Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon 32 rucksack (2008)

This ultralight rucksack offers good features, starting with a reasonable weight of 760g for a 32 litre capacity. The back is a simple padded design with padded hipbelt fins. The shoulder straps get air-vented padding to improve comfort. Pockets on the hipbelt are ideal for snacks or a GPS, plus there are pockets fitted to the shoulder straps that can be removed. The deep side mesh pockets are useful, while the compression straps can help keep the load stable and in place. On the front of the sack is a useful elasticated and drawcorded stash pocket for a jacket or hydration system. There is one smaller pocket for valuables on the outside of the pack. The sack is hydration system-compatible and has a zipped closure. Most of the features you really need are here, and this sack carries well when biking, running or light hiking.  But the shoulder strap pockets and side pockets lack drawcords, so anything in them has to fit well. Some use the front pocket for a hydration system, but the weight is a long way back so it’s not ideal. However there is an internal
sleeve inside the pack for a hydration system too. The back is more sweaty than other sacks.

Capacity 32 litres
Fabric 210 ripstop nylon
Features padded back; padded hipbelt fins; air-vented shoulder straps; hipbelt pockets; mesh side pockets and front pocket; compression straps; hydration system-compatible; zipped main closure; zipped outer pocket
Weight 760g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK 40
This is a good, lightweight sack that provides a good range of features for entry-level adventure racing, and it would be great for light hiking too.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008