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Arc Teryx Khasmin 38 Internal Frame Backpacks Review

Arc Teryx Khasmin 38





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Weight
2 lb 7 oz


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Review Date
March 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: drdsj ,  Mountaineer

Summary:
For a lightweight simple well constructed pack with a very comfortable suspension, it is top notch. I use it primarily for backpacking in the mountains with superlight gear which typically is around 20lbs. Only problem I see is if you overload it. Even so, I think it is more comfortable that larger packs. Does what I want it it do, feels very stable, and will probably last a very long time. No need to spend $400 on a pack. Save that for the extralight gear and save your back.

Customer Service:
Reasonable

Similar Products Used:
Arc'Teryx Khasmin 30, Bora 65, TNF Inversion, EMS packs


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Review Date
October 21, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Tim ,  Mountaineer

Summary:
Nice pack. Great for traveling light (it weights apx 2.5 pounds).

The Khamsin has a decent frame (1 aluminum stay with a plastic/fiberglass"Y" frame support. The hipbelt - is a decent combination of mesh and foam. The shoulder straps are comfortable without being bulky. The top pouch and side compression straps all seem to work well. The removable ice tool loops and holders appear to work well. Have not used the shock cord on the front. Have not used to pack to carry skis (yet), but based on the fully loaded stability experienced during the approach to a climb, I'm expecting the Khamsin to carry boards fairly well. The only concern is possible damage from ski edges. The pack fabric is protected from ski edges by some hypalon looking patches but the ski carry straps? Not sure. They're a bit narrow and not very beefy.


Construction looks to be adequate - quality material and workmanship. The fabric/seams aren't entirely waterproof, but the the fabric DOES seem to shed most light raih - at least so far.

Have used my Khamsin on several hikes up to 7 hours long. This is NOT a pack that I would want to drag up a rock climb; that fabric is not robust enough for that sort of treatment. But, as a lightweight day / ski pack, it's superb. Loaded with food, water, extra layers, first aid kit, miscellaneous other stuff, I barely knew the thing was on my back - it's very unobtrusive. As noted, I used it on one climb. It was a stable carrier of full equipment, but... that the suspension isn't designed for that sort of weight (IMO); it was a tolerable load, but nowhere near as solid as Dana packs.

The 4 rating for value is because, at $155, the Khamsin 38 seems "average"; there are other options in that price range that also look promising.

I'm giving a 5 overall primaily because of the carry stability vs the weight of the pack. I like the Khamsin every bit as much as my two Dana packs - which I purchased for their suspension and load hauling abilities. I'm planning to use the Khamsin for almost all outings except those that require more than 2400 cu in of space or that that involve hefting heavier loads. I'll probably try the pack on an ice climb but, in all honesty, I don't think that is in the "sweet spot" for this pack: It will probably handle the volume/weight of the gear for a moderate apporach, but I'd be concerned about puncturing the fabric with

Customer Service:
No experience

Similar Products Used:
Dana BigHorn
Dana Glacier
Several EMS products


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Review Date
August 6, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: David Burke ,  Backpacker , from Pittsburgh, PA USA

Summary:
Excellent pack. I am comming back from a fractured Talus, and went on my first cragging trip since the accident, with this pack, loaded with about 30 pounds of gear. i was extremley concerned about the hike in, and my pack shifting, since any stress on my ankle above the normail was not fun, but this pack rocked! (not literally) i've had a hard time getting packs to fit & not shift, but this one felt totally awsome, and i plan on using it on an untralight hike in a few weeks with no concerns

Customer Service:
not needed it yet

Similar Products Used:
Kelty, Northface


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Review Date
July 19, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: bmurner ,  Backpacker , from ohio

Summary:
This is about as good a pack as you can get for the money. If you keep the weight below 30lbs, you will hardly know it is on your back. I especially like the many lash points and packing options. The size is perfect and because of the packing and lash points can easliy add more gear than the stated 2700 cc.

I have only used this for lightbackpackping (2-4 days), but think it will really shine for ski-touring this winter.

Similar Products Used:
Lowe Alpne 35, Marmot Glissade


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Review Date
July 11, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Benjamin Kennedy ,  Climber , from Oklahoma City, OK

Summary:
This pack rocks! After reading the many negative reviews, I was a bit skeptical about purchasing a controversial pack such as this. At the end of my travels however, I was convinced that Arc’teryx was on the ball. As a perfect example of how durable this pack is, I give you this story…
My regular Black Diamond crag pack was out with my friend out in Red Rocks, Nevada. I wanted to climb, but it was either my North Face book bag (1500 cubic inches) or my Khamsin 38. I loaded it up with a full set of hexes, nuts, cams, webbing, beaners, and a 60-meter Sterling marathon rope. All in all the pack plus the gear weighed in at 41 lbs (I actually weighed it when I got home, no joke). The 30 min hike was not at all uncomfortable. Well, maybe a little, but I was completely impressed with how the Khamsin 38 performed under such extreme conditions. I have owned it now for many months, and subjected it to all kinds of torture, without mercy. All this and it has not ripped, or gotten a hole in the fabric. I don’t know what these people are doing to it in SE Asia, but jagged rocks with 41 lb loads hasn’t hurt mine yet.

Customer Service:
Arc'teryx is very reasonable with repairs and exchanges.

Similar Products Used:
Many


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