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Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L

- published August 2014

85

2014

RATINGS

Comfort & Fit
9
Ski & Snowboard Carry
6
Features
7
Weight
8
Durability
8
Value
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$165.00
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THE GOOD

  • It clings to your back like a howler monkey to a tree
  • The A-frame ski straps are burly and easy to insert and remove skis from
  • You have plenty of room to fit everything you need for a day tour
  • THE BAD

  • It could use a few more pockets to improve functionality
  • With light loads, the pack feels like a deflated balloon
  • No helmet carry system
  • No snowboard carry system
  • THE VERDICT

    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.

    FULL REVIEW

    Comfort/Fit
    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.

    Ski/Snowboard carry
    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.

    Features
    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.

    Weight
    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.

    Durability
    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.

    Value
    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.

    About the Author

    Devon O'Neil

    Devon O'Neil

    Devon O'Neil is a writer based in Breckenridge, Colorado.


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    MSRP
    LOW PRICE
    $165.00
    N/A
    Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

    RATINGS

    Comfort & Fit
    9
    Ski & Snowboard Carry
    6
    Features
    7
    Weight
    8
    Durability
    8
    Value
    7
    GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
    85

    Specs

    • Gender: Unisex

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