by speysider64 » Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:52 pm
We try and do a fair few overnight/ multi day treks per year, and I currently use a Deuter Air Contact 50 + 10 pack.
However I can never get it comfortable. I'm a biggush bloke, 6'2" and around 17st. I'm a builder and have quite broad shoulders, and one of the problems is that the shoulder straps seem to dig in under my arms.
I have a Fjallraven 35l day pack which is as comfy as a pair of old slippers, even when it's mega loaded in winter.
Because of this I'm tempted to upgrade to a Keb 72, or Kajka 75 for a multi day pack. Particularly like the Kajka because of the ability to adjust the shoulder strap width, but not keen on the weight. 3.3 kg is a heavy pack. The Arcteryx Bora Ar 63 also has width adjustment. Is there anybody who uses any of these packs, or can recommend any other pack where the shoulder straps either adjust for width, or seem to be wider to start with??
by scogem » Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:33 pm
Its a very comfortable pack. On long hikes my feet / legs get sore and tired but back and hips have been fine. Very durable, seems waterproof. Its really easy to customise for shoulders and hips.
The drawstring is a bit fiddly, the front pocket/zip area is on the inside so not much use when pack is full. Heavy and bulky, a bit difficult to store away. Difficult to strap larger items (e.g foam z-lite) to the outside.
I think its going to be my winter rucksack. Got my eye on something simpler for a lightweight summer pack.
by speysider64 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:50 am
Thanks for the reply
by cruachan06 » Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:52 pm
Haven't taken it on any overnighters as yet but I've worn it as a test loaded to around 8kg on a few day hikes and haven't had any aches or pains. It's also often available for a good price on Amazon, I got it on Prime Day last year for £60.
by speysider64 » Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:51 am
by cruachan06 » Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:43 pm
by SteveNorthumberland » Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:06 am
Can customise it for yourself, not cheap but an awesome investment
by speysider64 » Sun May 22, 2022 6:07 pm
Just thought I'd give a quick update. I eventually decided to go for the Fjallraven Kajka 75 pack. The Arcteryx has recently changed and I didn't read many good reviews about it, so opted for the Kajka.
No doubt it's a heavy pack, but the extra volume allowed me to carry more than my wife who seems to feel the extra weight more than me. I take all the tent instead of splitting it, I always carry the stove as well as most of the food, so last weekend we had a 4 day trip around the Fisherfields.
This was the first real outing and test for my new pack, and despite finishing up well over 15kg it was super comfy. The width adjustment on the shoulder straps definitely made a massive difference, and despite ending up way heavier than my old Deuter pack would have ever have got, I never felt any discomfort.
It was super stable on my back, the hip belt carries the weight fantastically, and the back panel and shoulder straps are really well padded.
The extra weight will no doubt not suit everybody, but for me I didn't notice it, a perfect example of if you find the right fit, whether it's backpacks or boots, your life will become much more enjoyable.
Thanks to everyone for their advice/ input and enjoy your days in the hills.
by SteveNorthumberland » Sun May 22, 2022 6:19 pm
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