Lowe Alpine AirZone ND32 2009

The Lowe Alpine AirZone ND32 rucksack weighs just 997g; very short back; lid has top and underside zip pockets; large zip front pocket; 2 Sigg-bottle-sized mesh pockets; daisy chain loops; left side pole or ice axe loop; reinforced base; orange rain cover in base; well-vented back. But small lid; tested capacity is 4 litres undersized at 28 litres; it could be hard to fit all your summer kit inside; hipbelt stitching reduces comfort at hip bone area.

Lowe Alpine – tel. (01539) 740840; www.lowealpine.com

Verdict: The Lowe Alpine AirZone ND32 is a fine, well-vented but small-volume rucksack for small ladies.

First published in Trail magazine July 2009