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Escape for longer periods of time with a more comfortable hauling system.

Weekends don't feel quite right without at least a dozen miles between you and the nearest road. The expandable Lowe Alpine TFX Appalachian 65:85 Backpack provides plenty of gear space for long weekend trips while its adjustable suspension system ensures a good fit for the journey. A sliding top lid adds 1200 cubic inches of extra space to this 4000cu pack (65L to 85L), so you can extend your stay off the grid or accommodate more clothes during fall or winter backpacking.
  • TFX 6 back panel with its padded, adjustable shoulder straps and waist-belt transfer the load to your legs
  • Adjustable TFX 8 suspension system fits torso size between 17 and 22 inches, and the Noggin Notch ensures your head isn't rubbing against the expanded pack
  • Top cinch (protected by the top lid) and front zipper provides easy access points to your gear while an included rain cover protects it all from showers
  • Bottom zippered sleeping bag compartment lets you get to your bag without emptying your pack, and zip-out divider lets you stuff the pack like a suitcase
  • Hydration sleeve with exit port keeps you drinking and moving all day
  • Dual side bellows pockets, a removable GPS shoulder strap pocket, front bungees, and two side water bottle pockets hold accessories where you can get to them easily
  • Side, bottom, and top lid compression straps reduce dead space and solidify the pack for transport, but also attach additional gear
  • Two tool bungee loops hold ice tools or trekking poles and feature lower attachments to keep your points secure and prevent tears in your pack

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Great Pack for the $$

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

At $215, there can't be a better pack for the money. Rich in features - easily adjustable frame up or down, chest suspension is adjustable up and down, hip suspension is plush and easily adjusted, hydration pack fits sungly in the divider and runs through the port easily w/ a band on the shoulder strap holding the nozzle in place. I dialed in the fit and hiked nine miles with it weighted down, and it literally felt like I had a small day pack on my back. Ascents were no more difficult than they are with my 30L pack, I was ready for nine more, but it got dark.

The _only_ negatives I can think of are the access points, or access point. Only provides top access. Though you can unzip the top of the sleeping bag area and access the pack that way, but no side or bottom dedicated access is a minus. There is plenty of great ways to organize with two side pockets and a top storage area. Another negative is that the straps seem to hang long and loose with no way to tuck them in/prevent them from hanging down...so I used my daughter's Rainbow Loom rubber bands to fold them up.

This review may be in vain, as LA is introducing their '15 line in a month or so, but if you are looking for a great deal on a great pack, this is the one.

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