh 2.25 kilos which is what the label on it said when I bought it, it weighs 2.45 kilos with the backpacking hip belt. When I asked Lowe Alpine UK to replace it with one which agreed with the stated weight the guy went and weighed all the packs of this model that they had and could not find one!!!
Second, I find that the hip belt tends to slip with loads over 15 kilos and is not really that comfortable with heavy loads, my Osprey Argon can carry 20 kilos better but does not have the capacity. Maybe the hipbelt slipping is a consequence of my body shape, I don't know.
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As its name suggests, the Lowe Alpine Expedition Backpack is suitable for hauling loads of stuff into the backcountry and does so while providing you carrying comfort and fit versatility. With a max load at around 70 pounds you can over-pack to your heart's desire and laugh while you ask for help putting your pack back on.
As the name suggests the TFX Expedition 75:95 Backpack is designed to be a clean workhorse of a pack. It's lightweight but capable of carrying very heavy loads. The Lightweight TriShield Grid fabric ensures maximum strength to weight ratio.
As its name suggests, this model is aimed at the true expeditioner wanting a clean workhorse of a pack; lightweight yet robust and capable of carrying very heavy loads Includes top-of-the-range TFX 10 back system, AdaptiveFit hipbelt for personalised comfort, super-trong and lightweight TriShield Grid fabric, lash points, compression extenders for attaching e g roll mat, 2 load-lifting handles to aid putting a heavy load on a partner and more features This pack really is the ultimate companion for long, arduous treks
The TFX 10 back system found on the TFX Expedition 75:95 provides a customized comfortable fit and broad range of adjustability (16"-23") for backpackers of varying torso lengths. Providing maximum balance, the Torso Motion frame system allows the hipbelt to react relative to your spine while the internal frame of the TFX Expedition 75:95 flexes and rotates with your torso. Enhancing comfort, high-performance "rebound" foam on the inside of the lumbar pad responds to the natural curve of your lower back. Twin aluminum stays provide rigid strength for loads of up to 70 pounds. Load-lifter straps and a sliding sternum strap conveniently adjust, allowing you to make micro adjustments while on the move. In addition, Lowe Alpine's trademarked Noggin Notch provides a contoured space for head movement, combating the stiff, sore neck often associated with a long day on the trail.
- Rocky Mountain Trail