[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible” margin_top=”5px” margin_bottom=”5px” background_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_separator style_type=”none” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container][fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowe-alpine-spark-18-6.jpg” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Lowe Alpine Spark 18 review[/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowe-alpine-spark-18-5.jpg” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Lowe Alpine Spark 18 review[/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”5px” bottom_margin=”5px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]Whilst filling our cooking pots with garlic onions and chicken and waiting for socks to dry in Windermere in September last year, we were also making a journey plan to Kendal.

For in Kendal is the Lowe Alpine HQ!

I’d made contact with the Area Sales Manager, Stephen on a few occasions through my old workplace, I managed an outdoor and expedition branch in London. Stephen on many occasions filled my brain with back systems, zips, latest trends and new designs. I was soon to be leaving the company and was lucky to meet Stephen before I ventured off and we got chatting about our own adventures and future travel plans which lead to an invitation to the Lowe Alpine headquarters during our upcoming trip to the Lake District.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”5px” bottom_margin=”5px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowe-alpine-spark-18-3.jpg” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Lowe Alpine Spark 18 review[/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowe-alpine-spark-18-4.jpg” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Lowe Alpine Spark 18 review[/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”5px” bottom_margin=”5px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowe-alpine-spark-18-2.jpg” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Lowe Alpine Spark 18 review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”5px” bottom_margin=”5px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]Due to the nature of my job back then and an eye for great quality and brands, I quickly fell for Lowe Alpine and the more I talked about the brand with fellow travellers and adventurers, the quicker I realised there is a huge community of Alpines out there!

We were greeted by the Chief Designer and a good cup of coffee which was much needed after the awful nights sleep we’d just had, and were put right into the tour. First, the design department. Woah this place is awesome! My secondary school had a design technology focus and it was almost like going back, just with ten years worth of technology and better materials whacked on top. There was stuff everywhere, bolts and buckles, zips and straps, wads of different materials, you name it, it was great fun. We learnt the history of Lowe Alpine and its progression in design over the years and gave opinions on materials currently being used in the latest backpack designs before being shown the prototypes and that process.

We were given further short lectures as we went from room to room, from the very first stages of design, to materials, waterproofing, measurement of litres, the markets all over the world, right through to production. We finished off in the showroom being guided around the new SS16 collection. Bags, this place was a sight.

To think the, that one idea working its way through the process, being displayed in the showroom, then supplied and finally fitted and bought by us, the consumer takes roughly 3 years is absolutely insane. Food for thought when purchasing your next bag.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”5px” bottom_margin=”5px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowe-alpine-spark-18-7.jpg” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] Lowe Alpine Spark 18 review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”5px” bottom_margin=”5px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]Lunch time called and before we headed back to find camp, we were given a pair of the 2016 Spark 18L back packs to trial. I took the brighter of the two in green and here’s how I’ve got on with it over the past six months;

I honestly haven’t used any other bag since bringing the Spark back to London. I bought a competing backpack specifically for the Lake District trip and though great, there is little comparison. Both built for different things and granted, I wouldn’t carry a 33 ltr as a casual day bag but I did lump it in the boot of the car and swapped it for the Spark for the rest of the trip.

The Lowe Alpine Spark 18 is super light weight (340g) and very comfortable. The bag benefits from having a single compartment and a draw cord closing which are both fantastic features for us less fussy types.

18L is a great and plenty size and it allows you (me) to pack sensibly, I took a 60ltr bag across North Africa which is probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever done. The Spark is perfect for the overnight mircoadventure and/or daily commute.

The Lowe Alpine Spark 18 has a nifty waist belt which helps massively when carrying a bit of extra weight and never gets in the way when not in use, I’ve currently got mine buckled together which sit nicely along the base of the bag and has never bothered me.

The Spark has a hydration sleeve and an internal zipped security pocket and a daisy chain feature on the front which you can hang all kinds of stuff from. I attached wet socks to the walking pole attachments once and they soon dried out.

One of the best things about this bag is knowing it can get a little beaten, after six months mine is pretty filthy and had a bashing but hasn’t torn or ripped. The fabric is a N6.6 Mini Rip (100% nylon).

I’m such a ball of joy when hidden features come into play with adventure kit and my fave one to date is the lightly cushioned sit mat which hides in a zipped pocket at the back of the pack.

The Lowe Alpine Spark 18 is a great pack and I couldn’t rate it enough. It retails between £30-£40.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”5px” bottom_margin=”5px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/IMG_2108.jpg” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”5px” bottom_margin=”5px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]Here are the specifics and some snaps;

Fabric: N6.6 Mini Rip (100% nylon, 210D)
Single compartment
Drawcord closure.
Hydration sleeve
Internal zipped security pocket
Modular ice axe and pole lash sytem
Lash points
Removable sit mat
Lightweight
Daisy chain
Sternum strap with whistle
Capacity: 18L
Dimensions: 48 x 29 x 26cm
Weight: 340g[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”5px” bottom_margin=”5px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_3″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowe-alpine-spark-18-9.jpg” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ 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