After months of abuse and one too many times in the washing machine the burgundy peril which I left with back in June has finally died and after much research and no deliberation I had decided on my new backpack of choice.
Kathmandu is a traveller’s store with branches in Australia, New Zealand and now recently branches are beginning to open up in the United Kingdom as well. Much like ‘GO Outdoors’ and the likes of, Kathmandu stock a wealth of top end and budget travel gear to cater for almost every type of traveler. What I’m getting at here is that there is something for everyone if it’s camping or rock climbing you will find items to suit your needs. They also have an extensive range of their own products unsurprisingly named the ‘Kathmandu’ range with their specialty being backpacks and sleeping bags geared towards all budgets and travelling environments. The backpack which I chose was at the top end of ‘their’ scale in terms of quality and budget as I needed a bag which could stand the test of time and hold all the items which I possess (baked beans and bad t-shirts) and work in my favour for my travels. This backpack has absolutely everything on it and reminds me of a kind of ‘Transformer’ in the backpack world with the versatility and level of design and invention which has sculpted it’s design.
Kathmandu Levant 70L backpack
In their own words the Kathmandu Levant Backpack is a ‘Fully featured 70L travel pack designed for traveller’s on extended adventures’
Its features include;
1) Fully adjustable zip away C3 harness
2) Front and base zips
3) Secure lockable zippers
4) Expandable front pocket for lockable Gluon Ora storage or extra capacity
5) Top zip pocket with key clip
6) Side and top compression straps
7) Side bottle pocket
8) Multiple internal zip pockets
9) Internal compression section
10) An internal divider
11) Top and dual side carry handles
12) ID window
13) Removable padded carry strap
Gluon Summit 15L day pack
It also has the Gluon Summit 15L day pack which is fully detachable and brings the total litre capacity to 85L which is ideal for the traveller invested in longer periods in travel. The Features on this back pack include;
1) Clips to the C3 harness shoulder straps
2) Secure lockable main zip
3) Front zip pocket
4) Internal security pocket
5) Key clip
6) Internal sleeve for hydration or laptop
7) Hydration or headphone exit port
8) Tuck away harness
So what is the Kathmandu ‘C3 harness’ system?
In a nutshell, system is provide a configuration to the three critical points of the human form for load carriage: the back, shoulders and hips.
I can only really base my rating on this bag from my own personal experience and after having used it now for one month I can quite safely say that it is a fantastic bag in every way. It is extremely well made and the side loader feature to access your clothes is a god send. Considering there are lots of different clips, compartments and hidden sections it doesn’t take that long to familiarize yourself with it’s features. All in all I would highly recommend this back pack and the brand Kathmandu as well. The original cost of this bag was $549 but I managed to get it for $150 in a double clearance sale online through the Kathmandu website.