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Packs at REI with comparable volume to Durston Kakwa 55


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    FlyingAvocado
    BPL Member

    @rhass

    I am interesting in getting a Kakwa 55  but I am not 100% sure if my gear load out will fit or not. My current pack is an big and bulky Opsrey Atmos AG 65, and I am thinking that if I can pick up a comparable volume pack for the main to the Kakwa 55 (medium) compartment at REI, I can try to see if my current load out will work in the 46L Durston Kwaka and return it when I am done. Since I am a hammock camper, the quilts tend to take up a lot of volume which is my primary concern.

    Thanks!

    #3812833
    FlyingAvocado
    BPL Member

    @rhass

    Just wanted to follow up on this thread in case someone else is curious, and cross-post a reddit thread I found which does a direct comparison to the REI Flash Air 50:

    Looking to better understand these pack differences: Kakwa 55 vs Flash Air 50
    by inUltralight

    That comments in the thread indicate that the pack volume is about 5L less in the Kakwa 55 for the main compartment (40L vs 45L), which makes sense. The new REI UL pack is pretty interesting on it’s own, and I hadn’t realized they made this. I doubt it will carry loads as well as the Kakwa does though.

    #3813033
    Dan @ Durston Gear
    BPL Member

    @dandydan

    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    I can’t see that original thread as it was deleted, but the Kakwa 55 internal volume should be more than 40L. We revised our spec from 55L to a more conservative 46L, which if anything is probably low now. We’ve had YouTubers measure it at pretty much 50-55L. Maybe the Flash Air is larger though.

    One thing you could do is compare the physical dimensions to your existing pack (e.g. unrolled height, top circumference) which we have under our specs.

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