It's not just about the summit.
You could get up before dawn, sprint up and down the mountain, and be back to your car before dark, but you're probably not giving yourself much time to enjoy the views or the solitude, so why bother? When you'd rather take your time, find a nice camp above treeline, and give yourself a chance to enjoy the summit views, then load up the Lowe Alpine Women's Cholatse ND 35 Backpack with all the gear you need for an overnight peak bagging mission.
As the smallest pack in the Cholatse line, the ND 35 is ideal for overnight summit bids and quick weekend backpacking trips. She may be small, but she still houses all of the easy-carrying features of her larger gear-hauling sisters, like the women's-specific Air Mesh back panel that allows cooling air to pass between your back and the pack. The Cholatse also features soft contact mesh at the hips and shoulders to keep those areas weight-bearing zones as comfortable as possible. The main compartment can be accessed from either the top or front of the pack, so you don't have to pull everything out just to grab an extra layer buried in the bottom, and there's a bottom sleeping bag compartment that adds a modicum of organization to the main compartment. An integrated rain cover can be quickly pulled over the pack when you encounter afternoon showers, and a hydration sleeve gives you a spot to throw in a reservoir for easy access to water while you hike.
- Adjustable back length
- Women's specific Air Mesh back panel
- Top and front panel access
- N210D Triple Hexa ripstop fabric
- Integrated rain cover
- Hydration compatible
- Internal divider and sleeping bag compartment
- Top, side, and hip pockets
- Trekking pole and ice axe carry loops
- Item #LWA001H
- Q & A
Just the pack
So far... Lovin it
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After getting a Lowe Alpine ND 14 and loving it, and needing to replace a 36L pack that was starting to fade I decided to get the Lowe Alpine Cholaste ND 35. Got it in purple, which is a pretty pale purple color.
This pack has some great features for a smaller liter pack.
The sleeping bag compartment - Was able to pack in all my clothes for the weekend, with ample room remaining. A small detail here is that the zipper is not just a flat standard zipper but has a good pull that allows you to easily grab it and open in instead of looking for the zipper. (I usually don't use these compartments for sleeping bags because I prefer to carry my bag vertically in the center of the main compartment.)
The front of the pack features a zip pocket in place of the standard stretchy kangaroo pouch. I preferred this as it made me feel my items were more secure from falling out or any kind of weather. I stuffed it with headlamp, Moji lantern and portable battery charger but could’ve easily fit more in. Below that are straps that unclip to allow for attachment of a sleep pad or other gear (see pic).
There are two methods to access the main compartment… under the lid or duffel style. There’s an extendable collar to the main compartment, which allows you really stuff the pack if you so chose. Lid pocket is a good size, easy access and features a security pocket on the inside.
The pack material seems tough and durable and I think it’ll go the distance. The outside of the pack got a little wet and the water seemed to bead up. It does come with an integrated rain cover, which I love because then the rain cover doesn’t every get forgotten and it fits perfectly.
The padding on the hip belt, back and shoulders is very comfortable and isn’t stiff like on some packs that feature this kind of padding.
UPDATE: This pack has become my go-to backpacking pack. It's very comfortable and you can squeeze quite a bit of gear in there for an overnighter. Put in about 150+ miles with it. Love it!
I am looking to replace my lowe alpine backpack from 2003 (assuming with new technology much lighter weight). One thing I like about my old pack is the top comes off and become a day pack (pany pack with waist belt). Does this pack do that too?