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Staff Review: Fjällräven Kaipak

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 11/03/2021 10:36:25

Staff Review: Fjällräven Kaipak

Take a look at Exeter shop manager, Stu’s thoughts on Fjällräven’s outstandingly rugged technical pack.

I have been the proud owner of a Fjallraven Kaipak 38 for over 4 years now, and thought I’d share a long term review.

In short this is by far my favourite pack, and get the most use out of all my packs, and I have a lot of packs! The Kaipak 38 to me is the perfect blend of size, comfort, features, durability and style. The 38L size makes it perfect for a winter day walk carrying extra layers, summer overnight wild camping trips with lightweight gear, long day walks where I’ll carry my wifes kit aswell as my own, it even fits as carry on size so has been on a few city breaks.

Exterior straps on the Kaipak allow attachment for several pieces of gear to help optimise space within.

One of the standouts of this pack is that it does not in fact stand out. It has a clean unfussy design, but everything you want from a modern pack, it looks at home wherever you take it or use it, and never says “look at me I’m and outdoor enthusiast”. I also adore the fabric, it is G1000 polycotton, it's very durable, does not mark very easily and keeps the worst of the weather out and looks great. The final and probably most important thing with the Kaipak 38 is how well it carries a load, its super comfy a bag this small, should not be able to really carry some of the heavier loads I have given it, but always it transfers the load comfortably to my hips, even when carrying a winter camp set up, I was blown away with how well it handles heavier loads. I should mention this pack is fixed length, so should not really work for very short or very tall people, however I’m 5’6 and Oli is 6’6 and we have both used this same pack comfortably, that really is testament to how well you can adjust the straps and webbing on it to get it to work for you.

Just remember to keep the lid closed to avoid unwanted attention from wild German pointers

We hold the Kaipak in both a 38L version perfect for shorter overnight stays and a 28L version perfect for luxuriously long day walks perfect for swim gear, spare layers, climbing equipment or picnic supplies.

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This review was written by Stu, manager of the Exeter Shop. As well as several other treks in Scotland, Stu has also been backpacking in New Zealand and twice taken part in the Hilleberg Outdoor academy in Sweden. He is often out wild camping with his German Short-haired Pointer, Hunter by his side.

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