When you’ve got more stuff to carry around, you need a bigger backpack — simple, right? More space in the main compartment, a larger front compartment, more space for bits and pieces and an assortment of clips and straps to give you complete control of where you gear goes, for easy and quick access.
We’ve chosen the best, highest quality and most generously sized rucksacks around for our reviews, and as always, we’ve kept an eye on price, so that you’re assured great value for money.
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Lowe Alpine Airzone Trek + 55 + 10 L Backpack
‘No messing around, the Airzone is all about comfort and performance.’
With a total of 65L contained mostly in the large main compartment, the Airzone is for people who prefer one open space. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other rucksacks on our list, but you get what you pay for with the Airzone — extremely high quality, comfort and practicality.
Size and volume
The Lowe Alpine Airzone is a little wider than some of the other hiking packs, which means it doesn’t run as long. Volume-wise, it’s unfussy in its layout and offers plenty of open space inside, avoiding the frustration that comes with hunting through a million different pockets.
Lowe Alpine products are some of the best around. They’re made to be taken up mountains and down crevices, so there’s no need to worry about the stitching coming apart, or the elements getting in and ruining your day. Your stuff is safe and secure, and with a tight fold-over lid, if you happen to be walking through large crowds, your belongings are safe from busy hands.
Not a lot of extra stuff going on here, just a focus on practicality and comfort. There’s a thick and sturdy waistband around the bottom of the Lowe Alpine Airzone, and, owing to its name, the back part of the bag is incredibly breathable and cool, so more more sweat! Walking pole mounts are included on the front, and the whole thing zips up nice and tight with quality zippers.
Value for money
A little more expensive but worth every penny, in our opinion. Great build quality and the confidence that comes with the Lowe Alpine name.
Serious hikers and campers who know what they love in a backpack.