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Lowe Alpine

Lowe Alpine Womens Altus ND40:45 Golden Palm

Lowe Alpine Womens Altus ND40:45 Golden Palm

£140.00

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The Altus is one of the most comfortable, well thought out packs available. It features enough space for a long walk in the mountains during winter, but also enough for multi-day trips carrying just the essentials. 

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Season : 2019S

Code : FMQ-14-GO-40

Weight : 0KG

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What is the Altus?

The Altus is quite possibly the perfect pack for winter walking in the mountains, lightweight overnight camping trips and hut to hut walking in the alps. The supportive, breathable and exceptionally comfortable AirContour backsystem and 45 litres of total space means you're able to carry up to two days worth of kit without batting an eyelid.

What is it made from?

As soon as you pick the Altus up for the first time, you realise it's been built to last. The main bulk of the bag is made from a super tough 210D Ripstop nylon with a durable water repellent finish to keep your kit dry during light rain (a raincover is included for heavy downpours). This fabric is reassuringly thick yet light enough that you barely realise you're wearing the pack, even while weighted. A thicker 450D fabric is then used on high wear areas such as the base of the pack.

What is the backsystem?

This is where the magic happens! Lowe Alpine call it an ND AirContour+ Carry System, as it's far more than simply a back system, it covers the hipbelt, shoulder straps and essentially the entire back of the pack. Every contact point has been meticulously refined to offer the greatest comfort for a female frame without sacrificing heavily on weight. A lightweight foam with cut-outs in certain areas allows airflow to the points of your back which generate heat quickest, then a layer of mesh is added to prevent the pack moving excessively. This backsystem is infinitely adjustable and can be set to various heights depending on the user. The hipbelt is pre-curved and hugs you even without the straps tightened, providing a reassuringly stable and supportive feel. Unlike many hipbelts out there, the Altus' is made using several sections of foam to wrap around your hips more effectively. If all of this sounds a little confusing then don't worry, just take our word for it; it's comfortable!

What are the features?

It isn't just the comfort and support that we love about the Altus, we also love the attention to detail and the number of clever features. Entry into the pack can be achieved either by the top lid, or via a large 'U' shaped zip on the front of the pack; this allows you to dig out items from the bottom of the pack without emptying the rest of your kit into the mud. Lowe Alpine equip the Altus with attachment points for walking axes and walking poles, daisy chain loops to attach further gear, a hydration sleeve for a bladder, a raincover, a sternum strap with built in whistle and two compression straps on either side to pull the weight closer to your pack, increasing comfort and carrying efficiency. It also stops gear rolling about and clanging against one another (pet hate!). 

Pockets wise, you get a zipped pocket on the outer of the lid which contains a key clip, and one on the inner which features an 'SOS panel' to record your personal details, two side mesh pockets which will easily take an insulating layer or a 1L bottle, two zipped pockets on the hipbelt and a front stash pocket with a zipped side entry. We thought this last stash pocket is worth its own mention as we think it's the perfect place to store a wet tent flysheet or waterproof gear that you need to grab quickly. Rather than stuffing your flysheet back into its stuffsack and into the bottom of your bag where it will struggle to dry (and breathe), you can stash it in the front pocket where the water can drain out and the gear can breathe.  

Summary

The Altus ND40:45 features the perfect amount of space for those who are heading into the hills for a long day of winter walking, or alternatively those who are heading out for a lightweight two day trek with just the essentials. 

  • Female specific
  • Axe attachment points
  • Walking pole attachment points
  • 'U' front access
  • Two pockets in lid
  • Expandable lid (40 - 45 litres)
  • Internal divider panel
  • Compression straps
  • Durable outer fabric
  • Included raincover
  • Adjustable back length
  • Zipped hipbelt pockets
Care & Advice

Getting the correct fit for your rucksack is as important as getting the fit right for your boots. A badly fitting pack can inflict misery and discomfort and completely ruin your adventure. This guide is designed to help you get the best fit and comfort from your chosen pack so that carrying all your kit becomes a pleasure and not a chore.

