Mountain Hardwear Kanza 55

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


Medium Large
Weight 3 lb 2 oz / 1.42 kg 3 lb 5 oz / 1.50 kg -
Capacity 3350 cu in / 55 L 3650 cu in / 60 L -
Dimensions - 30 in X 15 in X 14 in / 76 cm X 38 cm X 36 cm -
Waist Range 30 in - 35 in / 76 cm - 89 cm - -
Torso Range 17.0 in. - 20.0 in. / 43 cm - 51 cm 19.5 in. - 22.5 in. / 50 cm - 57 cm -
Materials 100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon, 420D HD Nylon 100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon, 420D HD Nylon -



Good pack for 2-3 day backpacking. Lightweight and…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110


Good pack for 2-3 day backpacking. Lightweight and durable. Internal frame, hydration bag, and day pack over.


  • Light
  • Simple design


  • No way to access things at the bottom so pack smart.
  • Trekking pole and tool loops are about useless.

I've had this bag for about 6 months now and have taken it on 3 separate camping trips. I'm a large guy and pack larger gear like a 3-man tent, wide sleeping bag, and have larger cloths. I can easily get a 3 day hike and camp in this bag.  

It is a tube bag meaning you have one way to put items in the bag. If it's in the bottom you have to pull all the stuff out to get at it so pack smart. That said, it is a tough bag. It has a good design to lock down your load and includes the removable day pouch that I use for must get at items like first aid kit and toiletries.

I wish the waist belt was larger on this bag, but then again I am a large man pushing 300 lbs with a gut. The internal frame is nice and makes long hikes easy.


This has to be one of the most comfortable and versatile…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200


This has to be one of the most comfortable and versatile packs I've owned.


  • comfortable
  • large capacity
  • lots of lashing points


  • odd ice axe/trekking pole cary

Sized well enough for a weekend or a few days, this pack has many lashing points for external gear. In my case I was looking for a pack that could easily carry snowshoes. The side compression straps loop through the inside of the crampon pouch, or can be pulled out to run on the outside of the pack for lashing points. The hip belt is just the right thickness and padding to be comfortable as well as flexible for long trips.

The only downside is the ice axe/trekking pole holder runs almost diagonal across the pack. It makes it a little bit difficult to get off without taking the pack off.  


Great, lightweight pack that replaces a 20-year-old…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $100


Great, lightweight pack that replaces a 20-year-old much larger Kelty pack. Just found that most of my trips are 3-5 days rather than the 8-10 day trips I used to do.


  • Lightweight
  • Lots of pockets, and room to expand
  • Great size for a variety of trips


  • Newer lightweight packs don't seem to hold up as well long term

I am 6' tall and 180 lbs. I have used this pack only a few times on multiday backpacking trips. So far it has held up well. 

Pack fits well with all the normal adjustments. Sternum strap has a bungee which is nice, but I wonder how long before the elastic wears out. Capacity seems accurate with plenty of pockets and an expansion collar.

One of the things I had to figure out is that the hood needs to be unclipped and flipped front to back when using the expanded collar, which is a great solution, but not intuitive at first glance. Would have liked a way to use the hood as a day pack.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Mountain Hardwear's Kanza 55 page.


Retailers' Descriptions

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Embark on bucket-list worthy quests with the surprisingly nimble Mountain Hardwear Kanza 55 pack, featuring a clean, lightweight design to carry loads comfortably on backpacking treks and overnights.


On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Kanza 55 Backpack FEATURES of the Mountain Hardwear Kanza 55 Backpack Alpine suspension modified to maximize ventilation, while maintaining excellent support and load transfer Fixed harness components simplify the fitting process and minimize pack weight Highly functional compression strap system borrowed from our Alpine packs, secures overloads, effectively shrinks pack to minimal volume, and tucks away inside front pocket when not needed Skirt extension adds 375 cubic inches / 6 liter of carrying capacity when needed Floating top lid with bungee web is removable to reduce weight Roomy front pocket provides convenient storage for frequently-used items Ice axe and ski pole attachment straps Stretch woven side pockets offer quick storage/access for water bottles, hat/gloves, etc Sleeping pad straps are stowable to reduce clutter when not needed Externally accessed hydration sleeve is easier to reload Imported SPECIFICATIONS of the Mountain Hardwear Kanza 55 Backpack Load Range: 25-45 lbs / 11-20 kg Body: 100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon Bottom: 420D HD Nylon The SPECS for Medium Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz / 1.42 kg Capacity: 3350 cubic inches / 55 liter Torso Range: 17.5 - 20.0in. / 43 - 51 cm Waistbelt Size: 30-35in. / 76-89 cm The SPECS for Large Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz / 1.50 kg Capacity: 3650 cubic inches / 60 liter Torso Range: 19.5 - 22.5in. / 50 - 57 cm Waistbelt Size: 33-39in. / 84-99 cm Dimention: 30 x 15 x 14in. / 76 x 38 x 36 cm

- Moosejaw

CLOSEOUTS . The stability-focused design of Mountain Hardwear's Kanza 55 backpack is ideal for long, rugged hikes thanks to the ventilating and supportive harness, strong compression strap system and a wide, load-bearing waistbelt. Available Colors: RED. Sizes: M, L.

- Sierra Trading Post

The effective suspension and simple, lightweight design of the Mountain Hardwear Kanza 55 Backpack give you the features you need to trek quickly and comfortably into the alpine. A Hollow-Core center stay and a HardWave framesheet work together to keep your pack's load from buckling so it'll rest comfortably on your back while you traverse steep boulders on the way up a mountain saddle.