Gear Review

4 5

almost perfect pack but...

First of all, the materials and workmanship of this pack are among the finest. Arc'teryx must be commanded for that. I find this pack very well designed, originally targeted for skiing, but very versatile and multi-use, can be used for light backpacking and climbing. Other reviewers mentioned that some features are missing. Indeed, this pack is rather minimalist (hence very light) but I find that there are enough pockets (main, kangaroo, outer pouch, top lid, map pocket). Diagonal ski carrying is really a big miss. My biggest complaint is regarding the shoulder straps and hipbelt. The fit and load carrying capability is indeed amazing. However the straps and hipbelt are not as heavily padded as other comparable sized packs (for example Arc'teryx M40 or RT45). And the volume of the Khamski is huge, more than the 43L of the specs actually. The hipbelt is almost only fabric! Yet it performs better than competition. I would give this pack five stars if the shoulder straps and hipbelt were more padded.