The Guide is a retro-style 25litre pack that Lowe Alpine have produced to mark their 50-year anniversary. It’s a stiff backed, canvas affair that’s stuffed full of compartments to keep valuables, laptop, stationary and whatever else you need for the day tidily organised. In addition there’s a top/bottom divider with zips allowing one big compartment or two smaller ones – for keeping outdoor gear separate, for example. There’s no hipbelt or sternam strap and so it’s not built for long days or technical ground, but it is surprisingly robust and water resistant, and smart-casual enough to use for work and then head out on the bike or run afterwards.
VERDICT: A vintage style, non techy ‘urban-outdoors’ pack.
BEST FOR: Day and evening trips, balancing work and play.
Review by David Lintern @