Women's Fit (ND)

Lowe Alpine pioneered women's fit backpacks back in the late 1970’s. Originally, the acronym ND stood for Nanda Devi, the name of a Hindu Goddess and the tallest mountain in India. We now prefer to define ND as Narrower Dimensions as this more closely reflects the refined geometry of the women’s back systems.

As a company who prides itself on being pack experts, we have done a lot of research about how men and women differ physiologically and how this affects the fit and design of a pack.

This difference in men’s and women’s anthropometrics demands a smaller back length and a hip belt designed to accommodate the female pelvic girdle. The result is a range of women specific packs recognised as being the most comfortable on the market.

 

Do you know the difference?

Depending on the size of the pack, and the load it is intended to carry, the differences in the men's and women's pack vary. Below is a list of the differences on our top end backpacking packs, many of these differences can also be found on other ranges.

Back Length

Women often have a shorter back length (torso) than men, and this is reflected in the backsystem. This also means our ND fit packs are often a great fit for teenagers too. To learn more about back length click here

Hipbelt

The hipbelt to shoulder ratio is adapted to fit the ratio of the average woman.

Shoulder Straps

Shoulder straps on the ND packs are shorter, to coincide with the back length. They also have a slightly different shape to accommodate women's breasts.

Load Distribution

Men and women carry, generally, prefer to carry loads in different ways. Women prefer the weight lower on the back. Along with the short back length and wider hip to shoulder ratio, this means the packs are shorter, wider, and deeper than the men's version.

Did you know??

In 1979 we decided to start marking the big Lowe Alpine packs adjustable to fit smaller bodies - and custom packs with narrower shoulder pads were also built on demand. By 1981 we'd developed this into a full range and launched the 'Nanda Devi Series' paving the way for women in the in the backpacking industry.

The range is named after the Nanda Devi Mountain, which stands at 7,816m tall in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas. It is the highest mountain located entirely in India. The first ascent was by Bill Tilman and Noel Odell on the 29th of August 1936. However, it was closed to mountaineers and locals in 1983 in respect to the religious significance and the protection of its ecosystem.

Nanda Devi is also the name of the Goddess who is identified with the mountain, she is known locally as a ‘daughter’ of the region, who is said to have married the god Shiva. The songs and rites connected with her have strong links to the Himalayan women of the region.

Women's Hiking Packs

AirZone Trek+ ND45:55
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AirZone Trek+ ND45:55

45 + 10lt | 65 x 34 x 31cm | 1.70kg

A female specific fit, an adjustable AirZone Centro ventilated back system and dual compartment organisation with lower entry make the AirZone Trek + ND the right pack for women with serious hill walking ambitions on the horizon.

AirZone Trek+ ND33:40
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AirZone Trek+ ND33:40

33 + 7lt | 65 x 33 x 30cm | 1.56kg

A female specific fit, an adjustable AirZone Centro ventilated back system and dual compartment organisation with lower entry make the AirZone Trek + ND the right pack for women with serious hill walking ambitions on the horizon.

Airzone Trail ND32
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Airzone Trail ND32

32lt | 60 x 30 x 30cm | 1.23kg

The Trail ND (Women's) features our updated AirZone technology, a simple top-loading, single compartment design and a set of functional features. The perfect combination for trail hounds and hill walkers.

AirZone Hike ND28
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AirZone Hike ND28

28lt | 60 x 29 x 28cm | 1.25kg

The Hike ND (women's specific) features the AirZone back system, a single compartment design, stretch mesh front and side pockets, and expandable volume side pockets. A no fuss, day hiking companion.

Airzone Trek ND35
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Airzone Trek ND35

35lt | 64 x 33 x 29cm | 1.30kg

The new AirZone Trek ND (women specific) features our breathable, ventilated AirZone back system, tough ripstop fabric and dual internal compartments with lower entry. A 4-season hiking workhorse.

AirZone Pro+ ND 33:40
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AirZone Pro+ ND 33:40

33 + 7lt | 63 x 34 x 31cm | 1.54kg

The AirZone Centro adjustable back, side entry, tough fabric and our AdaptiveFit harness and hipbelt make the AirZone Pro the perfect pack for 4-season hillwalkers and lightweight trekking enthusiasts.

Airzone Trail ND24
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Airzone Trail ND24

24lt | 61 x 30 x 26cm | 1.19kg

The Trail ND (Women's) features our updated AirZone technology, a simple top-loading, single compartment design and a set of functional features. The perfect combination for trail hounds and hill walkers.

