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Lowe Alpine Contour 40

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Contour 40 has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best overnight packs for 2021.


Price Reviewers Paid: $49.00-$70.00


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

Outstanding for off-trail hiking in the Great Smokies. Suberb for climbing, the narrow top doesn't restrict head movement. Lg. CamelBak fits perfectly in the external shovel pocket. Could use a beefier, padded waist belt.

Design: fronloading/rucksack
Size: 2800ci
Number of Pockets: 2 with shovel flap
Max. Load Carried: 30lbs
Height of Owner: 5ft8in
Price Paid: $49.95

This pack is only slightly smaller than my internal-frame backpack. It works almost as well, with the waistbelt being the only difference. If it were beefier I would use this pack for overnights. This little pack does it all! It's been snowshoeing as well as hiking through Death Valley. Holds everything we need regardless of the destination. The shape fits my long torso no problem. Straps are durable for the most part, but when the stiching began to fray on a compression strap Lowe fixed it in quick order at no charge. I would recommend this pack to anyone for its comfort and verstility, as well as Lowe's service.

Design: rucksack
Size: 2800
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 25lbs
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $49 (on sale)

I love this pack... I have owned at least five daypacks... and this one is the best... Carries loads really well, the contour makes the low ride low in your lumbar region... And you can add the Lowe sidepockets to increase capacity... I will definitely buy this pack again, once I kill my present one... This is the only pack that I would definitely buy again... I would vote this my favorite all time pack. I used it in the Cirque of Towers in the Winds River Range in Wyoming, for rock climbing. I use it as a bicycling pack. I use it ice climbing... Like I said a great pack...

P.S. Sorry about the rambling, raving...

Design: rucksack
Size: 2500
Number of Pockets: 1 outside pocket
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'10
Price Paid: $70 US

I love this pack. I have three other rucksacks... and this one is the best. I use it for commuting to work on my bike... I like the way the low profile toward the top allows free movement of my helmeted head. It also carries so well. I've used it in the Wind Rivers Range in Wyoming as my day pack... Highly recommended. Will try it for ice climbing... hope it survives...

Design: rucksack
Size: 2400
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 35 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'10
Price Paid: $69

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