Lightweight Simplicity with the Lowe Alpine Fuse 20 Pack

Lately, most of my travels have required me to pack a lightweight daypack for everyday adventures, and it’s been hard to pick which one to bring along from the ones available in my gear shed.

One of my favorites happens to be the simplest: the Lowe Alpine Fuse 20 pack.

When you need the lightest possible pack, you don’t have to have all the bells and whistles of a bunch of pockets and other elements that just add weight. This backpack, weighing 11.9 ounces, is simple and yet has some sweet extras.

The stiffened weather flap opening to the main compartment is controlled by a simple drawcord with stiffened weather flap opening, allowing quick access without fumbling. Daisy chain lash points are angled across the front of the pack to allow external carry items, and there’s an additional ice axe/pole lash system for mountain excursions. Need a dry and non-icy seat during your adventures? A removable sit mat means you can make the most of the mountain views without losing too much body heat.

There’s an internal, zippered security pocket and a key clip, so you don’t lose your important small items in the main compartment with everything else. The pack is also hydration compatible, so you can carry water along whether you’re hiking, running, climbing, biking, skiing, or just zipping around town during the day.

The shoulder straps are comfortable, and there’s a waist belt and sternum strap to keep the weight of the pack appropriately distributed. Smash the pack flat to pack it in your suitcase when you’re done, and it will hardly take up any room.

The Fuse 20 pack comes in denim, berry, black, auburn, and shaded spruce, and lists for $40 on the Lowe Alpine site.

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Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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