Lowe Alpine Aeon 22 & ND20 Review | Travel & Adventure Backpack (Women’s & Regular Fit)

hey it's Rebecca rampant caca here and in this review we're going to be taking a look at the lower Alpine a on 22 and the MD 20 backpacks here at Pat caca we do reviews on travel gear and backpacks like this all the time so if you're new

here consider subscribing over the past three months we've been testing these bags in Spain and Portugal so let's jump into the review the lower Alpine ion 22 is the regular fit and the ND 20 is the women's version both of these bags are almost identical apart from a

few differences such as the nd 20 is smaller and the harness system is slightly different but we'll get more into those details later on in the review but for now just to make it a bit more simple we are going to refer to them both as a on

there's no denying that the low alpine ion has an outdoorsy look but considering that this bag is made primarily for the multi activity outdoor enthusiast this comes as no surprise and while this pack certainly didn't look out of place exploring cities like Porto and Lisbon in Portugal it

did look more at home up the mountains of Spain we tend to prefer more streamlined and minimalistic urban packs but we do like the aesthetic of the Aon we asked our Instagram audience to see what they thought about the look of the pack and just under half said

they liked it not the best result here at Petco we do polls like this all the time so if you'd like to partake in the next one make sure you're following us at pack hacker on Instagram the a on 22 is available in four colors anthracite Auburn Azure

and grey stone while the nd 20 comes in anthracite Lagoon and Ruby wine the color options are vast and varied so at least one of these should cater to your taste we're also really big fans of how low alpine have brand is that outside of this pack there

is a low alpine logo on the lid and shoulder strap and the modern name on the front which is quite handy as there are a fair few bags in the range finally there's a low alpine logo molded into the plastic of the zipper pores on both of the

external pockets it's pretty cool and we're digging the creative brand in here moving on to the materials the Aeon is made out of 210 D nylon but oh no this isn't any old nylon this is made with lower our points tri shield coating on it to a high-performance

silicone PU binding that increases weather resistance abrasion resistance and tear strength by 200% that's some pretty awesome stuff and rounded up all the buckles are wujin and all the zips are YKK and number five both are quality brands that make tried-and-tested gifts they work well and should continue

to do so in the future too as we mentioned before the lower Alpine a on 22 is a regular fit and the ND 20 is the women's version it's so great to see such a big brand creative women specific travel gear and lower pint sum up their history

of making women's fit backpacks wonderfully on their website by saying Greg Lowe created the first ever women's fit packs in the 1970s he named them the MD range in creating these packs we started a movement in the backpacking world to acknowledge that women are hikers Mountaineers and climbers

and they deserve to add the kit that fits since then we've been continually developing our women's packs to ensure that they perfectly accommodate the physiological and anatomical demands of the female backpacker we've got 40 years of industry leading research and an exhaustive program of field testing under our

belts this has culminated in a range of women specific backpacks that are unparalleled in terms of quality design and comfort other than the capacity of the MD 20 bin 2 liter smaller it differs to the Aon 22 in four key areas that's the back lymph the hip belt

the shoulder straps and the load distribution the back length of the nd 20 is slightly shorter because women tend to have shorter torsos the men which also makes the MD 20 an excellent option for teenagers the hip belt and shoulder straps are also sure and a slightly different

shape to accommodate a woman's body and finally the load distribution is altered so that nd 28 carries its weight near the bottom of the pack which is achieved by making the nd 20 is slightly shorter wider and deeper than the regular fit version the low alpine ion has

a lot of things going on externally but we have to talk about the harness system first because so far this has been one of the most comfortable packs to carry to date the Flexi on shoulder straps are ultra thin and we were skeptical about how comfortable shoulder straps

this thing would be but they are incredible while it certainly helps that this is only daypack size low Alpine has definitely put some thought into making these things comfortable and the ultra thin straps also contribute when you're put in the Aon inside a larger one bag travel pack

as the thinnest straps mean this bag will take up less room just by looking at the air contour back panel you can see that there's some pretty serious stuff going on this back panel is incredibly well ventilated body hugging and supportive and we were very impressed with how

