While the other duffels in this test are relatively straightforward affairs, this multi-function bag is a combined rucksack / carryall with enough hidden compartments, nets and storage spaces to house Jason Bourne’s passport collection. This versatility – combined with a total 70 litres of space available – makes the Lowe Alpine Travel Trekker II 70 a viable option for a lightweight trekking holiday without the need for alterative luggage.
At 3kg it is the heaviest bag on test, but it’s also a fully functioning rucksack that comes with shoulder straps, comprehensive adjustable hip support and a fully adjustable 40-58cm back support. Best of all, these features are quietly hidden behind a zippable cover that fully protects and shields the supports when not in use, making it appear no different to a standard duffel. Meanwhile, on the opposing side a fully securable series of fabric panels allows you to attach a day pack when not in use. A full-length shoulder strap runs the length of the bag too.
There are adjustable clasps at all four corners, allowing you to tighten and secure the storage space fully, regardless of how little or how much of the total capacity is in use. There’s also a full rain cover contained in a handy pouch at the top of the bag, and netted areas for dirty shoes or other gear.
Overall the Lowe Alpine Travel Trekker II 70 is an extremely intricately designed bag that comes with more compartments than all the other duffels on test combined. At £170 it’s not cheap, but it remains ideal for gap-year trekking holidays or any environment where travelling with as few bags as possible is necessary.
Material 630d nylon, 1680d poly ballistic
Capacity 70 litres
The Lowe Alpine Travel Trekker II 70 is best multi-purpose duffel we looked at.
Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine April 2012