If you're just about to pull the trigger on a new climbing pack, you might want to wait a month or so for the launch of Lowe Alpine's sleek new Alpine SuperLight minimalist 30-litre mountaineering companion.
It's designed to be fully featured, but as light as possible at the same time, which means a stripped-down weight of just 540 grammes, lighter, reckons Lowe Alpine than pretty much anything else around.
Tough But Light Fabric
To achieve that, the pack uses a new, TriShield-coated 100D rip-stop Nylon fabric which is claimed to have impressive abrasion and tear resistance for maximum abuse with minimal weight. There's no structured back-system, instead it uses a double-thickness foam pad that also functions as a simple alpine bivi sit mat.
Ice-tools are secured using the brand's proven and ingenious Head Locker system, which utilises a simple bar which locates through the carabiner hole in the head of the axe and the main opening is zipped rather than lid-based for ease of access and further weight saving. Strategically positioned lightweight TPU reinforcement protects the fabric of the pack from damage by tool picks, bears and beavers.
Finally, the pack uses a new Dynamic Action harness system above. The straps are kept relatively thin and heavily articulated to minimise any impact on freedom of movement while climbing.
How much? RRP when the pack launches in the UK in March 2017 will be £100.
50 Years Of Making Packs
This year marks Lowe Alpine's 50th anniversary as a pack brand and the new pack, they say, can trace its lineage right back to the very first Lowe Alpine Expedition Pack made in 1967 (above).
'The Ascent range of climbing and mountaineering packs is our most advanced range yet' - Tim Fish
'“Lowe Alpine has been at the forefront of climbing pack development for 50 years", says Brand Director and longstanding award-winning pack designer, Tim Fish.
"The Ascent range of climbing and mountaineering packs is our most advanced range yet, using all 50 years of experience to produce a new range of packs that meet all the requirement of the modern alpinist - lightweight, strong, and totally functional."
Other packs in the new Ascent range include the Metanoia, Mountain Ascent, Alpine Ascent and Peak Ascent. They use a variety of sizes and structures with, says Lowe Alpine, packs to suit anything from rock climbing through to expedition mountaineering.