Designed for activities such as hiking, biking, climbing and running, the main fabric used in the Lowe Alpine Yocton 25 is TriShield, which has a silicone treatment to increase abrasion resistance and tear strength, so it should be more durable than most packs. The back panel is stiff enough to prevent items from digging into you, while Airflow mesh helps to reduce that horrid ‘sweaty back’ feeling. The shoulder straps do not get any top tensioning straps and when combined with the Adaptivefit hipbelt I did not find this pack was quite as back-huggingly stable as some others. I thus had to use the chest strap to create as much stability as I could when scrambling for example. I really liked the body of this sack, though, as it has one main compartment and a good lid plus three stretch pockets around the outside and compression straps to allow me to easily stash items outside the pack if needed. The lid zipped pocket is ideal for maps and guidebooks too. Overall the Lowe Alpine Yocton 25 is a great offering for general hillwalking, particularly at this price, although there are other packs that offer benefits of less weight, or more stability or even more airflow.
Capacity 25 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Men’s/unisex back sizes one size
Women’s back size no
The Lowe Alpine Yocton 25 is a well-priced pack that offers great general performance for the hillwalker. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2013