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Information about Mountain Hardwear Kanza 55 Backpack - Internal Frame
Closeouts. The stability-focused design of Mountain Hardwear's Kanza 55 backpack is ideal for long, rugged hikes thanks to the ventilating and supportive harness, strong compression strap system and a wide, load-bearing waistbelt.
  • Alpine suspension modified to maximize ventilation, while maintaining excellent support and load transfer
  • Fixed harness components simplify the fitting process and minimize pack weight
  • Highly functional compression strap system effectively shrinks pack to minimal volume, and tucks away when not needed
  • Skirt extension adds 375 cu.in. of carrying capacity
  • Floating top lid with bungee web is removable to reduce weight
  • Roomy front pocket provides convenient storage for frequently used items
  • Ice axe and ski pole attachment straps
  • Stretch woven side pockets offer quick storage and access
  • Sleeping pad straps are stowable to reduce clutter when not needed
  • Externally accessed hydration sleeve (reservoir not included)
  • Made in Philippines
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Specs about Mountain Hardwear Kanza 55 Backpack - Internal Frame
  • Pack material: 100 denier HT ripstop dobby nylon, 420 denier HD nylon
  • Frame type: Internal
  • Frame material: High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Hydration compatible: Yes
  • Pack loading: Top
  • Ice tool/trekking pole loops: Yes
  • Recommended use: Backpacking Multiday
  • Volume liters: 55
  • M:
  • Dimensions: 28x15x14"
  • Pack capacity: 3350 cu.in.
  • Weight: 3 lb. 5 oz.
  • Fits torsos: 17 - 20"
  • L:
  • Dimensions: 30x15x14"
  • Pack capacity: 3650 cu.in.
  • Weight: 3 lb. 9 oz.
  • Fits torsos: 19-1/2 - 22-1/2"
  • Made in Philippines
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  • US shipments only

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Reviewed by Happy Camper from Aspen on Friday, March 22, 2013
Awesome pack. Lots of straps, pockets and features and MH still managed to keep it Lightweight .
Super comfy to wear even fully loaded.
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  • Reviewed by Susan and happy mountain hiker from California and Arizona on Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Backpacks are a very personal choice. I have used this bag on 6 short trips (1-2 nights) and it has served me well. I appreciate the lightness and will sacrifice added features for this. It compresses well and adjusts easily. I usually carry "all inside" the bag, but have had my pad or tent on the outside, bottom on occasion. The straps worked well for this. Treking poles attach easily. It is not the most durable bag - I can see that some seams or the fabric is going to give in time, and more quickly than in a heavier Gregory option, but, when that happens to the extent that it must be replaced, I will again chose a lighter option such as this.
  • Reviewed by SoCal Hiker from Southern California on Sunday, October 6, 2013
    I needed a fairly light pack that accommodates a bear canister (BV 500 size), and this fit the bill. Great for when you have bulky gear, and it has
  • Reviewed by NW Dave from Washington on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
    Been on one trip so far with 35lbs in it, pack was stable and comfortable, seems well built and not too heavy.
  • Reviewed by Jason the Hiker from NJ on Sunday, August 4, 2013
    This is a well-designed pack and very light-weight, but it's not built to withstand years of use, in my opinion. This pack had to be replaced after the first extended usage (5 days) in the Denali backcountry because the straps around both of the water-bottle pockets frayed and began to tear for no apparent reason--I suspect a design or materials flaw. Sierra Trading post replaced it at no charge, and so I'm willing to give it another go, but if it happens again, I will have to change to another pack. The nylon also isn't extremely durable and I managed to put a tear in it by setting the pack down too hard against rock when fully loaded--I'll have to remember to baby the new one a bit. However, it's a light-weight pack, comfortable pack with good carrying capacity, and expandability for larger loads and it carries weight well.
  • Reviewed by Jaymtb from Colorado Mountains on Saturday, July 13, 2013
    This pack has excellent weight to service ratio. You can strip it down by removing top pocket and lining parts.

    Waist belt comfortable and easily adjusted, unlike many that have hard edges or press too low.

    At first the aluminum stay seemed to poke me in the lumbar area, but it is easily removed and bent to fit your back contour.

    The back pocket is right for raingear and other essentials. No signs of strain with heavier loads.

    It expands enough to carry more food for earlier parts of a trip, without needing a bigger pack.

    The close carry position of the pack is stable for backcountry skiing.

    Of course, you can't go wrong with STP guarantee and Mountain Hardware reputation.

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