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After almost 3 weeks backpacking in Thailand in 2016 I knew right away that my 40L backpack was probably not going to cut it for a nine month trip. This time around I would be taking my toddler and had transformed myself into a freelancer and vlogger and would need a heck of a lot more equipment to make the trip work. I decided to go with the Lowe Alpine AT Voyager womens 50L backpack.
Choosing the pack
The first time around I got our backpacks in the Livingston shopping mall and had the advice and opinions of both the store and my parents. This was a little different, we sold our car to fund the trip and so we decided to shop for backpacks online. I like to ask a lot of questions so I know that the backpack will do what I need it to do. This is where I found Silverfox Travel Outdoors to be exceedingly helpful. They were there to ask all of my annoying questions and helped me find a backpack that was right for me.
They helped me pick the Lowe Alpine AT Voyager womens 50L backpack which turned out to do everything I had hoped.
Let’s talk first of all about the size. The Lowe Alpine AT Voyager womens 50L backpack is a 50L backpack (duh) but it also has a detatchable 15L daypack. This is ideal for anyone who is looking for an extra smaller backpack during the day on their travels. The backpack gets its storage in both height and width, but it is not exceedingly tall. This is something that worried me, as at a small 5’1 I do not want a backpack that overpowers my height. I found the Lowe Alpine AT Voyager womens 50L backpack to be an ideal balance of a great amount of storage and yet it was comfortable and looked proportionate on my body.
I picked a plain black backpack but you can also get the Lowe Alpine AT Voyager womens 50L backpack in a beautiful teal green too. In all honesty I loved both but I have a child who makes everything dirty so it was best for me to pick the backpack that would disguise his grubby hand-prints the most.
The Lowe Alpine AT Voyager womens 50L backpack can open fully, like a suitcase, making it so easy to pack. This feature also means it is so easy to get inside and find something you are looking for without rummaging around aimlessly. The inside is one big open space. I quite like this feature as I am a big fan of using packing cubes and bags to divide things up. This bag reminds me of a case with the inside straps that are available to clip everything down and hold it in place.
The opening flap has two clear zip pockets to hold some smaller items. I really like these because they are clear you can actually see what is in them without having to go searching.
Opening and closing the backpack
The backpack opens through a zip system which goes 3/4 of the way around the full pack. The zip is hidden during travel by a flap and this is further secured by clip straps on each side. The clip straps also allow the back to go smaller and expand as you change your bags’ contents.
The Lowe Alpine AT Voyager womens 50L backpack also features a removable daypack of 15L. This zips on to the front of the backpack during travel meaning you are not carrying an extra backpack.
The daypack opens right up and has only one storage area inside. I had wished there was a bit more but its perfectly fine how it is. It features two side pockets to hold bottles. (Need a good travel bottle? Check out the Water To Go purification bottles.) The smaller daypack can also be worn on the front chest and it has clips to clip it firmly into place on the larger backpack.
The actual backpack capacity is adjustable. For one there is the extra 15L in the daypack. But you can also tighten and loosen the straps to allow more into the main space.
The straps on the backpack can also be adjusted to fit your specific body and shape. The more you play around with the straps the more you can do. I managed to bring the backpack in to curve with the shape of my spine, which made it more comfortable to wear and it actually felt less heavy because it was not pulling back the way.
The backpack straps can be stored away to turn the backpack into a holdall. This is ideal as some airlines are not huge fans of the flapping straps. It will be extra useful for us who are carrying a drone backpack and the luggage for a toddler too and will not always have space for the backpack on our shoulders.
There are handles on the side to transport the bag when you are not using the backpack straps. When you want the straps back you simply roll up the flap and tuck it away (with velco to hold it in place) into the rain-cover pocket.
On the straps there is a whistle. To some this may seem random but actually it is genius. If you happen to feel in danger you can blow the whistle to get attention, and of course get help.
The Lowe Alpine AT Voyager womens 50L backpack also has a fully detachable rain-cover. It covers the backpack and daypack together, but you can remove it and use the extra space if you need. What I liked is that there were toggle clips to keep the rain-cover in place during wind and rain.
Overall the Lowe Alpine AT Voyager womens 50L backpack is a great, comfortable and stylish pack with plenty of space. I am really excited to see how it holds up on our nine month adventure in Asia.
*I was given this backpack from Silverfox Travel Outdoors in exchange for an open and honest review. All opinions are my own