Marmot Kompressor

2 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Weight 10 oz / 310 g
Volume 1100 cu in / 18 L



This is a pack and carry daypack, not a "daily user."…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Top loading; draw string and lid with buckle.
Size: About a liter.
Number of Pockets: Main compartment; lid.
Max. Load Carried: A few pounds, water and clothing; a book.
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $40


This is a pack and carry daypack, not a "daily user." The bag is well made and the materials are tougher than they look, but there are more suitable bags for daily carry in this size range, like the Black Diamond Bullet and BBee packs.

But for packing inside a large backpack for day hikes out of base camp, or inside luggage for destination use when traveling by air, it's hard to beat this pack. Mainly because this is light, not-bulky, and value-priced.

I use mine in transit to hold my "bundle-wrapped" clothing to keep it free from wrinkles and dirt — I pack the pack's straps behind the thin back panel to keep them out of the way, then I fill up the central compartment of the Kompressor with a few tee shirts, a pair of light nylon full-length pants, a pair of lightweight hiking shorts that can double as swimming trunks, some underwear and socks. Then my bathroom stuff goes in the lid of the Kompressor.

Then this still relatively compact assemblage goes into the main compartment of my travel bag, which is nothing more than a 2,200 cubic inch or so school bookbag (try L.L. Bean or Target for no-frills, relatively light and very functional book packs).

Using the Kompressor as an inner bag instead of just dropping the wrapped up clothing bundle into the main compartment of my carry-on means I can stuff other items in the main comparment, usually a jacket or sweater, and when I pull it out or replace it, the clothing bundle doesn't get disturbed.

Then, at my destination, I have a light and convenient daypack for destination use.

I haven't used the stuff-straps since the whole point is to leave the bag in its natural rectangular mode so my bundle of clothing won't be compressed and hence wrinkled. I suppose a hiker might want to use them to stuff a sleeping bag etc. but I've been more of a fan of the Ray Jardine "loose packing" approach than of the "compress it until it cries out in pain" school. Less compression generally leads to longer product life; less compression means less time waiting for compression recovery later.


Excellent summit pack. Advertised at 15L capacity,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: top-loading with lid
Size: 15L
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 5kg
Height of Owner: 5' 6"
Price Paid: $40


Excellent summit pack. Advertised at 15L capacity, I used this on a 23-pitch rock route. Carried 3L water, enough food for one day, and some emergency supplies.

Rides high on your back so it's good for rock climbing. I didn't really use the compression straps but they would come in handy when stuffing fleeces or down jackets. Extremely light with incredibly thin material — it's probably not bombproof, but if you're looking on the "light" side of the light/durable tradeoff, this is perfect.

Very happy with it and look forward to using it for many more seasons.

Manufacturer's Description

This classic favorite just keeps getting better and better. Our ultra-light Kompressor pack now has an even a roomier hood for storing more stuff, plus improved wrap around compression to give you extra load shrinking compression. It still features air-mesh shoulder straps and detachable waist belt for maximum comfort, plus the removable foam back sheet for kicking it anywhere. A genuinely versatile, all-around pack, it’s perfect for any activity where you want to move without being weighed down.

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Marmot's Kompressor pack to stow the essentials for the hike up. The Marmot Kompressor pack has three points of compression, stows into its own lid and turns into a day pack for summiting or side hikes.


Stay warm wearing the Re-Tool Full-zip hoodie. It's made from recycled, deep-pile fleece with extra-long fibers for warmth retention and sumptuous comfort.


The classic Marmot Kompressor backpack keeps getting better and better. The ultra-light Kompressor pack now has an even roomier hood for storing more stuff, plus improved wrap around compression to give you extra load shrinking compression. Perfect size for a sleeping bag stuff sack Pack stuffs into lid Removable closed-cell foam back sheet Airmesh shoulder straps Full body, lightweight compression straps Hydration sleeve Light clip attachment point Daisy chain Single ice axe attachment Sternum strap Durability without the weight Highly compressible

- OMCgear

Marmot Kompressor Pack - 2013 ModelThe 2013 model of Marmot Kompressor Pack- 2013 Model proves that your favorite backpack can impress you again and again. It is back with a sizeable hood which means you can store more stuff needed in your next adventure. Its full body and lightweight straps give you extra load shrinking compression as well. Known for its commitment in providing maximum comfort, the Marmot Kompressor Pack still features air-mesh shoulder straps and removable waist belt. It is a perfect size sleeping bag stuff sack with detachable foam back sheet. Highly compressible, it comes with hydration sleeve, light clip attachment point, daisy chain, single ice attachment point and sternum strap. With these features, it provides durability but with no extra weight and bulkiness. So for your next outdoor trip, do not forget to bring all your necessary stuff with the Marmot Kompressor Pack - 2013 Model.

- SunnySports