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Nice, but returning it...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Note that this pack is also known as the Kea; Kata is the older name for it.

Purchased this pack and was excited to see it arrive in the mail. I was looking for a pack for day hiking, late overnighting, and perhaps use as a luggage carry-on. What I found was one giant storage area, plus one kangaroo pocket, plus...Nothing else! While 37 L and above sizes feature side pockets and basic organizational features, the 30 L pack has no hip belt pockets, and no external sidepocket, and very little to keep it organized. No bladder pocket either.

I returned this pack and got the Axios 35 instead. Much happier with the Axios. It's about the same size as the Kata/Kea, but it has external pockets, more pockets within the brain of the pack, and somehow seems smaller even though it's bigger.

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That is the way alpine climbing packs are supposed to be made- light and simple.

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Yeah... I think I was more pointing out the fact that there's a big difference in organizational features between the 37 and the 30L versions...almost to the point that they are different packs.