Mountain Hardwear Kanza 55
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200
This has to be one of the most comfortable and versatile packs I've owned.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
|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||-|