A couple with Osprey backpacks packing up after camping in rocky mountains


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Greg, Mike and Jeff Lowe were raised on the move, spending their childhood climbing, skiing, hunting and hiking. By their twenties, the brothers had become the leading climbers of their generation - pushing forward the boundaries of what was possible. But they hit a wall.


The external framed backpacks available to them at the time were too heavy and unstable. They realised that to progress further in the mountains they needed a new kind of pack that could carry gear more securely, whilst letting them move more freely on demanding terrain.


In 1967, they designed, tested and launched the ‘Expedition Pack’ from Lowe Alpine Systems. It featured a revolutionary internal frame, compression straps and many other original features. The pack changed the outdoor industry forever, becoming the blueprint from which all modern, technical backpacks are derived.


Today, over 50 years later, Lowe Alpine remains an independent backpack specialist run by outdoor enthusiasts who are at their happiest on the move.


Our passion drives us to keep improving our world-class carry systems – ensuring our customers experience incredible freedom of movement outdoors, whichever one of our packs they choose and however much gear they need to put in it.


So, whether you’re hiking a trail, heading up a mountain, or travelling to the other side of the world, our packs are built to help you make the most of life on the move. 


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