Lowe Alpine Skyline 65
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With the ergonomic harness ensuring a comfortable fit, the Skyline 65 is perfect for shorter trips or Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
Lowe Alpine Skyline 65 Reviews
Reviewed by Richard Drew (Faversham, Kent) on 2006-05-24:
General comments: In price terms this is an entry level larger sack. At first glance the sack doesn't seem to miss out on any of the features of the dearer Lowe Alpine sacks. It's got all the essentials (and more) : very tough fabric, and general construction quality, zipped bottom access pocket with unzippable internal shelf, wand pockets that will take poles etc. (these do reduce risk of losing poles, over straps alone, but can only really be used if the side pockets remain empty), slimline expanding bellows side pockets, compression straps, internal lid pocket, external lid pocket, ice axe attachment point etc. etc. So the question is why is this such a comparatively cheap sack? The only point I found was that it uses a les complex back system. Rather than the almost infinitely adjustable torso fit system, used on the dearer sacks, adjustment options are more rudimentary. Is this a problem? For me no - the range of adjustment suits me fine, but if you're particularly short or exceptionally tall you might want to look at other packs. And if the sizing suits you, you have the benefit of not carrying the extra weight of an adjustable system and it has even less chance of failing.
I found this to be an exceptionally comfortable sack, with a good hip-belt and everything I needed. It's also built to Lowe Alpine's usual high standards.
For anyone wanting a largish sack at a good price, whether you're a first time walker or a more experienced adventurer you'd be be a fool not to see whether this fits you.
Pros: Build quality is superb.
Everything you need in a sack of this size.
Cons: Not as adjustable as some.
Reviewed by Sam (South West) on 2006-06-01:
General comments: This bag is top notch. As mentioned by the other reviewer, it is one of the cheaper LA bags, but not for lack of quality and not notably different in any significant way. Indeed the simplicity of this bag is one of its selling points. The bags construction is very sturdy with strong seams and material, it does not easily rip and even when punctured, the rip does not propagate. It has large internal and external hood pockets and equally large side bellow pockets. These are of size to easily fit a 2ltr platypus or camelbac into. The main compartment can be separated into two via the zipped material ¾ of the way down. This would allow the bottom section of the bag (which has its own external zip as well) to be totally separate from the upper contents.
The bag has two side compression strap on each side and also two from the top hood and two from the base of the bag, in this way is can very effectively be worn a makeshift day sack if you are say leaving a lot of kit in a hut or bothie, without sacrificing balance fit and comfort.
It is comfort that really makes the bag for me though, I have a long back and the padding and positioning of the support in this pack is superb, it really is very comfortable. It does not have the largest range of adjustments, but seems perfect for me and my friends who have tried the bag. It can be a little hot and is quite heavy but well worth it for comfort alone.
Pros: Back padding system, price, durability and back padding system (yes it is that good)
Cons: Quite hot on the back, not the lighest of bags but still does the job.