well it performed in testing amazingly the shoulder straps and back panel are even heights adjustable so that you can tailor the fit precisely to your body and within this sleeve there's also room for a water bladder if you'd like to throw one in with a small bucket loop

to secure the hose move it on to the hip belt which we really like and there's even pockets on either side for you to put those quick grab items such as your keys unfortunately the hip belt isn't detachable which can be a pain if it's not locked in

but it is compact enough to not get in the way too much completing the harness system there are loads lifter straps to bring the weight of the pack closer to your back and an adjustable and removable sternum strap and there are fabric loops on the shoulder strap so

you can keep the load lifter straps secure to creating a delightful dangle free experience on the front of the pack it's more of a straps everywhere experience first of all we have the multi lock tool on either side of the pack this is made up of an adjustable

cord loop at the top and then a fabric loop and circular plastic attachment point at the bottom as the name suggests this is a system where you can carry a variety of different tools on the outside of your pack such as ice picks or walking pots we didn't

use this too much but it did work as a way to carry out Joby Gorillapod 3k on the outside next up there are two compression straps on either side of the pack these straps are useful when you're not carrying so much gear with you limiting the space inside

for stuff to move around in but unfortunately there's no strap keeper system so these things really dangle around on the outside an example of a bag that manages excess straps well is the ever good MPL 30 and we would have loved to have seen a similar system here

finally there are two large water bottle pockets they're super stretchy and deep enough to hold nearly any size bottle we're big fans of these and Lowe Alpine has now this vital component the low alpine ion has two external pockets a large mesh compartment at the front and a

quick grab pocket at the top the front mesh pocket is super stretchy and you can cram a surprising amount of stuff inside we used it to hold our earphones and snacks the top pocket on the lid is more discreet due to the zippered access being at the back

so we use this for our more valuable quick rub items like passports and wallets surprisingly there is one more pocket in the lid of this bag this can be accessed by unbuckle in the front and lifting up the lid where you'll find a discreet zipper underneath this is

a great pocket and we find ourselves utilizing it more than we thought we would there's even a keychain in there which is a nice touch on the bottom of this lid you'll notice an SOS panel too considering this bag is made for those rural environments this is really

nifty hopefully you'll never have to use them but this shows you what hand signals to make emergency phone numbers to dial and sound signals using the whistle on the front attach to the sternum strap finally the main compartment in the lower point Aion is basically a huge bucket

for you to throw all of your travel gear into we really like the opening of this pack and the drawstring is efficient and easy to use there's plenty of room to fit a 15-inch laptop with a case on inside – and this still leaves enough space but any

other items you may want to take out with you for the day over the last three months these packs of seniors in Spain Portugal and the UK we found this bag to be incredibly versatile and will work in a multitude of different environments and when it comes to

durability it's a low alpine ion is a well-made pack that's built to last all of the components are strong and sturdy and the material show no signs of wear and tear as of yet apart from a small mark on the front of the graeae on 22 very have

handled everything we've thrown at them and we're confident that they will continue to do so in the future the Aeon is a real workhorse bag that does its job very well the quick wrap pocket and water bottle compartments are great and the harness system provides one of the

most comfortable carries we've tested to date moving on to the pros and cons the a-line is available in a regular fit and a women's fit it's extremely versatile and delivers an impressively comfortable carry even when you're carrying a heavier load now on to the cons the straps can

dangle on the outside of this thing the hip belt isn't removable and can get in the way when not in use and it's outdoorsy aesthetic may not please everyone this outdoorsy pack will stand out a little in a more urban environment and it doesn't have the cleanest aesthetic

but the benefits of an impressively comfortable harness system and multi-use versatility are nothing to be sniffed at if you're looking for a day pack to fit inside your larger one bag travel backpack and need something a bit more substantial than a packable day pack then the Lowe Alpine

Aeon is a great choice thanks for taking a look at our review of the Lowe Alpine a on 22 and the nd 20 leave us a comment and let us know what you think of these packs and as ever head over to pack a cut com forward slash

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