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Fjallraven Kajka 75

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I have carried large packs (65 to 105 L) in all kinds…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $200

Summary

I have carried large packs (65 to 105 L) in all kinds of environments for years now. The Kajka 75 is more comfortable and easier to organize than any of them!

Pros

  • two large side bellow pockets
  • G-1000 material is tough as nails
  • suspension system is amazing
  • easy to access H2O bottle pockets
  • full front panel opening
  • drying area for wet gear
  • adjustable shoulder strap width

Cons

  • heavy materials
  • spendy purchase price
  • minimum external lashing points

After carrying the Bora 95 from Arc'Teryx for several years of leading trips and the Gregory Denali Pro on personal adventures, The Fjall Raven Kajka is, hands down, the most comfortable large pack I have ever carried!  

The hip belt is very easy to tighten and stays where it should be, on my hips, not on my butt. The load lifters moved the weight to different muscle groups with ease and allowed me to extend my travel days from 5-7 miles to 8-11 miles. The torso length can be adjusted with ease. The width of the shoulder straps can also be adjusted with some snaps and velcro, this made the pack just as comfortable over a t-shirt as it was over down and fleece layers.

Usually a large capacity pack swallows gear, but hesitates to give it back up. Often only a side zipper or a front panel opens to give the user access to gear packed in the middle of the load. Not so with the Kajka!  The entire front panel opens up with the ease of rolling luggage to display the pack's entire contents all at once. Compression straps on the top and sides, along with velcro, and vertical zippers make this a reliable panel loading system with no failure points.

The zippers are never under stress, unlike panel loaders with curved zippers or book-bag styled closures. 75 Liters of gear is easily sorted and accessed with two zips, and then, perhaps more importantly, it is all closed up and organized for the next leg of the adventure.

The compression straps, two per side, are attached to vertical bars sewn into the front panel. This allows the entire front of the pack to be compressed against the entire rear of the pack. This eliminates bulging at the sides and keeps heavy gear stacked against the user's spine.

The sleeping bag compartment has an interior mesh liner. The actual G-1000 exterior can be zipped out of the way and rolled to the bottom, this reveals the mesh interior wall. In the event that a bag, tent, or clothes get soaked during an evening storm or mid day down pour, they can all be zipped into the sleeping bag compartment, behind the mesh, and be allowed to air dry as the user continues their hike. 

Our trail through New Hampshire's Pemigewasset Wilderness was narrow and wildly overgrown. Upon encountering this terrain I packed my Kajka to be tall and narrow. This allowed me to squeeze between outreaching branches with ease.

When it came time to climb to the peaks I was able to pack the Kajka to be wide and low, almost square like a canoe pack.  This allowed be to look up, assess my terrain, and then reach up for holds and branches without the pack impeding my flexibility. As these climbing trails were wide, and even often above tree line, widening and shortening the pack made the adventure much more enjoyable.

JerseyWreckDiver

Looks like a nice pack. Bears a lot of resemblance in design to Dueter & Millet packs. You didn't have anything to say about the suspension/harness system, backpanel/venting?


2 years ago
Badass Outdoors RETAILER

The suspension system offers a variety of adjustments, "The torso length can be adjusted with ease. The width of the shoulder straps can also be adjusted with some snaps and velcro, this made the pack just as comfortable over a t-shirt as it was over down and fleece layers." As for ventilation, there is no trampoline back or air space. There is, however, a tremendous amount of cushioning in all the right spots. This pack is carried close to the body to increase stability. If moisture is an issue for the user than the best bet is to pair this gear hauler with a high end merino wool base layer. I wore the same Ibex tops and bottoms everyday of our trek and I never felt sweaty or chilly. Thanks for the comment!! -MK


2 years ago
JerseyWreckDiver

You say they are out of Sweden, but is the pack manufactured there or is it like Dueter, where the company is from Germany but the gear manufactured completely in Vietnam? I've not been able to find anything on the company's web site one way of the other.


