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Lowe Alpine Contour IV 90 + 15L, 90 + 15 Internal Frame Backpacks Review

Lowe Alpine Contour IV 90 + 15L, 90 + 15


Description
5500 cubic inches


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Weight
6 lbs. 13 oz.


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Review Date
July 22, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Steven Kite ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I bought this pack in 1991 when I was still fit enough to carry all that it could hold! I'm still using it today with only VERY minor problems. I'll echo two things I've seen written earlier, the waterproof lining is beginning to flake off - (keep in mind this is after 22 years of use) - and the hip belt buck does unexpectedly pop open for no apparent reason. But overall this pack has been phenomenal and I've put hundreds of miles on this thing, in all kinds of weather. The ONLY reason I would get something else is because with a pack this size I have a tendency to overpack, and I'm trying to go more lightweight. It holds a heavy load really well and is still able to cinch down and carry light loads with no problem. Highly recommended. If you're looking for a heavy hauler that has great bang for the buck, this is it!


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Review Date
June 29, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Singletraksam ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I purchased this pack new in 1998; I am 6'4 200lbs and an avid backpacker. It has performed very well on my annual trips into the Emigrant Wilderness. Although the pack is quite large, it handles all of my gear quite nicely. I usually pack in a little heavy, around 50 lbs- but this pack is made for that sort of thing. The quality of workmanship, price, and durability of materials has made this pack an essential piece of equipment for all my future treks. I have no plans on replacing it anytime soon!

Happy Trails.

Customer Service:
Never had to use customer service, but I'm sure they are as great as their products

Similar Products Used:
Kelty


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Review Date
March 31, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Jerry Willis ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I have owned this pack for almost 15 years. This is a great pack and you literally can carry everything you need, want and more. After all this time, the only issue I have had is that the waterproof lining inside is now starting to flake off and the waist belt buckle will pop open unexpectedly. However, this pack has at least 700 trail miles on it and no holes.

I would recommend highly. However, if weight is a concern, (you would not be buying this size pack if it were) you might consider a lighter pack. I am getting enough age on my now that I will soon be retiring this pack for a smaller, lighter pack.


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Review Date
October 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: dptaylor ,  Backpacker , from Logan, UT

Summary:
I recently purchased this pack and really like it. The suspension is easily adjustable and the padding is quite comfortable. I recently carried nearly 50 pounds on a trip to Canyonlands (over 9 liters of water included) and I only had minor shoulder soreness afterwards. Overall, its a good pack and a good value.

Customer Service:
No problems so far.

Similar Products Used:
Kelty internal framed pack

Dana Design Bridger

Dana Design Shortbed


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Review Date
September 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: maddog ,  Mountaineer , from New York

Summary:
The Contour is a great pack. My first experince with the pack was when EMS was out of rental packs, so the manager pulled the Contour off the shelf, converting it into a rental (and boy was I glad he did).

My first trip was to the Catskills lugging about 75lbs for a 2 mile hike to camp. I was concerned because I'd never backpacked, and when tried to lift pack on myself, it was too heavy. With a little help, however, I was on my way. As soon as it was on my back, the hike was a breeze and the pack was very stable. The pack is also very versatile. There's top and front access to the pack and the top converts into a fanny pack. There is also way more room than you'll probably need as the top collar gives you about 900ci of extra space (6400 total)

I rented the pack on two more occasions for much longer hikes and I was equally as safisfied.

After much research I finally bought a pack. I went with the Countour lV. Anyone who calls this an entry level pack is judging it soley on the price.

The reason it's so reasonably priced is that Lowe has been making improvements on the same basic pack for the past 20years or so. I've asked several guides, two of which use the Contour themselves, and most of them think the Contour rates just as well as most higher priced packs.
Don't let the price fool you... This is a quality pack.

Customer Service:
Excellent. I was unable to find a retailer who had the Contour lV in stock (I looked for about a month). When I called Lowe the Customer Service Rep he told me who to contact and what to say. I had th


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