Being a 90’s child, it’s not often these days that I find something, other than hideous camping trips (camping and not glamping!), that puts me on a real nostalgia trip as most of the gadgets and gizmos are still readily available. However when I came across the Lowe Alpine Pioneer 26, I instantly fell in love and just had to grab one because everything about it reminded me of the glory days – my free-spirited, adventure filled youth!
The Pioneer 26 is a tough canvas fabric bag with zipped ‘bucket’ style opening which instantly oozes the retro look everyone loves. Inside there are a myriad of features all centring around an internal A4 styled organiser with zipped security pocket keeps your valuables in order – the ideal place to store my tamagotchi, gel pens and Discman! This practical pack also has an external padded compartment which helps well in the modern-day as it neatly fits a 15.6inch laptop or tablet – a slight upgrade from the black and white Gameboy, which I still own if you thought I had turned my back on the past.
If the 20 litre main compartment isn’t enough space, the external lid and front pocket keeps the essential items to hand and is a great place to stuff your phone, keys and wallet/purse. The bag has a hydroshield finish, for water resistance, finished with tan leather details giving it a stylish edge whilst keeping that outdoor camper, happy-go-lucky vibe to it. It’s not bulky and weighs in at only 960g and all the faff of an outdoor bag packed with zips, straps and clips is gone leaving a simple, plain functionality. It’s a retro, back to basics bag on the outside with the interior to match the modern-day, techno-savvy lifestyle.
In the 21st century, I have moved on from evenings spent with my Nintendo 64 playing Street Fighter and swapping Pokemon Cards until I got a shiny Charizard, and now spend many an evening at the local bouldering centre or out on some small crags in an old quarry – but I still need a functional pack to fit in all of my gear. The Pioneer 26 from Lowe Alpine gives me the space I need for all my bouldering gear and all the extra tat that I end up taking in place of having a bouldering bag and a handbag too.
With all the use this bag is certain to get, it’s going to get a few bumps, scrapes and pick up the dirt along the way. Especially with the way I eagerly throw it on the floor as I’m bursting with excitement to get to the climbs quicker. Caring for this pack couldn’t be easier – you just wipe it clean with warm soapy water and leave it to dry. Click if you need any hints and tips on How to Clean your Rucksack as we have a handy blog just for you.
Performance Ratings – as voted for by me!
Overall Fit: ★★★✩✩
This Lowe Alpine Pioneer 26 is superb – one of the best value daysacks, with ample space, I have ever owned. Be sure to Like this Post and Subscribe to our Blog for latest Product Reviews and if you want to know any more information that has not been covered leave us a comment! Click to see more Lowe Alpine packs here at e-OUTDOOR
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