The Kathmandu Altai Pack V2 is a nice, clutter-free pack with a narrow profile to make it ideal for scrambling or mountaineering, but it is also comfortable enough for more general hill and mountain walks and lightweight overnight trips. The back system is a padded design with raised areas to allow a little more airflow across the back. This is very comfortable on the back, although it does not allow quite as much freedom of movement as the two higher-priced sacks we looked at in our test, so it is not quite so nice for mountaineering as it feels a little restrictive. The body of the Kathmandu Altai Pack V2 has the usual side compression straps and wand pockets to allow you to stash tent poles or trekking poles on the sides easily. The lid has a single buckle so it is fast to use, and a massive pocket on the top for guidebooks, hats, gloves or food. The lid can be extended upwards by about 8cm/3in and a baffle prevents water from seeping behind the lid into the main compartment, making this ideal for British weather! There’s a good stash pocket on the front for storing a waterproof jacket between showers too. Weighing 1307g, the Kathmandu Altai Pack V2 is generally a great sack for overnight trips and hill and mountain walking.
External zipped pockets 1
Wand pocket yes
Compression straps yes
Men’s back lengths one size
Women’s back lengths one size
The Kathmandu Altai Pack V2 is an ideal sack for general hill and mountain walking, although others are slightly better for mountaineers.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2012