Lowe Alpine Vision 40
Design: Top loading daypack
Size: 2400 cu.in.
Number of Pockets: 1 back pocket plus 2 side mesh pouches
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $58.95
Very nice daypack with a lot of capacity and a comfortable suspension that is designed to carry a lot of weight. I use it mostly for desert hiking, which it seems to be designed for.
Minus point: not sure what the mesh side pouches were designed for. I use them to hold a water bottle occasionally, but the bottle isn't all that secure there.
Design: internal frame
Number of Pockets: lid, front bellows
Max. Load Carried: 35 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10
Price Paid: $46 US ($69 Cdn)
I bought this pack in Toronto (stores on King St.W. & Front St.) for the amazing price of $69 Cdn ($46 US). I recently used it for an ultralight winter trip, but most often it is used as a large daypack. Wife used it on Mt. Washington, N.H. for an ultralight week!
I love the back air-channel and the frame (single stay + framesheet are the best). Materials of heavy-duty rip-stop are about the strongest I've seen. Zipper have flourescent pull-tabs that are great in the tent at night. Top stabilizer strabs work well. Three pockets in lid are handy organizers. Not clutered with pockets, straps hanging off. No spindrift collar, but lid covers well/tightly.
This is a VERY well made pack, even at full ($100 US) price. Better quality than any pack in its class. And I researched the hell out of packs before I bought.
Seems bigger than the stated 40 liters (Explore Magazine Gear Guide says it is 47 liters). Much better than the MEC pack and Eureka 40 I had before. The best thing about this pack is the bombproof way it was sewn (apparently still by hand). Great attention to detail. Don't anticipate any probs...ever.
The bellows pocket fits my 2 liter platy hydration, the pole pockets fit my Bivy poles, and tekking poles perfectly. I bent the stay and it fits perfectly. The pack weighs about 3.5 lbs (due to kick-ass frame) but can carry enough for a week. I need it up to about 25lbs, but it can handle 35lbs with aplomb. 1999 Pumpkin color is great
Size: 40 liters
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: $70
I've had this pack for about 6 years and have absolutely loved it. This thing has gone with me to the summits of Orizaba, the Grand Teton, Timponogos (multiple winter ascents), and many others. It's a little tight for overnight use, but it carries all of the backcountry essentials plus necessary climbing gear (e.g. ropes, crampons, axes, rock protection, etc.).
It's very comfortable and rides well. I don't know if they even make these anymore, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better mid-sized frame pack for this price.
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This versatile Lowe Alpine daypack will get you to and from school and in and out of the mountains with ease. Large main compartment Lid outer pocket and map pocket Zippered front pocket Two ice axe loops Wand pockets for tent and walking poles Top loading with air-cooled suspension system Compression straps at top, sides and bottom to keep load tight Zippered lid pocket Fits torsos: 18-21" Capacity: 2400 cu.in. Weight: 3 lb. 7 oz. Fabric: Nylon CLOSEOUTS . Vietnam.
- Sierra Trading Post