Khamsin 62


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Khamsin 62
Manufacturer Arc'teryx
Page By bbense
Page Type Dec 12, 2002 / Dec 12, 2002
Object ID 9263
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Built for extended backpacking trips, this pack features rugged construction and a lightweight, ultra-comfortable suspension system

* Ultralight Y-Frame™ suspension system features an aluminum stay, polyethylene framesheet and composite stabilizer wands for support and stability

* Pivoting, thermo-formed, 3-D contoured hipbelt utilizes hipbone-protecting SquashPods™ for load-carrying comfort

* Dual-density, super-contoured shoulder straps place padding only where needed, offering maximum comfort for minimum weight

* Air-channel back panel facilitates ventilation, helping you stay comfortable during long, hard treks

* Top pocket/lid converts to a waist pack

* Full-length, laminated, flapped side zipper allows easy access to gear

* Hypalon front patch pocket with shockcord attachment, removable ice-axe loops and retainers, and ski attachment loop offer gear organization options

* Rugged Ripstorm™ nylon is coated with polyurethane to help shed water and snow

* High-wear areas are reinforced with heavy-duty nylon

* Available in Short, Regular and Tall torso lengths. Specification for torso/ waist and hips/ base volume and weight are as follows:

* Short - 16-19 in. / 27-32 in. / 37-42 in. / 3,480 cu. in. / 3 lbs. 11 oz.

* Regular - 18-21 in. / 32-37 in. / 3,790 cu. in. / 4 lbs.

* Tall - 20-23 in. / 37-42 in. / 4,030cu. in. / 4 lbs. 5 oz.


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bbense - Dec 12, 2002 6:27 pm - Voted 5/5

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Summary: Expensive, but worth it if you climb/ski.

Most of the rest of the packs I've owned I've started out liking and grown to detest after many uses. The Khasmin is the only pack I've owned that I've had the reverse experience with. The more I use it the

happier I am with it. It is a mountaineer's pack and it definitely has a weight limit of around 40-45 lbs, however it is great for mobility. If you climb or ski and are looking for a light multi-day pack, I highly recommend it.

UncleBob - Nov 12, 2003 10:39 pm - Voted 5/5

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Great pack.

Bomber constuction, pragmatic minimalist design, great comfort.

Great pack.

I'm really impressed with arcteryx packs in general, and this one in particular. Volume to weight is very hard to beat. I've had the top lid used as a fanny pack for some casual caving and the abrasion left barely a mark on the material. I could live without the gimmicky bottle holder for the lid/fanny, but I've always been anal, it's still a great pack.

Sizing is just right to maximise capacity yet rides well without snagging the brush or your head. Crampon pouch on the back is a great idea and holds maps or a tarp just as well, maybe better. Shockcord is great to hold those stripped off layers. Detachable lid makes an EXCELLENT pillow with a 4l water bladder stuffed in. Hib\p belt provides just enough support without too much bulk.

The smaller sized clips used for compression straps are not as robust as the larger stuff found on blukier packs, and you can break the male ends if you go caveman in trying to compress your load. Replacements are easy to find however and it's a good idea to have one or two in your repair kit anyways.

Again, this is an alpine pack, so don't expect to be able to carry all your worldy possessions confortably, but I've had few problems with loads up to 40 lbs. You can tell you've put in too much when you start noticing buising above your tailbone where the bottom of the Y-frame meets your spine ;)

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