AirZone Z Duo ND25
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AirZone Z Duo ND25

25lt | 48 x 30 x 27cm | 1.15kg

The Z Duo ND (Women's specific) is a zip entry, dual compartment pack that delivers on comfort and practicality while offering a feature set perfect for hiking, biking and exploring the mountains.

AirZone Z ND18
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AirZone Z ND18

18lt | 48 x 30 x 23cm | 1.02kg

The Z ND (Women's specific) is our flagship zip-entry AirZone. This popular design includes large stretch front and side pockets and all the features you've come to expect from our hiking range.

AirZone Z ND14
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AirZone Z ND14

14lt | 47 x 27 x 22cm | 1.00kg

The Z ND (Women's specific) is our flagship zip-entry AirZone. This popular design includes large stretch front and side pockets and all the features you've come to expect from our hiking range.

Eclipse ND42:52
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Eclipse ND42:52

42 + 10lt | 60 x 38 x 31cm | 1.25kg

Lightweight performance and intuitive, design-led features make this multi-day adventure womens backpack the go-to solution for high performance carrying comfort.

Eclipse ND32
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Eclipse ND32

32lt | 50 x 30 x 28cm | 0.90kg

Hike, bike, ski, run, never stop moving with this award-winning multi-function backpack. Featuring intuitive functionality, an adjustable back and a large zip entry.

Eclipse ND22
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Eclipse ND22

22lt | 47 x 24 x 23cm | 0.87kg

Hike, bike, ski, run, never stop moving with this award-winning multi-function backpack. Featuring intuitive functionality, an adjustable back and a large zip entry.

Women's Backpacking Packs

Cerro Torre ND60:80
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Cerro Torre ND60:80

60 + 20lt | 76 x 36 x 29cm | 2.60kg

A Legendary women's specific trekking workhorse. The new Cerro Torre features front and lower entry, a tough TriShield coated fabric, and the Axiom 7 back system.

Manaslu ND55:65
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Manaslu ND55:65

55 + 10lt | 71 x 36 x 29cm | 2.23kg

A future classic. The Manaslu delivers serious function while looking great. Featuring Axiom 5 technology, front entry and stretch mesh front and side pockets.

Diran ND65:75
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Diran ND65:75

65 + 10lt | 77 x 36 x 29cm | 2.30kg

The ideal balance of technical and value. Featuring Axiom 3 carrying technology, front and lower access, large side pockets and a host of other backpacking features.

Cholatse ND60:70
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Cholatse ND60:70

60 + 10lt | 70 x 37 x 38cm | 1.71kg

Planning your next mountain fix? Lightweight trekking has never been this good. The Cholatse range features an adjustable, ventilated back system, dual compartments and front and lower entry options.

Cholatse ND50
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Cholatse ND50

50lt | 70 x 35 x 34cm | 1.50kg

Planning your next mountain fix? Lightweight trekking has never been this good. The Cholatse range features an adjustable, ventilated back system, dual compartments and front and lower entry options.

Cholatse ND45
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Cholatse ND45

45lt | 70 x 35 x 34cm | 1.58kg

The Cholatse is a comfortable, supportive and adjustable pack you can rely on for backpacking and multi day hut to hut trekking.

Cholatse ND35
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Cholatse ND35

35lt | 69 x 30 x 28cm | 1.36kg

Move fast, pack less and stay comfortable. The 35L capacity is enough for all the essentials on short, multi-day adventures. Hidden lash points and dual compartments make this the ideal modern adventure companion.

Women's Climbing Packs

Mountain Ascent ND 38:48
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Mountain Ascent ND 38:48

38:48lt | 70 x 32 x 30cm | 1.32kg

The Mountain Ascent ND 38:48 is the mountaineers pack of choice, comfortable and fully-featured, it is ideal for multi-discipline mountain use and hut-to-hut travel.

Alpine Ascent ND 38:48
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Alpine Ascent ND 38:48

38:48lt | 65 x 30 x 26cm | 1.01kg

The Alpine Ascent ND 38:48 is clean and lightweight, the ideal companion on high alpine peaks, winter climbs and summer rock routes.

Alpine Ascent ND 28
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Alpine Ascent ND 28

28lt | 54 x 30 x 23cm | 0.87kg

The Alpine Ascent ND 28 is clean and lightweight, the ideal companion on high alpine peaks, winter climbs and summer rock routes.

Peak Ascent ND 38
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Peak Ascent ND 38

38lt | 65 x 31 x 26cm | 1.00kg

The Peak Ascent ND 38 is a clean and functional excellent value backpack, ideal for entry level alpine and winter mountaineering

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