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Carry tons of stuff.
As its name suggests, the Lowe Alpine Expedition Backpack is suitable for hauling loads of stuff into the backcountry and does so while providing you carrying comfort and fit versatility. With a max load at around 70 pounds you can over-pack to your heart’s desire and laugh while you ask for help putting your pack back on.
- The TFX 10 system allows for a custom fit with adjustable lumbar pad and back length; fits torsos 17-22 inches
- The hipbelt and shoulder straps distribute weight evenly with the AdaptiveFit system
- Cushy hip-belt padding can be slipped off if you need to strap on a climbing harness when the going gets tricky
- Torso Motion system allows the frame and hipbelt to react relative to your spine offering more mobility
- Molded Noggin Notch gives you room to naturally move your head without bumping into gear
- TriShield Grid fabric offers a high strength-to-weight ratio and sleek, ziperless main body design is strong and lightweight
- Multiple external attachment options, including compression strap extenders, many strong lash points, bungee fasteners, ice axe carry, and ski carry system
- Integrated hydration sleeve lets you add your own reservoir
- Extendible lid accommodates another 1200cu in and includes internal security pocket with SOS emergency directions printed on it
- Two load-lifting handles make it easy for your buddy to help you get the pack on
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Dear owners of this pack,
Dear owners of this pack,
Please advise exact weight of pack and if you experienced problem with belt, sliping under heavy loads. I found some feedbacks that weight of the pack is abt 7-8oz more than stated.
That review on Trailspace did seem a little strange. Apprently that buyer had the only over weighted pack in existence. Nonetheless I did double check with Lowe Alpine and their weight specs are 2.28kg / 5lb and (Min 1.79kg / 3lb 15oz) for the stripped down weight.
Lowe Alpine is quite seriuos and respected manufacturer, my own pack weights exectly as per specs on website, but they do have some misprints on their site, so I admit they could mess a bit with weight of the pack in topic.
For example, load zone for TFX APPALACHIAN 65:85 is showed 25-30kg^.
but actually pack has TFX-6 back system ( 20-25kg ).
But if they reconfirmed proper weight is 2.28kilos that is good.
As for the issue with belt I hardly can imagine that fact, when look at TFX-10, frame is inserted into the belt, excluding any slipping.
Finally bought this pack. Checked the weight on my scales, indeed pack is heavier than stated by manufacturer. With top lid off, and light belt weight is 1.82kg, with padded belt and top lid on - 2.41kg on my scales (instead of 2.25kilos as advertised).
loop extenders 3pcs - 50 grams,
top lid - 190 gr,
light (alpinist style) belt - 160gr,
padded belt - 560gr,
frame and harness - 580gr,
pack body - 1080gr.
There is no rain cover, the fabric looks like dyneema, but manufacturer name it Trishield Grid, claiming it as their most durable fabric. It is heavier than the fabric on Lowe Alpine Cerro-Torre and it is more robust. Overall I like it, there is no extra options which I have to carry on my back, only nice frame and robust and light (it is light for it's carrying ability) and spacious backpack.
Also, there are no belt pockets, and this is good, because their regular pockets are not made of hard and light dyneema. I would advise you check mountainloureldesigns.com, who produce belt pockets made of Dyneema X, which is almost of same color and look and weight abt 70grams for two. I found them to fit well on this pack and look good. Earlier I used them with many other packs. It is a must have addition to this particular pack imho. It is not advertisement, just an advise.
Hey there. Can someone offer me a comparison...
Hey there. Can someone offer me a comparison (from experience) between the shorter, fatter profile of this pack and a taller, narrower pack - say like the appalachian...especially under heavier loads, are there benefits, downsides to this?
Hi, it all depends on how you load the pack, when center of mass is more close to your body, then the better stability you have - main principle here, but not the only one.
No Sleeping Bag Compartment
In the specs on this page it list the pack as having a sleeping bag compartment. It does not have one. Other than that the pack is very comfortable. I have a deuter act lite 65 +10 and this has a similar comfortable feel while hiking. I am 6ft 160 pounds, skinny with a narrow frame. Also, the minimalist waist belt is great for wearing with a harness. The full sized padded belt tends to push my alpine bod harness uncomfortably into the sides of my waist.
I am looking for a pack able to handle a...
I am looking for a pack able to handle a downpoor but not looking to spend $600 on a pack. Is this one waterproof? or at least mostly waterproof? I read the spec.s and couldnt find it. thanks!
I researched this pack a while back and I could not find any information that it is waterproof so I am thinking it is not. Most packs are not waterproof.
You could buy yourself a $30 cover and keep it fairly dry.
I've never found a pack to be totally waterproof even the $600 ones. Eventually water will find it's way inside during a sustained downpour. The best insurance against this is a rain cover. If it's any consolation to you, some pack cloths are more water resistant than others like 210D Ripstorm, 100D Invista Ripstop, & 420ACT. The first two are impregnated with silicone and PU coatings, cost much more, & arguably increase overall pack weight. My suggestion would also be to purchase a suitable rain cover & get a less expensive, lighter weight pack that would still suit your needs.
This pack is not waterproof. I have Lowe Alpine TFX Cerro Torre 55-70 pack, made of similar materials with same frame, but different model, It has nice rain cover, but it didn't cover my pack well from sides when I had a lot of stuff on a side (sleeping pad, tent), so sides were not protected very well, but at same time they didn't soak, looks like dynema is not aborbing water, but seams are weak spots. Also during couple hours of walking under rain shower I found that water gets into pack from backpanel side, and raincover can't help this. I think it is common problem for all packs protected from rain by raincover only.
On the other side if you want fully watertight pack, it will cost you much more dollars at penalty of increased weight. If that is ok for you, look at Arc'terix Naos pack.
I would prefer to seal seams inside to make it more resistant to water, and put all my stuff packed in individual watertight bags, (which also help easy sorting/finding of items in the pack) in one large watertight liner, it is not a problem to find light and cheap one and use it when it is needed .
I am looking for the closest replacement...
I am looking for the closest replacement for the Contour IV. Is this? I would love to buy the older model IV if it was still around!
I'll sell you my contour IV that I've used twice back packing; it's like new. Larry n. olson 503 234 5288
TFX10 on Mt. Logan (Spring 2010)
An enormous capacity pack was what I needed for this expedition. After hard day of pulling my duffel it was easy to put duffel in, strap Crazy Carpet and ski back to the lower camp. Amazing pack. There is a handle on the pack, for your partner to lift it and assist you. Padded belt helped to easier handle heavy load. Belt is removable and I now (for long summer hikes) have my tiny belt assembled. Very lightweight and durable pack. Love it!