EDIT: OR - Lowe Alpine Contour III - Dan Feldman
- Dan -
Good first pass at a review, and I like that your observations are
backed up by a whole lot of use.
That said, I have several edits given below, and also want to suggest
you do two things before addressing them, as I think it will help
focus and improve your review:
- Re-read the owner review requirements given on the BGT site
- Take a look at a few of the more recent official pack reviews on
the BGT site
You may note some additional issues and features to comment on as you
do this. Once you've updated the review to flesh out the content and
address the edits, post it again here with the word "REPOST" in the
subject line, and I'll do a second-pass edit, and if all looks good,
an approval to post.
If you have further questions, feel free to ask me online; I also
recommend our "Mentor" program, which you can find out more about on
this list as well.
Name: Dan Feldman
***EDIT: Dan - here, and throughout the rest of your review, please
add metric equivalents for all measurements given.
Favorite Quote: "It would surpass the powers of a well man nowadays
to take up
and walk, and I should certainly advise a sick one to lay down his
My backpacking background consists of a thru hike of the AT in 2002
middle distance trips throughout the eastern mountains since then. I
light weight backpacker, but by no means ultralight. My pack weight
coordinate a wilderness backpacking program for disabled teens
Inner City Outings program http://www.sierraclub.org/ico/dc/
***EDIT: please put all of the above, including the favorite quote,
under the heading of "Tester Background"
***EDIT: "Material: " followed by whatever it actually is (is it
Nylon, polyester, Cordura? Go ahead and find out from Lowe or an
online source and make sure this is stated accurately)
Approximate volume: 3,700 (4,600 expanded) cubic inches
***EDIT: Is this what the manufacturer claimed? If so, you can say
this as "Stated volume:" or something along those lines; if you've
measured the volume yourself, state that separately as your own
measurement or estimate
Average weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz.
***EDIT: Same question: is this the manufacturer's claimed weight? If
so, note that; if it's what you've personally measured, note that.
Ideally, give both (see other pack reviews on backpackgeartest.org
The pack is an internal frame.
***EDIT: "The pack has an internal frame" or "The Contour III is an
It always looks like you're carrying around
than you really are due to the long, narrow shape of the pack.
***EDIT: Make this personal - e.g., "It always looks like I'm
carrying..." or "The pack always looks to me like I'm carrying..."
I took this pack along my entire North to South thru-hike in 2002
(also year of
and have taken it on every trip since then here in the eastern
held the 55lbs I was foolish enough to pack in it for the 100 mile
Maine without a problem, but I typically carry up to 25 lbs.
***EDIT: It would be great to hear a bit more about the conditions
you experienced (and congratulations on the N-S Thru-hike!); one
thing you don't mention in the review is how the pack held up to
weather and precipitation - that would be a useful addition.
The features that stand out with the Contour III are the extra
padding and the
The APS system is series of adjustable stops on the frame of the pack
the user to essentially change the length dimension of the pack's frame.
***EDIT: "length of" - "dimension" is redundant
The pack is infinitely adjustable with lots of straps...but you pay
for them in weight.
***EDIT: consider rewording this to remove "you" - e.g., "but they
compartment makes a great stowing place for raingear and other stuff
you need to
quick or want to keep separate from the rest of your gear as there's
between this compartment and the rest of the pack.
***EDITS: "stuff I need to get to quickly" and "rest of my gear,
as" (i.e., make first person, plus add comma for readability)
The pack is hydration compatible, but I didn't use the feature.
***EDIT QUESTION: Can you describe this a bit more? What do they mean
by "hydration compatible"? (E.g., a sleeve for a bladder, an opening
(how big, how many, where?) for the hose and bite valve.)
The Contour III is made of tough stuff. The pack material is pretty much
everything (except mice).
***EDIT: "has been pretty much" to make it about your experience,
rather than projecting future experience
pack down to barebones (eliminating the top pouch, cutting tags and
etc.) the pack
weighs more than its peers.
***EDITS: "bare bones"; what do you consider its peers, and do you
feel comfortable making this comparative statement? A way around the
latter would be to say it weighs more than you would prefer, or
something along those lines.
Since purchasing a hefty camera, I have had to retire the pack for a
***EDIT QUESTION: not sure I understand the connection here; how did
purchasing a hefty camera lead you to retire this pack for a lighter
I think the
APS system is nice, but unecessary.
I recommend the pack to weekend trippers and (gasp) long distance
hikers will get used to the weight in the long run and appreciate the
comfort. I do
not recommend it for those who typically hike for 3-5 days at a time.
time to get used to the weight.
***EDIT: This last sentence is projecting what others might
experience; instead, stick to what you've personally experienced.
This whole section might better be stated as how you prefer to use
the pack (e.g., you were happy using it for long-distance hiking, as
you got used to the weight).
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