Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 (2012)

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, so even when the sack is stuffed full it still remains comfy in all body contact areas. That said, the hipbelt strangely lacks foam mesh and so this is not as comfy as other packs. Like many rucksacks you can remove the back padding to strip the weight down further, in this case to 320g. There’s also a pair of water bottle holders on the shoulder straps that you can remove if you don’t like them. The body of the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 is fairly standard with a single buckle lid, a bungee cord and a pair of mesh side pockets. But for me there was one problem with this pack – the shoulder straps were too short*. According to Lowe Alpine this is intentional as the pack is designed to sit higher to allow more freedom in the hips when running; but other sacks designed to sit high usually have more adjustment available. [*Lowe Alpine is going to extend the length of the webbing, following GT’s comments.]

Weight 410g
Capacity 28 litres
Compartments 1
External zipped pockets 1
Wand pocket yes
Hydration pocket yes
Women’s version no
Website www.lowealpine.com


Verdict

The Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 is a lightweight pack with good general features but the shoulder straps have less adjustment than others, which may mean larger-chested people may struggle to find a comfortable fit.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2012