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Lowe Alpine Cholatse II 55:65 (2014)

£100.00

Lowe Alpine has always made great packs, and the Cholatse II 55:65 is no exception. But what is a surprise is the cost, as at £100 this sack is offering all the features and performance of packs much higher up the price scale. The back system has an air vent channel set between two vertical padded areas. The back also ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Lowe Alpine Triplepoint Pant (2014)

£80.00

Using Lowe Alpine’s well-established Triplepoint Ceramic fabric, these trousers offer top-level waterproofness and breathability at a good price. They have a mesh lining as well to mask any condensation and improve comfort. That lining does mean you need more care when putting them on, though, as it tends to snag more than unlined alternatives. In terms of design you get ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Yocton 35 (2014)

£70.00

Lowe Alpine returned in 2013 with the Yocton range, and it’s a strong rebirth for a brand so associated with the rucksack. The Yocton 35 doesn’t try to do anything radical, though its back system is an interesting thicket of springy cord mesh that manages to be supportive while retaining airflow. The rest of the sack’s features are fairly conventional ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Osprey Talon 33 (2014)

£85.00

Once something of a ‘Marmite’ brand due to a strappy, fussy aesthetic many view as over-complex, Osprey is now one of the most popular rucksack makes out there due to its combination of advanced weight-distribution design, light weight, contemporary look and a well-thought-out feature set. The Talon 33 was updated for 2014 and is fast becoming a modern classic. Key ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Yocton 35 (2014)

£70.00

A great-looking, slimline pack with robust face fabric, devoted to moving light and fast rather than with all mod cons. There’s no rain cover, for one thing. Nothing is chunky here; the shoulder straps are narrow with very minimal padding, and the attachment and compression straps are also slim and lightweight, as are the clips which connect them. It sits ...

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Lowe Alpine Talon Glove (2013)

£55.00

Due to changes in ownership Lowe Alpine have been a brand that have been sitting on the sidelines for a couple of years, but the Talon Glove marks a welcomed return of this brand to the outdoors. The glove has leather on the palm and back of the fingers, with some stretch material on the back of the head. This ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Sirocco Pant 2013 (2013)

£80.00

Lowe Alpine clothing has been conspicuous by its absence in recent years, but the brand has a new collection hitting the stores this autumn. The Sirocco Pant is made from Stormweave fabric, which has four-way stretch and feels nice against the skin while being wind- and water-resistant, and durable enough to withstand rubbing your knees on rocks when scrambling. It’s ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Yocton 25 (2013)

£60.00

Designed for activities such as hiking, biking, climbing and running, the main fabric used in the Lowe Alpine Yocton 25 is TriShield, which has a silicone treatment to increase abrasion resistance and tear strength, so it should be more durable than most packs. The back panel is stiff enough to prevent items from digging into you, while Airflow mesh helps ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Lowe Alpine Alpine Attack 45:55 (2012)

£140.00

As the name suggests, the Lowe Alpine Alpine Attack 45:55 is very much directed toward the mountaineering end of the spectrum, but it is also great for more technical hillwalks, scrambles and winter mountain walking. It uses a new material that is more durable than previous Lowe Alpine fabrics and so it should withstand scrapes on rock better than most. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 (2012)

£60.00

Weighing in at just 410g, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 is incredibly light for its 28 litre capacity and yet it is also very well-priced compared to other sacks in our test. Not only that, but it is also a touch more comfortable than other sacks as there is a full covering of foam and mesh across the back panel, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Nanon ND 50:60 (2012)

£135.00

Though the Lowe Alpine Nanon ND 50:60 only has a single main compartment (as opposed to two) it certainly makes up for it with a massive front section that can take a whole wedge of extra kit if required. With two stretchy side panels and adjustable straps to make it go even further, it’s the perfect space to cram your ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 35+10 (2011)

£100.00

This is an excellent, technical pack with lots of features common to larger packs. In fact it will work well for overnight trips too, with its expandable 10 litres of extra capacity. The floating lid can be adjusted to hold more in the main compartment, and there are plenty of compression straps to expand or contract the pack as necessary. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro ND35 (2011)

