Lowe Alpine TFX Tundra 65+15

The Torsion Fit Expedition (TFX) range of rucksacks have an adjustable back system to allow fine-tuning of the fit. The main body of this backpacking rucksack has a lower compartment, top entry and bellows side pockets tucked behind a pair of compression straps. A pair of zips on the front allow access to the main compartment, and the lid can be raised for extended expeditions. It all works well and it is comfortable. I particularly liked the large lid pocket and the fact that the compression straps have quick-release buckles. Stowing trekking poles on the side of this pack was easy and stable too. The materials felt very tough, and the whole pack was well-made, durable and very comfy when loaded. In many ways this is the perfect backpacking sack. But at 2900g this is quite heavy. I’m not a fan of floating lids that are not linked to the main compartment as rain can drain into the sack. Take a good look at the front opening system before you buy, as others may better suit your needs.

 

Capacity: 65+15 litres
Materials: 330 denier ripstop nylon,
600 denier texturised polyester, 900 denier texturised polyester
Features: TFX adjustable back system; extendible lid with external pocket and internal pocket; twin compartments with front, top and base entry; bellows side pockets; side compression straps; mesh wand/bottle pockets; rope compression strap; hydration system-compatible; rain cover
Weight: 2900g
Made in: Vietnam
Stores in UK: 50

Verdict: A superb pack for most people, but for UK use I would prefer a pack with a bellows between the floating lid and body.