The Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 lives up to its name with a weight of just 410g. The back panel has a wicking mesh layer with removable internal stiffening, and the AdpativeFit shoulder straps attach to the body with a narrow panel that allows them to move more easily with the torso to prevent restriction of movement. The hipbelt lacks mesh or perforated padding so it’s perhaps not quite as comfortable as others, but it still works fine. The main compartment is made from a 70 denier Trishield Light nylon, which feels a little more robust than some lightweight sacks, although heavier sacks are of course even more durable. There’s no snowlock extension to the main compartment and the lid is slightly smaller than some other packs, meaning a little more care is needed when packing the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 to ensure everything is protected. But most disappointing is the very small pocket in the lid, which is way too small for maps. The main body has just two external mesh pockets, while the compression system uses cords rather than wide webbing straps. The result is that it isn’t quite so easy to stash gear like trekking poles to the sides of the pack. The hipbelt pockets are a good size, though, with my Satmap GPS receiver easily fitting inside. There are two removable bottle pockets on the shoulder straps for runners, which walkers could discard.
Capacity 28 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pockets? yes
Hydration pocket? yes
Men’s/unisex back sizes one size
Women’s back sizes none
The Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 is a very light sack that’s ideal for runners, but walkers may prefer slightly better pocketing on the lid and an easier means of stashing poles. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014