Rating: 3 / 5
Review of Lowe Nanon 50:60
I used the Nanon on three walks.
1. A three day walk in wet cold conditions.
2. A four day trip in mild to warm conditions.
4. A two day walk in warm to hot conditions.
How would I describe the Nanon 50:60 succinctly? Well a good reasonably lightweight rucksack which could be better.
It is comfortable to carry, a useful size, leaks like a sieve, has fiddly narrow straps, has a constricted front pocket, a fiddly combined central strap for the lid and to cinch down the throat and doesn’t stand upright.
Size and weight
The sack is of a useful size for me.
I measured the volume using polystyrene balls out of a bean bag. My measurement was 52 litres for the main compartment and three litres for the lid pocket and front pocket combined. A total of 55 litres (3355cubic inches). This is slightly different to the BPL size of 53 litres
Weight 1.42 kg (3.12 lb)
Made from dyneema fabric. It seems tough.
The medium back length is a fraction short for me. However I did find it very comfortable for loads of 10 to 15Kg (22 to 33lb). The hip belt is comfortable although I found the smaller buckle a little less easy to use than the normal 50mm (2 Inch). That is the cost of lower weight. Lowe claims that the harness is adjustable. I agree with Roger Caffin’s assessment that the adjustment system does not alter the back length. Nevertheless I did find lengthening the shoulder strap by adjusting the buckle hidden behind the lumber pad did improve comfort compared to lengthening by the front buckle. Perhaps that is to do with the curve and length of the padded section of the shoulder strap.
The internal frame is a non-removable sheet of hard plastic and a U-shaped bit of high-tensile steel wire to give the curved back. The wire is not that easy to remove or replace.
I changed the shape of the wire. I curved it in towards my neck so as bring the load closer to my spine. The factory curve was away from the spine which seems to be the opposite of common wisdom.
The mesh used for ventilation seemed to have some value. It is needed as otherwise ones back would be up against the hard plastic sheet covered with dyneema fabric. This would be a sweat trap.
There is a zipper at the bottom of the left side to access the main bag. I considered this superfluous and I sealed it with silicone sealant as I always use a waterproof liner. Therefore the zipper is no use.
I don’t like the narrow webbing and buckles especially in cold weather. They are awkward to use.
The zippers have easy to use loop pullers but are unfortunately not waterproof and have no protective flap.
The lid pocket is a nice size, about two litres. It has a secure internal zippered pocket. There is a key clip. It is a floating lid with elastic binding and uses three straps at the back and two at the front. The tho front straps are too short when the pack is full. The two back straps to each side are easy to use but the central one is awkward as it is supposed to act as cinch strap over the extension throat.
The front pocket is quite thin. It is connected at the sides and the bottom to the main bag producing a slot. When the sack is packed full then it constricts this slot and the pocket. This means little can be carried, which some might say is a good feature. True but I found it too small and tight. The slot can be used to carry a sit mat or a very waterproof map or a small groundsheet. Not sure as to how useful it is or worth the extra fabric or complexity.
There is a bladder pocket inside the main bag with an exit port at the top right. This hole has only a marginal protection flap to prevent rain entry. I think I will fix this.
There are two small waist pockets, one each side on the hip belt. I found them just too small although you can store a few lollies and their wrappers in them, or a magnetic compass or a whistle etc.
There are also lash points, walking pole straps and tip holders and a pair of mat loops at the lower front if you like to carry sleeping mats that way. However they need to be small foam mats etc has the loops only hold a small diameter. This is probably fine for weight conscious walkers.
The pack is the least waterproof one I have owned. Not a good feature. Fortunately I use a waterproof liner. A rain cover would be a good idea.
1.Use waterproof zippers or cover them with flap.
2.Use wider straps.
3.Remove the bottom side access zipper
4.Improve the middle back lid strap
5.Make the waist pockets larger.
6.Cover the bladder hose port with a larger flap.
7.Add a little more volume to the front pocket.
Overall it seems well made.
It is comfortable to carry loads which is a critical factor.