Lowe Alpine Walkabout 35
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The ventilated back gives comfort through breathability & a body-shaped harness with padded waistbelt for carrying comfort Integrated side pockets give a clean profile with extra capacity when needed 2 lid pockets & front mesh pocket for secure storage Hydration system compatible Ice axe & trekking pole attachment points plus stowaway raincover
Lowe Alpine Walkabout 35 Reviews
Reviewed by Richard Drew (Kent UK) on 2006-01-13:
General comments: I've been using Lowe Alpine sacks for about fifteen years, and my first sack is still going strong. Day sacks don't tend to last quite as long as the larger packs, as they tend to get far more use and abuse. Having said that whilst I've discarded several other manufacturers day sacks through failure I've only ever discarded Lowe Alpine sacks through them getting tatty after a lot of use or a new design has come along.
The Walkabout 35 is, apart from a smaller pack I use for commuting, my most used pack. It's large enough for a weekends walking if I've got accommodation, yet not too bulky for just a days walk.
The design is fairly traditional with side pockets that are large enough to hold waterproof over-trousers and other items that need to be easily accessible. The back system, whilst not completely preventing 'sweaty back' in warm weather does substantially reduce it. The harness is well-shaped and comfortable even under heavy loads, and the padded waist belt is well positioned and comfortable. Fabric is tough, and construction quality first rate. Nice touches include a high visibility toggle on the closure and tab on the inside zipped pocket. A hydration port is available for those that use bladders. The mesh pocket will happily hold a large folded wet waterproof. The only minor niggle is the top could do with being a fraction larger to facilitate easier closure when very full.
The sack is extremely comfortable and stable both laden and unladen, and is probably the most comfortable I've worn. Highly recommended.
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Pros: Superb quality. Extremely comfortable.
Cons: Lid a litle tight fitting.
Reviewed by Justin Maxwell (Edinburgh) on 2006-01-20:
General comments: I've used the Lowe Alpine Walkabout 35 since it was called the 37, 5 years ago. It is a highly durable and versatile sack. Will do for the weekend if hostelling, and while on the large side for a day sack it will do there as well, especially in winter or if carrying for two or a small family. I used to use it to carry my wife's kit as well, while she wore the bum bag (and sometimes took the sack a while). The shoulder / hip padding and back system make it very comfortable, though I find the back's a little long for me (5'10"). Having an internal framesheet the Walkabout 35 is a touch on the heavy side (1.5kg). The lid pocket's a tight fit for the dimensions of an OS map & case, but with patience it will go. First aid kit, camera, etc. can also fit in the lid. The sack could do with side compression straps, as at 35l it's likely to be half full sometimes. Side pockets have apparently been revised to create a slimmer profile, which is probably an improvement as on the older model it only made sense to fill the side compartments as they were going to stick out anyway. As it was, I traversed the Aonach Eagach and the CMD with the older model and had few problems. The front mesh pocket is useful for wet waterproofs, etc. but unreliable for anything heavy - I once lost a tea flask that I had assumed to be secure. There is one point on which the Walkabout (and Lowe Alpine sacks in general) wins on all counts - durability. Once, descending from Bidean nam Bian (my first Munro) by an ill-advised and nearly suicidal 'route' I took the sack off and watched it disappear at speed over a cliff...and found it, after some trouble, undamaged at the foot of the broken slope - it had fallen and tumbled about 400 feet. A burst zip was repaired on the spot and we counted lucky stars. That rucksack was subsequently stolen during a robbery, and liking it enough, I got a second one. Having gone over to lightweight frameless sacks for summer use, I still use the Walkabout 35 for Scottish winter walking, its durability being a prime consideration. Comment on this review...
Pros: Durable enough to survive a long fall (in my experience), stable even when 1/2 full thanks to frame sheet, ventilating back, padded shoulder straps and hip belt, attachment loops for poles as well as an ice axe.
Cons: No side compression, lid pocket's on the small side, heavy for a daysack, small for a weekand sack, mesh front pocket not as secure as shock cording.
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