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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: ARC'TERYX Khazri 55 Backpack Review

With removable support, the Arc'teryx Khazri 55 backpack lets you choose between stability or a lighter load.

by: Steve Howe

ARC'TERYX Khazri 55 (www.sethhughes.com)
ARC'TERYX Khazri 55 (www.sethhughes.com)

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Our tester loved the "load and go" simplicity of this single-compartment pack. After a heavily laden overnight on the south slopes of Longs Peak, he reported "no pack-flop at all when I jumped rocks and creeks," and credited the shallow, back-hugging pack shape and suspension, which consists of a dual-density framesheet, twin aluminum stays, and closed-cell foam bivy pad. The framesheet, stays, and pad are all removable, so testers could beef up support or shave ounces, depending on the trip.

The thin, soft-flexing, removable hipbelt did a decent job of transferring weight, but like most climbing packs, the emphasis is on freedom of motion, low bulk, and easy high-stepping. Stripping all frame and hipbelt components trims almost two pounds.

The narrow packbag proved tight for bulkier sleeping bags, but quick-release compression straps and a front bungee net compensate. The top lid extends for high stacking, plus you get the usual gear loops and tool attachments. Bummer: no hipbelt or bottle pockets–although a hydration sleeve located in the top lid makes refilling easy, even with the pack loaded. $249; 3,661 cu. in.; 4 lbs. 4 oz. Arcteryx.com

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Jack l
May 01, 2009

I have the 35l version and like it. Besides not having a water bottle holder. It's great. The lid snaps off and I stuff it with clothes and it makes for a nice pillow. It's a pretty pricy bag for being your average nylon. It's made in china. My favorite part of this pack is the strap snaps are very soft compared to any other strap clip I've seen. It's a soft hipbelt as compared to other arcteryx that have the hip transfer system saybon the naos that really transfers the weight. 55l is pretty big for a soft belt. If you have a scratch. Get the naos.

Jonny Carson
Apr 27, 2009

Does anyone know anything more about this pack? It looks awesome to me, but I can't hardly find any reviews on it besides this one. Backcountry.com has the only half way worth-while ones.

Jonny Carson
Apr 27, 2009

Does anyone know anything more about this pack? It looks awesome to me, but I can't hardly find any reviews on it besides this one. Backcountry.com has the only half way worth-while ones.

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