Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L lacks the organizational features of some of the other packs I tested, but it is a winner for purists who digs a couple of basic pockets instead of a separate pocket for every item. The Mountain Attack 35L is one of the most comfortable, secure packs I tested.
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L felt like a monkey clinging to my back on both ascents and descents. It rides close to the body, and stays in place regardless of the terrain.
The ski carry capability of the Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L is excellent. Unfortunately, snowboarders are left wanting—the Mountain Attack lacks an effective snowboard carry system.
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack originally hit the market in 2004 but has been significantly updated this year, most notably with wider shoulder straps, bigger mitten-friendly zipper pulls, and more head lockers to carry mountaineering tools. Still, it could use another pocket or two especially for avalanche tools.
At 3 pounds, 4.2 ounces, the Mountain Attack 35L drops nearly an ounce off it’s previous weight. But its still not the lightest pack in the category.
The Lowe Alpine brand is knows for building long-lasting packs, and I saw nothing to indicate the Mountain Attack 35L would not last for a decade or more of steady use.
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L is a well-built pack, and the price reflects that.
How We Tested It
I tested the Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L while ski touring in the Upper Blue River valley of Colorado.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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