Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre 65+20

This classic backpacking rucksack, which comes in men’s and women’s styles, is now updated with a new lightweight body fabric and an uprated version of the APS7 back system with improved body-contact fabrics and construction. The back system is easy to adjust, and very comfortable and stable. The body is based around two main compartments. Unusually, the latest version included a front panel that opens for access to the main compartment. You get side compression straps with quick-release buckles and there are wand pockets too, so stowing tent poles, trekking poles or French bread is easy. A neat addition is a mesh water bottle holder. The lid gets internal and external pockets and it can be raised from the pack to allow overstuffing of the main compartment, while a large snow-lock keeps the worst of the weather out of the main compartment. This is ideal for most backpackers, particularly if you like the idea of that front entry panel. But the front access to the main compartment is not particularly an advantage, or at least not in the UK where rain means most ‘sacks leak easily, making waterproof liners essential. Lids that aren’t linked to the main body of the ‘sack inevitably mean water getting into the main compartment. There are no side pockets, either and it’s a relatively heavy ‘sack.

 

Capacity: 65 +20 litres
Fabric: 330 denier honeycomb ripstop nylon, 600 denier texturised polyester
Features: adjustable APS7 back system; twin main compartments; lid with 2 pockets; quick-release side compression straps; wand pockets; hydration system-compatible; ice axe/trekking pole loops; zip-out front panel for access to main compartment; rain cover; hipbelt water bottle holder
Weight: 2980g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK: England 40; Wales 25; Scotland 15; Ireland 10

Verdict: Buy it if you like the idea of a ‘sack without side pockets but with a lid that can be raised and front access to the main compartment.