ADJUSTING THE BACK LENGTH

If the pack has an adjustable back length, adjust this to your correct level. Your back length is not related to your height but your torso length. Many packs, and specifically the bigger and more technical packs are available in different back lengths or feature adjustable back systems. Contrary to popular belief, your torso length and not your overall height is the key to getting a well fitted pack. Tall people don’t necessarily have long torsos, just as shorter people don’t always have a short torso length.

Your torso length can be found by measuring from your C7 vertebra (the bony protrusion at the back of your neck when looking down) to the height of your iliac crest (top of your hip bones, where you put your hands on your hips). This measurement will give you an idea of which pack back length to choose.

Once you've got the back length sorted, either by selecting the correct size pack or adjusting the back system, you can begin to follow these simple steps to help achieve a comfortable carry.

LOOSEN OFF ALL STRAPS

Before you start fitting the pack, loosen off all the straps as this will make it easier to get the correct tension later.

TIGHTENING THE HIPBELT

Fasten the backpack hipbelt, the general position is the same as where you’d put your ‘hands on hips’ This area is called the pelvic girdle, and what you can feel when you rest your hand on the area is the bony protuberance, the iliac crest. The iliac crest can support the weight from a pack comfortably, and for sustained periods. The padded section of the hipbelt should encompass this and fit securely.

Tighten the straps so the hipbelt feels secure and held firmly around your body. Ensure that the lumbar pad is centered to your lower back to give you maximum support. Remember that your hips carry most of the weight of the pack, so this should be firm but comfortable.

ADJUSTING THE SHOULDER STRAPS

Next, adjust the shoulder straps, pull them until they start to become snug, but ensure that they are not too tight as to lift the pack off your hips. Remember tightening them will stabilise the pack but will increase pressure over the shoulders. If the back length of the pack is correct the shoulder straps will be flush to your shoulders whilst the hipbelt sits in place comfortably. The point where the shoulder straps attach to the main body of the pack should be roughly half way down your shoulder blades; this ensures  that the shoulder straps rolls evenly over the top of your shoulders to distribute the weight correctly.

FASTENING THE CHEST STRAP

Fasten the chest strap and pull until taut but not tight, the elastic section should not be extended. This helps keep the shoulder straps from catching in your shoulder joints and keeps the stability of the pack when moving over rough ground.

ADJUSTING THE TOP TENSIONERS

Top tensioner straps link the shoulder straps to the top of the pack. When tightened, their main function is to stabilise the top part of the pack. The optimum angle for these straps in 45º, but they will stabilise the load even when horizontal or at a more obtuse angle. Tighten them until you feel the top part of the pack rest against your pack, over tightening them will create excessive pressure on the front of your shoulders.

ADJUSTING THE SIDE TENSIONERS

Side tension straps are linked to the hipbelt. By tightening these straps you can stabilise the load but reduce the hipbelt flexibility. Where balance is critical tightening them can help you feel more secure. However, if you are striding out over easy terrain it’s better to loosen these straps to allow full hip flexibility.

ADJUSTING THE SIDE COMPRESSION STRAPS

Side compression straps come next, pulling these tight does two things: firstly, it stabilises the load, secondly it can lift the lower part of the pack, repositioning the load closer to your back.

ADJUSTMENTS ON THE GO

Following these steps should give you a comfortable but secure fit on your pack. Sometimes adjustments will need to be made on the go depending on the terrain or the load you are carrying. The perfect fit is very much a personal preference so experiment with different tensions on the pack to find what suits you best.

Technical Information

Weight: 1.66kg

Fabric: 210D Ripstop / 450D

Sizing Information

Volume: 40+5L

Back length: 43-48cm

Dimensions: 64 x 35 x 38cm

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The whole ordering and delivery process went very smoothly but unfortunately the boots I had ordered were slightly too narrow and had to be returned, the no quibbles returns process was quick and easy, with Trekitt keeping me informed by email at every step of the way, including receipt of my parcel and when my refund had been processed. Service and communication with this company always excellent.

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