Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 40
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Lightweight Load Locker buckle for rapid single buckle closure Padded Air Zone back system gives superb ventilation Collar cut harness Removable waist belt with gear loops Tuck away narrow web belt for use once the hip belt is removed. Web Catcher buckles for quick ski attachment. Twin daisy-chains for external gear carrying. Spindrift Weatherlock Collar. Dual daisy chains. Wand pockets for tent/ski/trekking poles. Hydration system compatible
Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 40 Reviews
Reviewed by David Bell (UK) on 2005-12-28:
General comments: I chose this rucsac because my climbing partner reckons his Lowe rucsac (obselete model) is the best he has had, and I thought it was suitable for winter climbing
Pros: Hydration pocket works well and top pocket is easy to access (though the "waterproof" zip is not waterproof
Cons: Far too many features on the rucsac which might help it sell from the shop but when the sac is half full it becomes a mass of straps and buckles. I have removed some of these features but oters are integral to the sacs design. The most annoying feature is that the top of the main compartment (above the main draw cord) is cut too small and made of thin material so when you open the sac to stuff something in, especially something large and wet like a jacket, it drags the fabric from the top of the rucsac into the body. Of course, I can then pull the fabric back out but it is really annoying. Also the fabric is already delaminating in this area because of the constant "scrunching" it is subjected to.
The shoulder straps are OK most of te time in dry weather/on top of a fleece but in foul weather when descending with a full rucsac they frequently drift off one or other shoulder - I do not normally wear the chest strapbut I have to put it on to stop this happening, this is the only rucsac I have had this problem with
Reviewed by Ian McC (Scotland) on 2006-03-12:
General comments: This sack seems to be aimed at the market for all-round rucksacks suitable for cragging, mountaineering, and winter climbing. Has a high spec. in terms of features, but tends to fall down on a number of counts.
Pros: I bought this rucksack in a sale in spring 2005 to replace my aged Karrimor Hot Route, which has been my workhorse all-purpose sack for many years. First impressions in the shop were good: for the size of sack there is a lot of usable space in the simple, single-compartment design. The sack features a single metal buckle attachment point, and there are twin compression straps, ice-axe loops daisy-chains and ski slots. There is a voluminous snow-valance, and a rope retainer strap under the adjustable lid. There is a single zip lid compartment, and an internal zip pocket. The sack is compatible with platypus or other hydration systems. The removable padded belt allows the sack to be “stripped down” for mountaineering.
Cons: Despite the air- circulation system of padding, the sack is not nearly as comfortable as its predecessor when overloaded for trips to alpine huts, camping weekends, or even simply carrying a full winter climbing rack. The shoulder straps tend to drift off the shoulders unless the chest strap is done up, even carrying light loads. There is no drawcord around the top of the main body of the sack, meaning that the snow valance has to be tucked into the main body when the sack is not full. The attachment system for axes/poles is incorporated into the compression strap system and is “fiddly”, particularly when the sack is not full. The lid has no reinforced section, nor straps for crampons. The nylon webbing of the buckle fixing is already showing signs of wear.
A reasonable rucksack, but the design features are more impressive in the shop than on the hill.
Reviewed by Rich L (Aberdeen) on 2006-04-23:
General comments: I love this bag! Having tried several other rucsacs, including a long trial of the Macpac Pursuit, I tried this bag on in the shop and was converted. It just felt very comfortable on. I am going to stick my neck out and say that this is because the fabric on this bag is more supple and the simple back system allows it to form to you back, rather than be like a huge exo-skeleton like the pursuit. Perhaps the fabric is not as strong as some others, but ask yourself the question, when was the last time that you actually wore out a rucsac? I haven’t in 20 years of hard climbing and walking. Usually you get fed up and buy a newer better one. Anyway, the buckle, made apparently by DMM, is hot forged aluminium so that should still be with me even if the bag has worn away. It is a logical and simple bag without to many frills to get in the way. There are nice touches like bright coloured toggle closures and insulated zip pulls etc… The main compartment will take a winter days climbing kit or a weekend of backpacking kit with ease. The only drawback is that the lid is a bit floppy if the bag isn’t full and the lid pocket is. Otherwise spot on.
Pros: Light is right, nice buckles
Cons: hood a bit floppy when not loaded
Reviewed by Roger K (London) on 2006-06-13:
General comments: Purchased my Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 40 as a replacement to an aging although still functional Lowe Alpine Snow Peak 50. It was a similar size and had similar features to the previous sack, including the single lid closure, although felt much lighter and had a better back contact area. I’ve worked it hard for the past six months, jamming it full when going ice climbing and having it only half full when hill walking. It’s very comfortable with a good waist belt and chest strap (which I always wear on any ruck sack). I am really pleased with it and would only level two criticisms at it: firstly, grey might be the in colour on the cat walk or for a city suit so please keep outdoor gear in nice bright red, blue, orange, etc. Secondly, the large top pocket combined with the soft fabric and single buckle do allow the lid to swing about. I believe this could be prevented with double buckles but I just tuck the lid inside the main pack and pull the draw cord tight. The lack of crampon pouch, patch or lid straps is a bit annoying, as it can be quite a bonus if walking into a hut fully laden. I have considered taking the hot gun to the lid to chop it off, leaving me with a light and comfortable climbing pack. Recommended.
Pros: Light weight. Comfortable harness system. Handy ski/treking pole attachment.
Cons: Floppy lid. No crampon patch. Colour.