Karrimor Kodiak 30

At just 844g  this 30-40 litre rucksack is one of the lightest sacks in this review. It is extremely simple, yet it manages to embody the basics of functional performance. So you get a padded back system, with some airflow channels to reduce sweat buildup. The waistbelt is a basic webbing design but it is wide enough to be reasonably comfortable. The body of the sack has a main compartment with a small snow-lock extension, and there are compression straps to stabilise the load. Mesh wand pockets are also provided, so you can stash trekking poles on the sides. The lid is a simple design with an external pocket. This sack won’t win any prizes for complexity and snazzy looks, but on the hill it’ll happily carry your gear without problems. Overall, a great basic sack for day-tripping in valleys, hills, moors and mountains. But you’ll easily find sacks with more padding on the waistbelt and some with cooler airflow back systems that would be better in warm weather. Some sacks offer greater capacity for the same price, and others have numerous extra features. Some are even lighter and cheaper too.


Capacity: 30 litres
Fabric: 420D nylon, 300D ripstop polyester
Features: padded back system; compression straps; mesh wand pockets; external lid pocket; twin ice axe/pole attachment points; removable rain cover (90g)
Weight: 844g
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 100

Verdict: A basic sack that has no delusions of grandeur. It is just a simple, effective carrier that is ideal for comfortable, lightweight walking and scrambling.


First published in Trail magazine, May 2008