Lowe Alpine TFX Summit 65+15
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A luxury pack from Lowe Alpine that oozes quality craftmanship, the TFX Summit 65 + 15 is excellent and comfortable. It sports a great variety of frills, but most of all it's a great way to carry heavy loads.
The Torso Fit eXpedition (TFX) back system is sturdy and well-padded. It offers a degree of flexibility that is a good compromise between freedom of movement and stability, and you can stabalise it further with a pull of a strap or two. The back system is easily adjusted to fir anything from 40 - 58 cm, and there's a quirky pump-action inflatable pillow in the lumbar pad. The body of the rucksack is streamlined, clean and simple, with zero side pockets but it tries to compensate with a foldawat water bottle holder that is accessible when walking. You do get a monster pocket in the lid, however, which detaches to for a bumbag, and inside there's a small valuables pocket. A rain cover is included in one of the wand pockets.
Lowe Alpine TFX Summit 65+15 Reviews
Reviewed by Ben (UK) on 2009-03-19:
General comments: The biggest problem I had with the Lowe Alpine TFX Summit was overloading: ramming too much into it, and setting off thinking it didn't weigh much. It did. And, after a few miles, I was wondering what I could dump. Although not stricylt the Summit's fault, had it not been so comfy and efficient at transferring weight directly to my legs, I might have been more cautious in the packing. 'Great carry' is an understatement. This is possibly the most comfortable large rucksack around. It's not all good though, because I missed the variety of pockets some other rucksacks have, and found that many small items don't do well in cavernous lids. The wand pockets weren't big enough to accommodate tent poles easily when the bottom compartment was full, and the waistbelt pump worked, but not well enough to convince me it wasn't a gimmick. And I didn't have much call for the detachable bumbag on the hill. Two little design quirks that were appreciated however were the 'Noggin Notch' depression which allows freedom of the head and the haul loop at the front which made lifting the pack easier.
Pros: The Summit 65 + 15 is very comfortable even with heavy loads. This rucksack offers good value for money in comparison to many others of a similar specification.
Cons: The pockets could be better.