The Khamski can ski.
You're in for a great day when you have your powder skis underfoot, the Arc'teryx Khamski 31 Backpack behind you, and untracked backcountry terrain in front of you. You loaded everything you need for a day in the snowy mountains in the backpack's big top access, and you can easily pull out a layer via the secondary side access point. Acrteryx's C² Composite Construction equips the Khamski with a framesheet for flexibility, removable aluminum stays for stability, and cushy spacermesh at the shoulder straps and back panel. Arc'teryx built this backpack out of durable nylons with fully taped seams and a laminated waist belt for waterproof protection.
The Khamski features a sleeve for your own hydration reservoir, and it can carry your skis diagonally or as an A-frame. It also carries snowboards or splitboards vertically, as well as ice axes and ski poles. There's an easy-to-access compartment for your shovel, probe, and skins. The top lid removes for extra convenience, and it has a pocket for goggles, keys, or a spare beanie. The kangaroo pockets stash energy gels and food, and there are two internal pockets for securing valuables and stashing garbage.
- C² Composite Construction
- Top and side accesses
- Removable top lid
- Hydration compatible
- Diagonal or A-frame ski carry
- Vertical snowboard or splitboard carry
- Avalanche gear compartment
- Dual P'ax ice axe attachment
- Dual haul loops
- Kangaroo, internal security and stash pockets
- Item #ARC00AP
- Q & A
Awesome and Awful
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This pack has some awesome features and some awful ones. I ended up returning the product after trying it for one weekend. The awesome is the hip belt and shoulder straps. Best I have ever used on a backcountry pack. Perfect in every way. The awful is the ice-axe carry. The stretchy bungee system does not stay put and your tool ends up flopping all over the place. Simply unacceptable. I also think there is too much volume in the tool pocket and not enough in the regular (layers, lunch) pocket. This ends up making the top load for the regular pocket really difficult to reach into and find what you want because it is constricted by the tool pocket. I ended up banging my knuckles either on my shovel handle or the pack frame whenever reaching into the top-load.
Seems like it might be hard to get to avi safety gear with that bag that lashes on top? Is that true?
Does this have a helmet carry feature?