Marmot Ultra Kompressor
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69
Best for light day hikes, peak bags, or just something that can be used in everyday life.
- Had a collapsible framesheet built in, even when removing the one included with the pack.
- Able to handle up to fifteen pounds comfortably. Carries laptop and school materials better than Osprey Manta 25.
- No complaints.
- Webbing hip belt, but the angular distribution of weight puts it all on the small of the back which is quite comfortable if needing shoulder relief.
Used this when hitting a couple of slot canyons in the UT South Desert, carried it around as a daypack when needed and was well worth the extra pound or so.
Bottle pockets fit about anything you can toss in it, and has enough room to carry extra layers, lunch, the survival essentials, and then some. Rode extremely comfortable for a small pack on a big guy. 52" chest, 6 ft. and 240lb.
Adaptable, has loops over the back shove-it pocket that allow for putting on shock cord, running carabiners with gear onto it. Wouldn't recommend pushing over 25 lb. but shoulder straps are the perfect balance between thinness and width to spread loads comfortably.
Took the foam framesheet out, but the pack by itself has enough rigidity built in that you dont really need this. The framesheet is nice though if needing a seat, backrest, or even a really thin 1/2 sleeping pad during the summer but that is kinda pushing it.
Didn't get the five because haven't exactly encountered the perfect pack, and who has. Weight is excellent, and is now a constant companion in nearly all variants for my kit.
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Marmot's Ultra Kompressor 20 delivers with generous mesh stash pockets, comfortable molded shoulder straps, a removable back panel, and three points of compression for shrinking any load down to size.
The Marmot Ultra Kompressor is more feature-friendly than it's stripped-down brother the Kompressor. The highly packable, but larger volume, Ultra Kompressor works well as a summit pack, or travel pack that can stuff easily into your trekking backpack or suitcase. Removable closed-cell foam back sheet Airmesh shoulder straps Front mesh stash pocket Mesh water bottle pocket Full body, lightweight compression straps Hydration sleeve Removable waist belt Lid pocket w/ mesh pocket w/ key clip Light clip attachment point Daisy chain Dual ice axe attachment Sternum strap Highly compressible
Need a super-lightweight, compressible pack that doesn't skimp on storage and features? The Ultra Kompressor delivers with generous mesh stash pockets, comfortable molded shoulder straps, a removable back panel, and three points of compression for shrinking any load down to size
The Marmot Ultra Kompressor Backpack steps it up a notch in the world of ultralight backpacks. Compression-molded Airmesh shoulder straps and closed-cell foam back sheet add padded comfort and support, and a sternum strap and waistbelt transfer the load to reduce back and shoulder pain and strain. If you want to go ultra-light, leave the back sheet and waist-belt at home. Use the compression straps for a lean profile meant for speed; keep up the pace up by staying hydrated with your reservoir nice and snug in its designated sleeve.