Lowe Alpine Aeon Backpack | Review
The backpack that Lowe Alpine claim is quite possibly their "favourite ever creation"
That’s quite a statement, you might think, but when you get hands on this bag it’s easy to see why the brand rate the thing so highly. It’s a proper little one-pack-does-it-all smash hit and a fine example of gear being fully primed for excursions in the outdoors. Great for super speedy, travel-light overnighters, as well as mountaineering shenanigans and four-season hikes; this stylish bit of kit’s very nature seems to openly encourage you to pick it up and take it out on an adventure.
If it could talk, we’re convinced that the Aeon would be the type of bag that’d sit in your cupboard and loudly say “Can we go yet?” over and over again until you hit up some national parks to quench its thirst for nature.
Available in men's and women's versions and in different styles and capacities, the bags in the Aeon range are all built out of lightweight, abrasion-resistant nylon. They've also been coated in Lowe Alpine’s unique TriShield, which has the benefits of increasing its durability and potential to resist tearing.
We tested out the zip-topped 27-litre men's version (they range from 16-35L) and were impressed.
As you get to grips with it, you soon begin to appreciate that as well as being generally tough - the Aeon’s also been smartly designed for intuitive, faff-free usage when you’re on the go.
“A proper little, one-pack-does-it-all, smash hit.”
Take the easy access zip entry, for example, or the large front stretch stash pocket that’s ideal for popping in the stuff you’ll want to grab at a moment's notice (i.e. an extra layer, a guidebook, or a pack of dry roasted peanuts).
Lowe Alpine Aeon Backpack
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Factor in the easy-to-reach stash pockets on the bag’s sides as well as the tidy zip-up hipbelt pockets, and you begin to appreciate just how laser-focused the Aeon is when it comes to simple, good-old-fashioned usability.
Another aspect of the bag we want to point at, stand up in honour of, and applaud in the direction of, is the ultra-thin Flexion shoulder harness that contours to your body; spreading the pack’s load more evenly as a result.
Credit also must go to Lowe Alpine for the well-implemented AirContour back system that’s a real piece o’ cake to adjust. The hook and loop panel here means the wearer can ensure the optimum fit by making precise back length adjustments. The moulded back panel, it should be added, maximises airflow and comfort. Perfect when you’re getting active on hot days.
Quite possibly their favourite ever creation. Definitely one of our favourite bags. The Aeon backpack from Lowe Alpine comes highly recommended.
Will Renwick - Outdoors Magic Editor
One of the best daypacks I’ve used, if not the best. Seriously. I was suspicious about the thinness of the straps but they’re actually very comfortable, and the harness and back system both combine to work extremely well. It might be just a tiny, tiny bit on the heavy side, but that’s just being picky.