If you’re a climber, the name Lowe might ring a few bells and not just because of Lowe Alpine Packs. Greg, Jeff, and Mike Lowe were raised in and around the mountains, quickly becoming well-known alpinists in the late 60s and beyond, but they found that for all of their prowess, there seemed to be a major limiting factor to their outdoor pursuits and that factor was the external frame backpack. While it allowed them to carry a large amount of gear, it ultimately proved bulky and overly clunky in technical terrain, and Greg decided to do something about it.
In 1967, Greg launched a backpack using an internal frame that would not only carry all the gear needed for an endeavor into the mountains but would also seamlessly move with the user. If you’re saying to yourself, “well that just sounds like a backpack to me”, then you're probably a millennial and we challenge you to google 'external frame backpack' to see what we’re talking about. Go on, we’ll wait.
Since the release of Greg’s Expedition pack, external frame backpacks have gone the way of the dodo, leaving most climbing packs these days looking slim, sleek, and easily transporting your gear from point A to point B, all thanks to Lowe Alpine. So the next time you're loading up an ultra-comfortable daypack, alpine backpack, or expedition backpack, go ahead and give a shout out to Lowe Alpine for making it happen.