Lowe Alpine Nanon 40:45 2011

The Lowe Alpine Nanon 40:45 weighs in at just 1320g but it’s packed with more features than most rucksacks here. It even has an adjustable backlength, so the same rucksack can be adapted to fit a wider range of people.
The Nanon 40:45 also gets an exceptionally good hipbelt that’s designed to fit a variety of body shapes. This all means that the sack should fit better than most. You don’t get the airflow back system offered by some other products, but you have the benefit of a closer-fitting back system that still allows some air to flow through the very wide open mesh.
There’s a huge front stash pocket with a zipped pocket on the outside of the sack. You also get side entry into the main compartment and a hydration pocket. In fact, there are far too many features to cover here, which means the sack is higher in price than others and could be even lighter if some of the features were stripped out. If you don’t need all those extras, though, the price of the Lowe Alpine Nanon 40:45 will put you off.

Price £140
Weight 1320g
Capacity 40-45 litres
Internal compartments 1
External pockets 3
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Ice axe loops 2
Back lengths adjustable
Floating lid yes
Women’s option no
Contact (01539) 740840; www.lowealpine.com

Features 5
Design/build 5
Comfort 4
Performance 5
Value 2
Overall 4

Verdict
The Lowe Alpine Nanon 40:45 is a lightweight, feature-packed sack, but all those features have forced the price up, making it less attractive than simpler designs.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2011