Arc'teryx Khamsin 50
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 3b lbs.
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $163
Suspension: Despite the pack's small size, its shoulder straps are thicker and more comfortable than those on my Gregory Wind River, which is twice as large. The Khamsin 50's hip belt would rival any expedition pack's hip belt in comfort - a rare attribute for a weekend pack! The pack's lumbar pad is about average for a weekend pack, though. For superior load control, the pack utilizes two stays instead of one. The pack is incredibly adjustable and the sculpted foam backpad is chanelled for ventilation.
Features: The best feature on this pack is the side access zipper which makes loading and unloading a snap. The heavy duty side zipper and the reinforcing side compression straps ensure that there won't be any blow-out disasters with this pack. Another nice feature is the zippered, external pocket that can be removed to reduce the pack's weight (4 lbs, 10 ozs.). The external pocket hinges away from the pack so that items such as a sleeping pad or rain shell can be carried externally; it acts very much like a Shove-It pocket, but it's much more versatile. The pack also features a pair of wand pockets large enough for water bottles.
Usage: If one packs carefully and carries a bivy sack instead of a tent and a highly compressible sleeping bag, the Khamsin 50 can hold enough gear to comfortably sustain a person in the wilderness during the spring, summer, or fall for four days and three nights. BEWARE that the bottom of the Khamsin 50 is tapered and that it will not accomodate a fat synthetic bag.
Craftsmanship: The craftsmanship on this pack is superior. The pack is MADE IN CANADA and it shows.
Complaint: My only major complaint is that the zippered, external pocket is a bit small.
Price: The pack lists for $233, but I picked mine up a few weeks ago at Climb High in Shelburne, Vermont, on sale for $163.
Design: internal frame
Size: 50 liters (approx. 3,000 cu.in.)
Number of Pockets: toploader with inside and outside lid pockets, and crampon/ice tool pocket
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs.?
Height of Owner: 5'10''
Price Paid: $209 Canadian
A fabulous pack. Although many people mock me for this, I think it easily rivals the Dana Bomb (for the record, I am a huge Dana fan).
Backpacker gave it a perfect score and called it the best weekend pack -- I couldn't agree more. I bought the pack for one to five day trips in the Alps this summer -- it's definitely one of the best purchases of outdoor gear I've ever made. The pack is incredibly comfortable, and remarkably well designed.
A couple examples: the hipbelt, which is removable, pivots, so it moves with the hips. This is great for hiking, and fabulous when climbing, because it allows extra flexibility.
Also, the pack is extremely modifiable -- the aluminum stays and also the framesheet can be removed. I generally use just the frame sheet for day trips, and add the stays for longer trips. No frame sheet would be for the summit dash -- I haven't had a chance to try that yet. The shoulder straps and hipbelt are thermoformed, which translates into great comfort. I could go on and on . . . anyway, basically a very well made pack, with excellent materials and great design. And Arc'teryx stands behind its products completely. You can't go wrong with this one.
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For alpine climbers who want a few more features than your average stripped-to-nothing pack, Arc'teryx created the Khamsin 50 Backpack. Two aluminum stays and a dual-density frame sheet help support your load, and they can be removed to shave weight. Arc'teryx also added an emergency bivy pad for those unexpected nights in the open. The Khamsin 50 Backpack includes a collapsible kangaroo pocket that holds you crampons, screws, or extra layers then tucks out of the way for the climbing. When you need to get to something buried deep in this bag, just unzip the waterproof side access instead of going in through the top and risking a spill from 15 pitches up a route. *Only available for US shipment.
- Backcountry Outlet
Ideal for gear laden daytrips and overnight forays into the alpine, the Arc'teryx Khamsin 50 Backpack is a well balanced mid-sized mountaineering pack. Loaded with alpine features and highly strippable, this pack can deliver a payload and then be compressed for a close to the body fit when traveling light to the summit. Composite horizontal frame Glove-friendly, snow-shedding buckles Emergency bivy insulation pad Laminated shoulder straps Two ice axe keepers Kangaroo pocket
Give yourself the assurance of enough space on your gear-laden daytrips or light overnights - fill the ARCTERYX Khamsin 50 Backpack with exactly what you need without the weight that you don't. Built to be highly modular, you can even strip this pack down to the absolute minimum for that final summit push.
- Mountain Gear
On Sale. Free Shipping. Arcteryx Khamsin 50 Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Arcteryx Khamsin 50 Pack Top loading pack with removable top lid and Watertight full length side zipper V-Frame suspension with twin removable aluminium stays and composite horizontal frame member for support Laminated shoulder straps and removable webbing hip belt with thermoformed hip pods Glove-friendly, snow shedding buckles Emergency bivouac insulation pad Removable dual-density frame sheet Two front compression straps and four compression straps; two on each side Two ice axe keepers with dongles, two ice axe keepers, and two injection molded reversible/ removable gear loops Kangaroo pocket The SPECS Fabric: 100D Invista HT Mini Ripstop with silicone and PU coatings, 210D Invista HT Rip-storm, 420D Invista HT Plain Weave, 630D Invista HT Super pack nylon, EV 50 foam Hypalon, 6061 aluminium stays The SPECS for Short Weight: 67 oz / 1.9 kg Volume: 2746 cubic inches / 45 liter, Extends To: 3051 cubic inches / 50 liter The SPECS for Regular Weight: 74 oz / 2.1 kg Volume: 3051 cubic inches / 50 liter, Extends To: 3356 cubic inches / 55 liter The SPECS for Tall Weight: 78 oz / 2.2 kg Volume: 3356 cubic inches / 55 liter, Extends To: 3661 cubic inches / 60 liter OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean. This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.