ARC'TERYX Khazri 55

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

Brand: Arc'Teryx Gear Reviews

Model: Khazri 55

Best Peakbagger

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.

This super-clean, lightweight alpine pack is large enough to move a camp uphill, but compresses tightly for a low-profile leading pack. Trimmed down to bear only the essential alpine features, the Khazri 55 has a supportive and strippable suspension system, modular ice tool holders, removable/floating top lid, and a removable thermoformed hipbelt.

Top loading • Large removable top lid • Removable dual density framesheet • Emergency bivouac insulation pad • Twin removable aluminum stays
• Composite horizontal frame members • Four side compression straps • Removable hipbelt with thermoformed hip pods • Removable webbing hipbelt with two injection moulded reversible/removable gear loops • Laminated shoulder straps • Two Axio ice tool holders • Two modular ice axe keepers • Hypalon™ reinforced pick sleeve
• V-frame suspension • Glove friendly snow-shedding buckles • Lid hydration bladder pocket and hose port

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