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#148645 - 03/30/11 11:11 PM Lowe Alpine Skyline 75 opinions
Trower Offline
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Registered: 03/23/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Northern Maine
I have been thinking of getting a new pack even though my current one is just fine. I think its in part that the snow is melting up here in northern Maine and I'm using the internet way to much right now:P But anyhow, could I better this pack for 150-175ish. Need about the same size maybe a little smaller. I probably will keep the Skyline, but just wanted to hear what is out there now and what people thought of it.

-Nick

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#148650 - 03/31/11 07:43 AM Re: Lowe Alpine Skyline 75 opinions [Re: Trower]
Glenn Offline
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Registered: 03/08/06
Posts: 2617
Loc: Ohio
Not sure what's available in that price range that would be a similar size. How much weight do you typically carry? Do you currently fill the pack every trip, or would a smaller volume (say, 60 liters) work just as well?

A quick check found these on REI outlet:

http://www.rei.com/product/782944
http://www.rei.com/product/797929
http://www.rei.com/product/812249
http://www.rei.com/product/812762

All fit your price range, and are similar in volume, but I don't know if they fit your torso size, style, weight-bearing, and features requirements. The good thing is that REI is great about letting you return stuff if it doesn't fit right - and, as you know, fit is the primary consideration in finding a pack.

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#148686 - 03/31/11 06:24 PM Re: Lowe Alpine Skyline 75 opinions [Re: Trower]
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Registered: 10/15/09
Posts: 607
Loc: IL.
Trower, 35years ago when I started Hiking,Dad and I had Wilderness Experience packs. Wilderness Experience as I was always told, Became Lowe? I can tell you this the Wilderness Experience Packs and also a couple years later Lowe Syn Sleeping bag stood the test of time! I have since looked at a few Lowe Packs but when I see the posted weight,I turn the other way. I am sure it is still very durable mountaineering Gear! I have yet to find any ultralight? I am curious to try the Granite Gear Blaze AC 60! Not Ultralight but Light I would say?

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#148730 - 04/01/11 01:53 PM Re: Lowe Alpine Skyline 75 opinions [Re: Kent W]
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Registered: 05/28/09
Posts: 304
Loc: Eastern Ontario
Kent, Yes, my recollection also that Wilderness Experience was bought out and merged, and Lowe sounds familiar. Long time ago, though, I think. But for the record, I have a Lowe "Contour Mountain", 970 grams (just under two pounds) that I csrried from Georgia to Main a few years ago, plus probably at least another thousand km, and it's still in "like new" shape. At the time I bought it (probably around 1996 or 98, I think) it was one of the popular light-weight packs mentioned in discussions on this board (which was why I bought it). Weight is still not bad. Don't use it anymore because I went to Ron Bell (MLD -- I really like his work, his savey with fabrics and his designs), and had him make me one that would hold my gear for a 500 grams less. (Since the Lowe is still in good shape, I guess that makes me officially a "gram weenie" Best, jcp

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#148828 - 04/03/11 08:18 PM Re: Lowe Alpine Skyline 75 opinions [Re: Trower]
Trower Offline
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Registered: 03/23/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Northern Maine
Hey thanks for the insights guys. That Granite Gear Blaze AC 60 really intrigues me! I mostly have the pack I do now, as I got it cheep, its crazy durable, fits me well, and is big enough for extended trips. I was just curious as to what people think of this style pack, aka how disliked it was.

I think this year I will probably just use the Lowe and maybe get the Blaze AC next year

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#148832 - 04/03/11 08:37 PM Re: Lowe Alpine Skyline 75 opinions [Re: Trower]
oldranger Offline
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Registered: 02/23/07
Posts: 1735
Loc: California (southern)
If the pack works for you, and it seems that it does, all the opinions of others aren't worth a plugged nickel...

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