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Lowe Alpine Aeon 27 Review

The new Aeon Range is Lowe Alpine's answer to lightweight daypacks. The Aeon 27 is a generous size and is perfect for a range of activities from days out in the hills to travelling around the city. I used the pack for a week's adventuring around Italy and will continue to use on day trips in the hills.

The AirContour back system offers superb breathability and the lightweight, vented shoulders straps are far more comfortable than would be expected of straps this light and thin. The hipbelt gives great stability and comfort, especially when carrying loads for long periods of time and has two good sized pockets, which is rare on packs of this capacity. It can easily be adjusted when on the move and it’s not short of features; there are two generous mesh side stretch pockets which are ideal for a large water bottle or to stash some gear which you may not easy access to such as a shell jacket.

There's plenty of storage for a 27 litre pack and there is a small external zip pocket for easy access as well as an internal valuables pocket. However, I would be careful how much weight you put in these pockets, as heavy items may cause the zips to open fully when the pack is vertical if you try to open the zips slightly (I found this happened when I stored my portable phone charger). It is often easier to pack the rucksack when it is horizontal as the pack is a little narrower than some others.

The zips which provide access to the main compartment often get lost behind the front panel which extends around the side, so if you want quick access, you may need to park the zips at the top of the pack. Having said that, one reason for the front panelling covering part of the main zip may be to hide the zips when travelling. I would highly recommend the Lowe Alpine Aeon range; they are an extremely comfortable carry compared to a lot of other lightweight packs and the durable abrasion-resistant nylon fabric will ensure you won’t be looking for a new pack any time soon. A true versatile day pack that looks as good in the city as it does on the hills.

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