Alpine Attack 50


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Alpine Attack 50
Manufacturer Lowe Alpine
Page By GuitarWIzard
Page Type May 27, 2002 / May 27, 2002
Object ID 316
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A lightweight alpine mountaineering pack with bivy mat, gear slings, rope compressor, crampon pocket, ski slots and tool holsters. Padded AirCooled™ Back System for comfort and stability.

H20 hydration system pocket and drinking tube slot

Removable, 3-fold, bivy mat

Side compression system for reduced loads and improved stability

Gear slings and waistbelt gear loops

AirCooled™ Back System hip-belt, harness and back

Zip pocket under lid

Weatherlock drawcord closure and under-lid rope compressor

‘Drop in’ crampon pocket lTool holsters, ski slots and wand pockets

2 ice axe attachment points

Slim mountaineering profile

Remove the waistbelt, rotate through 180º, and re-fit for different waist position or climbing harness


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hmronnow - Aug 17, 2003 12:26 pm - Voted 4/5

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Have used this pack for 2 years, mainly for winter peak bagging and back-country skiing.

On routes where changes between ski+poles and cramons+axis, the various straps and crampon pocket are convenient to use. In particular I like the click-lock of the upper strap for holding skis.

Have not done much traditional climbing and can hence not comment if the gear-loops on belt and under arms work well.

The inner 'closing-skirt' is long, allowing you to occationally overfill the sack. And the removable foam in the back comes in handy as extra insulation if bivying on snow (though it is close to impossible to put it back if the pack is full).

As back-support, however, the foam is not very stable. And similarly, the ability to remove the hip belt sacrifices torsional stiffness. Hence, carrying heavier loads it is not very comfortable. It has not bothered me, but having recently tried Lowe's Vision pack I realised that the support system could be a lot better.

Next time I would go for a bag with same ski, axe and crampon carrying posibilities but a better support system. Though, with the durability of Lowe bags, next time will not be soon.

Nikolas_A - Dec 28, 2003 9:59 am - Voted 4/5

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I have one for more than 4 years. The early model didn't have the removable waist belt, and the bivy mat is two-fold. I haven't used the mat as I use the pack itself as a pillow together with my 3/4 mat.

The pack dosn't handle heavy loads well but then neither do I :o). It is lightweight and durable.

lizrdboy - Mar 20, 2007 1:49 am - Voted 4/5

It does the trick
I've used mine since 1998. It can take a beating. It can hold all my gear for 2 or 3 day alpine climbs. It just needs a suspension! I can't wait to wear it out so I can get a new one that can distribute the weight better.

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