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Historic Range: $159.95
Reviewers Paid: $245.00
I already had a backpack of 45 liters and I always wanted a bigger one. I bought the Lowe Alpine Liberty 75+15. It’s a great backpack.
I test it in Olympus mountain Makedonia Greece. I went there for three nights. The first route was 8 hour walking from 1000 m to 2.700 m to the refuge Giosos Apostolidis.
The only problem I had was that I was carrying with me many things in the backpack that I didn’t really want. But because of the big space I had, I took extra things with me. The big opening on the bag was very helpful when I tried the Liberty in a tend. I could find everything very easy. The small attached backpack on the back was great for day excursions. There is room for water, something to eat and a raincoat in outside.
I think that I made a great purchase but the next time I am not going to take extra things with me to fill all the backpack, because there is so much space that is very heavy when is filled.
Number of Pockets: 7
Max. Load Carried: 18 kilos
Height of Owner: 1.75
Price Paid: 300 euros
I bought this pack for hiking the Fundy Footpath after my first year set-up was murder on my body. This is my first "big" pack. I always hiked with a smaller pack so this was quite a departure for me.
I was impressed with the quality. It just felt tough and dependable. The pads are thick and breath well and grip just enough to hold the pack still but not enough to cause undue irritation to the skin. The main compartment is quite large and can shrink or expand to accommodate multiple levels of gear depending on your trip. There's a gear divider that separates the main compartment if needed and is also completely removable.
The lid has 2 pockets 1 large main pouch and a smaller sub-pouch. They can hold quite a bit of gear in their own right. 2 side pockets run the length of the pack and can expand quite a bit. 2 more elastic pockets begin where they end. At the base of the pack where the waist strap attaches 2 mesh pockets tuck away when not needed into their own pouches that are barely noticeable when not in use.
The TORSO fit system is a great feature. It allows the pack to be adjusted to the height of the wearer. A good friend of mine has this same pack. He's shorter by a fair bit but it doesn't matter because the packs straps are adjusted to fit his height. A great feature.
There's a sub-pack that hooks onto the outside of the pack and can be carried independently if needed. I use it for my first aid kit, water purification, snacks, TP, etc. things I need or may need in a hurry.
There's an internal space for a Camelbak bladder and an outlet for the hose to turn it into a hydration pack if needed.
I have carried this pack in all weather and temperatures we have in our province and it was come through smiling. In 3 years of good hard use it has only 2 rub marks on the waist strap and some dirt marks that just give it that "lived out of" look.
It's a great pack and I highly recommend it.
Design: External "crossbow" frame
Size: 4500 cubic inch
Number of Pockets: 10
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2''
Price Paid: 245$