£100.00

A classic walking pack that’s durable, comfortable, and carries loads with ease. There’s slightly less room in the main compartment than some, but there’s a large expansion pocket on the front (perfect for carrying waterproofs), and a really useful zip pocket for storing kit you want quick access to. The lid pockets are on the small side, though. It’s got ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Lowe Alpine Nanon 40:45 2011

£140.00

The Lowe Alpine Nanon 40:45 weighs in at just 1320g but it’s packed with more features than most rucksacks here. It even has an adjustable backlength, so the same rucksack can be adapted to fit a wider range of people. The Nanon 40:45 also gets an exceptionally good hipbelt that’s designed to fit a variety of body shapes. This all ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Airzone Active ND25

£60.00

A fantastic walking pack that’s the perfect size for summer day-walks. The zip-access main compartment is pretty big for a pack of this size, and there are plenty of pockets for storing items you’ll need access to quickly. It’s got a lightweight, women-specific harness with just the right amount of padding for carrying small loads. It’s hard to fault the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Kullu

£60.00

A super-soft and warm fleece that fits like a glove. It has got a lovely high, thick collar that traps lots of warm air and feels great to bury your face into; and elastic cord on the hem to fine-tune the fit. The soft elastic cuffs pull up easily, and it has two decent-sized zipped pockets. It’s made from recycled ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 2011

£60.00

The smallest, lightest pack on test, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 is part of a new range from Lowe Alpine designed primarily for mountain marathons. However, its low weight, cost and size make it viable for those who need a multi-activity day pack but don’t want to break the bank. DesignThough the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 is the smallest pack ...

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Lowe Alpine Airzone ND32

£65.00

Although designed for women, it is best-suited to more petite ladies, with its shorter back and overall shape. The shoulder straps are a lot thinner than those on the men’s variant and can dig in when the pack is loaded. The hip straps are great, with the split design helping to grip. The back system is excellent, with its light ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Polar 2011

£120.00

The Lowe Alpine Polar has a recycled polyester outer; 650 fill power 80/20 down; two zipped hip pockets; zipped internal pocket.  But 810g (men’s XL) is heavy; no hood; not as warm as others; no adjustment at cuffs.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Lowe Alpine Storm

£140.00

A nicely styled jacket made from Lowe Alpine’s own Triplepoint XC fabric. The fairly roomy cut covers the hips easily and there’s a high collar to bury your face into in bad weather. It’s mesh-lined throughout, which adds weight and bulk, but improves breathability and offers some insulation too. The hood is excellent – nice and big, with a full ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Omni Lite

£80.00

A classic soft shell, the Omni Lite delivers top-class performance in a stripped-back design. There aren’t too many pockets or fussy details to get in the way of the fabric’s great breathability and windproofing. Pound for pound it’s one of the best-performing fabrics out there – definitely one of the stretchiest and a strong contender for lightest. The weatherproofing feels ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Velocity 2010

£90.00

The Velocity multi-activity jacket makes use of Lowe Alpine 2.5-layer Triplepoint fabric, which is rated as very waterproof and very breathable. The style is short, which is ideal for running and biking, while the double stormflap over the front zip helps to lock out driving rain – and this is a feature that very few jackets have these days. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Storm 2010

£140.00

The Lowe Alpine Storm general-purpose jacket weighs 672g (size M); 2-layer Triplepoint XC with mesh lining; two hip and two chest pockets; map pocket under main zip stormflap; main zip gets double stormflap; hood with wired peak rolls to collar; longer body than some. But pricier fabrics offer better performance; mesh pockets can allow leakage; hood movement is not quite ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Lowe Alpine Omega Pant 2010

£60.00

Here’s a versatile pair of waterproof trousers made from Lowe Alpine’s own brand of waterproof and breathable fabric. The Omega Pant has a mix of good features for the hill-walker that could make them ideal for general outdoor use when hiking, backpacking and hill-walking. DesignThe Lowe Alpine Omega Pant is mesh-lined from the waist down with polyester lining in the ...

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Lowe Alpine AirZone 35 2010

£60.00

At 1160g, the AirZone 35 is Lowe Alpine’s best-selling technical day pack, featuring a ventilated back system, built-in rain cover, ice axe loop and side water bottle holder, plus it’s hydration-compatible and very comfy. There’s little to fault this pack, if you like this kind of back system Stockists – tel. (01539) 740840; www.lowealpine.com

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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