2 years ago
Badass Outdoors RETAILER

Okay, it took me a bit, but I got a response from the Fjall Raven warehouse. They said, "The bags are made in Vietnam, one of the core things for Fjällräven is our responsibility in all parts of the manufacturing process, working to minimize the environmental impact of the products from the materials, transportation etc. working with climate compensation and to find more environmentally friendly solutions." I know, this is indeed a disappointment to all of us Fjall Raven fans. We love to think that every piece of gear is made by a Lapland mountaineer seated by a wood burning stove... at least that is what I was picturing. The sad truth is that if, indeed, this gear was made in Sweden, the price would be out of reach for most consumers, or, it just wouldn't be exported to the US anyway. The location of manufacturing doesn't have any effect on the product, the stuff is still amazing in every way. Thanks to JerseyWreckDiver for your patience. -MK


2 years ago
JerseyWreckDiver

If it were made in Sweden, I would be more than willing to pay more for it. It's getting to be a common theme these days where the marketing says something like... "Swedish/German (fill in whatever old world craftsmanship invoking country you like) design & engineering" then, with a bit of proding, you get the "In order to compete in a global economy..." Given the similar features, I'm willing to lay money it is made in the same factory that makes packs for Deuter in Germany. Does look like a nice pack though. Thanks for taking the time to do the research.


2 years ago
Badass Outdoors RETAILER

The longer I spend in this industry, the more I come to realize that design is sometimes more important than craftsmanship. If I pulled at the shoulder straps of a Dueter pack with the same force applied to a Fjall Raven pack, I bet the breaking points would be similar. -Same thread, same machines, same factory, thus, same breaking point. I have come to recognize that packs made by companies that use better designs, more precise research and development, and more thorough, real world testing tend to be better packs. Fjall Raven is not Swedish made, it is not cheap, but it is the most comfortable pack that I have worn in the past eleven years. Thanks for the discussion Diver!! -MK


2 years ago
Holyfarmer

A couple things. Maybe you covered these in the video. How many days were you out and how many lbs packed? I have heard it is uncomfortable with 60 pound loads. With the 75l how many days max could you be out? Did you find the weight an issue or did the fit compensate for that?


11 months ago
Holyfarmer

Also if you want a pair of hand made boots in Lapland by 3 guys around a wood burning stove check out.


11 months ago
Holyfarmer

Jörnkängan


11 months ago
Peter Olofsson

I have used the Kajka (75l) loaded with 20 kgs (40 lbs) for six days walking around 25 kilometer (15 miles) everyday without any problem. However, if you setup the backpack wrong it will start to glide on your hips, just adjust the belts correctly and this is a non-issue.


8 months ago
1

I dub this "the best backpack ever" and show it off…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 280 Euros

Summary

I dub this "the best backpack ever" and show it off to everyone I can. It's so roomy, so sturdy and has so many features without being over the top. This is obviously designed by someone who treks a lot and knows what they want in a pack.

Pros

  • External side pockets — don't compromise on space
  • Adjustable back straps — lots of options
  • Sturdy and great material
  • Best backpack I've ever seen

Cons

  • Heavy (~4kg)
  • Expensive
  • Mesh hip-pockets great for ventilation, bad for protecting phone /snagging

It's got a great adjustable frame padding; both up and down and across for a narrower fit; the hip strap is so comfortable and the top is removable and very adjustable.

The amazing little features include:

  • An extra mesh lining on the lower unit for drip-drying while you hike;
  • No bulky rear pockets to keep the weight centered;
  • Huge (like 10lt) external side pockets that don't compromise on space - you can fit hiking boots int here!;
  • Top and side entry with solid zips - you can pack it like a suitcase, zip it up & hike 12 hours using the top entry;
  • Big drink holders on each side;
  • Extendable lid that you can remove and use as a day bag if you want;
  • Two hip-pockets for compass/pocketknife/phone/gps (I have mesh pockets which aren't great for rain or scrub, but have seen solid pockets in photos);
  • Strong and durable, this pack will last forever.

Use:

Multi day treks around the world (Patagonia, The Alps, Australia and New Zealand)

We have a new baby, so my wife and I can cram everything into the Fjallraven and the other carries our bub.

Great travel bag as well — the top compartment has three zips you can fill with passports, change of clothes and toiletries you can use as a daybag while storing the rest of the pack during day trips.

Marty Middlebrook

No I didn't. I just don't use pounds:


1 year ago
Marty Middlebrook

Cons
Heavy (~4kg)


1 year ago
Mt2Mt

Whoops! Didn't see the (~4kg). Sorry about that. Eight pounds is more than my tent, sleeping bag AND backpack combined.


1 year ago
Marty Middlebrook

well, I fit up into my armpits in the Kajka. You could use it as a bivvy bag?


1 year ago
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