Reviewed by Coastal Trekker from Port Townsend, WA on Saturday, August 25, 2012
I just returned from a 3 day backpacking trip on the Washington coast using this new pack. It is a well-constructed, durable, and attractive backpack. I could fit everything I needed inside, but I found that the straps pressed painfully on my shoulders if I loaded it with more than about 20 lbs. Once I lightened the weight of my gear I was a happy hiker. I am 5'1", and it is quite possible this pack is more suited to a taller person. I met another woman on the trail carrying the same pack and she said she LOVES it. I recommend this product if you are traveling light; otherwise I would buy a backpack with a more substantial frame.
Reviewed by Hiker Mom from Elkton, MD on Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Really thought this was the one. Size spot on and the lid is removable ++. Design is simple only side pockets. I planned to use it without the lid to have even lighter pack. When loaded and testing out it hung off my back somewhat leaving not a lot of back contact which I thought would be cool and non-sweaty, but concerned about shoulder strap load. There is a thick bulging lumbar pad that hit my back with enough pressure to hurt. I returned it and kept searching. Give this pack a try, maybe the lumbar will be fine for you, if so it's a winner!
Best Uses: Backpacking, Extended Hikes, Heavy Loads, Light Loads
Describe Yourself: Casual Adventurer
Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Load, Good Suspension, Large Capacity, Lightweight
Reviewed by CaminoCalling from OH on Thursday, May 31, 2012
Plan to walk 800 mile approx 40 days GOd willing, looking for lightest, roomiest, stable bag. I am only 5'1 with a smaller back and femme curves.
This bag truly is very light and roomy with out all the extra pockets & gimmicks(added weight). The colors and fabric are fun & femme. The small size was just right. This is a great light bag for camping or travel where you will not be hiking/standing for hours and hours everyday for 40 days Or if you dont need the extra back support (I am busty & short).This bag may be for you, it is uniquely light, roomy & attractive.
My concern is less stability and comfort with Straps & lumbar - especially when compared to weightier Gregory Jade 50. THe Lowe is by far roomier and lighter. The Greg Jade belt & straps are far more comfortable, padded, wide & feel stable. The Jade is still fairly light, but still weightier then Lowe. My concern is that the Lowe Alpine straps will rub/chaff and they sit awkwardly close and near neck/collar bone. I really wanted the light & roomy Lowe Alpine to work.
Since I have never walked this many miles or for such a long time- comfort is essential but so is a light weight packed bag. I am going to try the Jade one size up in a small. And maybe try a golite.