First Look: ALPS Mountaineering Tempo 18 Drawstring Pack

Not all backpacks and bags need to be tactical to be useful. In fact, blending in with the environment is often more useful than all the MOLLE webbing in the world. A good example of a useful but decidedly non-tactical backpack is the Alps Mountaineering Tempo 18 drawstring bag.

An ultra-light backpack, the Tempo 18 is designed for cycling, short hikes and family trips to the local park. It holds 18 liters of gear and is best suited for light and bulky materials. Things like windbreakers, rain ponchos, extra socks, dry snacks, layers, and similar gear would work great in the Tempo 18.

Alps Mountaineering uses 70D ripstop nylon in the bag. For its weight, it is a solid material. While a 500D or 1000D nylon will be significantly stronger, 70D offers exceptional toughness for its mass. Unloaded, the Tempo 18 weighs only 6 ounces.

Lightweight bags can often suffer from uncomfortable carrying straps. Alps Mountaineering attempts to change that with the 3D mesh shoulder straps used on the Tempo 18. The shoulder straps are fully adjustable and promote airflow.

The main compartment of this bag has a drawstring closure. There are no sub-compartments inside the main storage area. On the exterior of the Tempo 18 are a pair of mesh water bottle pockets and a front quick release pocket. It also has a carry handle on top of the bag.

The Tempo 18 is affordable at just $34.99 and can be purchased at a wide range of sporting and outdoor stores across the country. The company backs the Tempo 18 with a lifetime warranty. For a lightweight, quality bag that can carry your important gear without attracting attention, this ALPS Mountaineering bag might be just what you need. More information on this product and other equipment from Alps Mountaineering can be found at