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Expedition Pack


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Expedition Pack

Manufacturer: Lowe Alpine

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Page By: Derek Franzen

Created/Edited: Jun 23, 2005 / Jun 23, 2005

Object ID: 1358

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This is a Large pack with internal aluminum stays and a unique, adjustable suspension system. Made of 11.5 oz coated cordura nylon with a double layered bottom. Large, versatile, single compartment bag is 16"x18"x27" high, has load compression straps, two wand pockets, spindrift collar for added capacity and protection. 9"x13"x2.5" high top pocket for small items. Padded floating harness system anchors at waist, adjusts for 9" difference in torso lengths, and provides easy weight transfer from shoulder to waist. Shoulder straps have cross chest straps and buckles designed for cold weather use with mittens. Included are ice axe straps and crampon straps on flap. Assorted colors.


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Derek FranzenLowe original Expedition Pack

Voted 5/5

Ok, don't laugh (too much). I feel the Lowe Expedition pack should be included in gear reviews just for the historical information.

This may be the least technical pack being reviewed in this gear section; that said this is still my favorite all around backpack since 1978. I have used this pack for climbing day trips (with 15 lb loads) up to 9 day climbing trips (with 100+ lb loads) and I have been quite satisfied with it's performance for both. No pack carries itself but this pack adjusts well to take a lot of the misery out (of carrying heavy loads).

There are very few features to write about on this pack; it has one main compartment, a large top pocket, padded adjustable straps and suspension system (which work quite well) and enough straps to tie and compress any reasonable load.

If quality is defined by length of use then this pack surely must deserve a 5 Star rating!
Posted Jun 23, 2005 10:33 am

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