For any vertical endeavor.
Big ski descents in the spring, mid-winter mountaineering, or trad climbing come summer; however you get down (or up), the Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35:45 Backpack will carry the gear you need to reach the summit, and the valley, safely. Its design puts a premium on versatility, so the Mountain Attack is home to rope straps, crampon attachments, gear loops, and large ski holders, while the front is fitted with Lowe Alpine's HeadLocker ice axe clips, which are specifically designed to secure modern low-profile ice tools. Both the frame and hip belt can be removed when you're climbing with the pack on, and the lid can be heightened to make room for extra gear when your route requires it. Lowe Alpine used its TriShield Grid fabric to keep the pack light but durable enough to withstand heavy wear from rock and ice, and it made all the zippers large for easy use when you're sporting heavily insulated gloves and mittens.
- AdaptiveFit shoulder straps
- Channeled Spacer Mesh back panel
- Removable frame and hip belt
- TriShield Grid fabric
- Top and side pockets
- Side compression straps
- Under lid rope and crampon strap
- Gear loops on hip belt
- Wand pockets
- A-frame ski carry
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Super tough bag with easy rope carry.
Holds all the stuff- I can put snowshoes, skis + boots, harness, crampons, climbing gear, rope, and ice tools on the bag all at the same time.
Expands large enough for big days or overnights, but cinches down tight and streamlined for smaller adventures. Perfect amount of pockets, just enough support from the plastic framesheet without being annoying. Easy to wear with a harness (with waistbelt tied back). Comfortable + simple shoulder and waist straps.
The load locker buckle for the pack brain is very nice, this is one of the first bags I've seen with that feature. The retention clips for ice axe handles is not that easy to use, though, I'd prefer just some shock cord + drawstrings, but I get that this design is probably more solid.
Really outstanding bang for your buck here, highly recommend.