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Historic Range: $109.95
Reviewers Paid: $150.00-$160.00
I've had this pack for close to 6 years now, used it on climbs, mountaineering trips, even backpacked across South America with it. It's been through ATV wrecks, crammed under bus seats and lashed on the roof during rides across the desert. Other than a few minor rips and tears, it is as strong and function as the day I got it and still looks and feels great! I plan to continue abusing this great bag for years to come.
Design: internal large daypack
Max. Load Carried: 70lbs
Height of Owner: 5-9
I own and love my Khamsin 38. Usually every year I attempt to buy a replacement for it... you know, newer, shinier, more bells'n whistles, whatever. After much ado about nothing I ALWAYS stay with the Khamsin 38. IMO there simply is no other pack. BTW, I think Arc'Teryx quit making it. BIG MISTAKE. 10 stars!!!
I originally intended to buy the old model of Khamsin 38. When it suddenly dissapeared from the shops without any warning from Arc'Teryx's always luicrously out of date web site I didn't like the new (my) model at all. The beauty of the old one, I far as I was concerned, had been its simplicity. The new one seemed at bit heavy on bits and pieces. Still I was about to go away travelling and wanted a nice new daysac/light overnight/weeker, so I bought the new model, trusting in Arc'Teryx's judgement. I mean, they make great pacs, and presumably they made this one as an improvement.
I've had the pack for just over three years now, and Arc'Teryx was right. The thing that immediately impressed me was the hip belt. Despite being a skimpy, meshy-looking thing it is a revelation in comfort. It doesn't need to be heavily padded becase rather than
resting on your hips it actually grips on to you, distributing even heavy loads perfectly. All the features are excellent. Not a single unecessary bell or whistle. Plus you can completely remove all of the ice axe holders, top and bottom, which makes for a cleaner pack for everyday daypack or travelling duties. I've used it from the UK (home) through the jungles of Borneo to trekking in Nepal, carrying everything from ropes to rice, and it has always performed brilliantly, despite some creative abuse. On one memorable occassion, during an unintentional slide down a waterfall it survived with scratches when my friend's pack tore clean through. I often use it in place of my larger sixty five litre pack (roughly twice the size for those americans out there ), for jobs which it isn't really designed, as it carries moderate loads more comfortably then the much beefier backsystem on my bigger pack.
If you're looking for a pack to do everything from winter mountaineering to weeks long treks through everyday fellwalking duties, then I cannot recommend this pack highly enough. It's somewhat hefty price tag has been worth it many times over, and expect to get many more years exemplary service from this, my favourite rucsack.
Design: Classic straight sided alpine sac
Size: 2500 - 2900
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 40kg
Height of Owner: 5'0'
Price Paid: £120
Great pack so far. Took it on a two-day glacier climb with overnight and minimal technical gear, and the pack was pretty comfortable. It's a very simple design and at 2.5 lb, very light for its size. I'm looking forward to using this one for everything from day climbs to overnight climbs to week 3 or 4 day light backpacking. Cool!
Design: Top Loading Internal
Number of Pockets: 1
Max. Load Carried: 35 lb
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: $160
I personally own three daypacks of this size. I absolutely love the Khamsin 38. Simple, clean design with superb quality and price point. No unnecessary bells and whistles, and not as heavy as the older bombers I own. I'd put it in the middle weight wise between the bombers and Golite gear. If this ever wears out, I won't rest until I find another.
Design: Internal Frame
Number of Pockets: None
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs.
Height of Owner: 6' 1"
Price Paid: $150 US