Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L ReviewAugust 25, 2014
- It clings to your back like a howler monkey to a tree
- The A-frame ski straps are burly and easy to insert and remove skis from
- You have plenty of room to fit everything you need for a day tour
- It could use a few more pockets to improve functionality
- With light loads, the pack feels like a deflated balloon
- No helmet carry system
- No snowboard carry system
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L lacks the organizational features of some of the other packs I tested, but it is a winner for purists who digs a couple of basic pockets instead of a separate pocket for every item. The Mountain Attack 35L is one of the most comfortable, secure packs I tested.
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L felt like a monkey clinging to my back on both ascents and descents. It rides close to the body, and stays in place regardless of the terrain.
The ski carry capability of the Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L is excellent. Unfortunately, snowboarders are left wanting—the Mountain Attack lacks an effective snowboard carry system.
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack originally hit the market in 2004 but has been significantly updated this year, most notably with wider shoulder straps, bigger mitten-friendly zipper pulls, and more head lockers to carry mountaineering tools. Still, it could use another pocket or two especially for avalanche tools.
At 3 pounds, 4.2 ounces, the Mountain Attack 35L drops nearly an ounce off it’s previous weight. But its still not the lightest pack in the category.
The Lowe Alpine brand is knows for building long-lasting packs, and I saw nothing to indicate the Mountain Attack 35L would not last for a decade or more of steady use.
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L is a well-built pack, and the price reflects that.