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Versatile with two pockets, one with key holder inside. Doubles as a chest or hip bag
The entire front can be opened for a total overview of the contents
Oversized side pockets provide extra storage space, now with even easier access
Allows the attachment of equipment to the front of the backpack at the same time as the front straps are prevented from falling to the ground when you open the pack
Hidden compression poles run along the front of the backpack and help compress the pack evenly and efficiently. Upgraded with an easy removal function
Compression poles allow the straps to sit far apart from one another without losing their function. This makes the side pockets easy to access, even when the compression straps are drawn
Give easy access to a water bottle even when wearing the backpack. Now larger to accommodate bigger items. New construction of cord channel facilitates cord change
The Wet and Dry compartment with internal mesh pocket makes it easy to separate wet or dirty equipment from the rest of your pack
For easy attachment of your ground sheet or an extra jacket
New, reinforced opening for a water tube
Owner information covered by a flap
Lift the Adjust flap and pull the strap to adjust the backpack to the length of your back. The width of the shoulders can be fixed in three positions. The combination of these adjustments customizes the pack specifically to your back. Kajka's system for adjusting the backpack to the back length and shoulder width of the wearer is extremely user-friendly
Redesigned to cover a groundsheet or other equipment carried on the exterior of the pack
Elongated frame and adapted adjustments of the top lid give a better fit between the top lid and the pack, even when it is half empty
With pockets for keys, telephone or chocolate. New fabrics at pockets: one in mesh, one in primary fabric
Kajka is climate compensated for the emissions that arise in conjunction with its production and transportation. By supporting renewable energy projects reviewed by the un and certified in accordance with the Gold Standard, we can be certain that the compensation has the intended benefit for the environment
Hip Belt, Hip Belt Pockets, Detachable Lid, Sternum Strap, Load-Lifter Straps, Ice Axe / Trekking Pole Loops, Ventilated Back Panel, Water Bottle Pockets, Compression Straps, Organizer Panel, Adjustable Torso
Rated 5 out of
Worth Its Weight!When I set out to purchase a new pack, I thought I'd try and branch out a bit and research a number of packs before I made my decision. I looked at a lot of different options before I stumbled on the Kajka. It's easy to see why there isn't a whole lot of information available for this pack. The FjÃ¤llrÃ¤ven name certainly comes with a heavy price-tag, there are very few retail stores that carry the brand (making it difficult to get a hands-on look at the products), and most of the informational videos are typically just short over-views made by the company themselves. Fortunately, I live relatively close to the FjÃ¤llrÃ¤ven retail store in Boulder, CO. So I made the journey to find out more about the Kajka. After looking at the pack, the only thing keeping me away was the price-tag. I had a few promotional codes and decided to purchase the pack online.
So here is what I've found with the FjÃ¤llrÃ¤ven Kajka 65L Pack after receiving it and testing it out in the Colorado Backcountry...
Upon removing the Kajka from its factory plastic wrap, the smell of linseed oil and birch remind you of the unique wooden frame that the Kajka features (if you're not familiar, it's a very good smell). I was a little worried about the durability of a non metallic frame but once I got my hands on it, all my doubts were resolved. The frame is solid. FjÃ¤llrÃ¤ven claims that the use of birch wood for the frame reduces the pack's carbon footprint by 90%. I'm all for a lesser impact on the environment as long as I'm not substituting it for lesser quality and in this case, there is no substitute.
The pack feels very well built. The thick polyester/vinylon-f fabric that the Kajka is made with, gives the pack the feel that it can hold up to the toughest conditions. Seams feel well constructed and rugged, and zippers/buckles appear to be of a very high quality and operate smoothly. It is apparent that higher weight comes from the quality of the materials used. When purchasing a pack, you need to consider the trade off between weight and durability. While some other fabrics offer a good balance between the two, the Kajka seems to be at the far end of the spectrum... Heavy Weight/Extreme Durability.
Moving on to its appearance, the Kajka looks fairly minimalistic. For my style, it is another aspect of the pack that pushed me towards purchasing it. Despite it's simple looks, however, the Kajka is full of features. It seems as though every aspect of the pack has been very well thought out. Two metal rods run the length of the main compartment so that the compression straps pull all of the contents easily. Expanding side pockets allow for extra gear when full, but can lay flat when not being completely utilized. Pouches on each side of the pack allow water-bottles to be stored at different angles for easy access. The waist belt has a heavy-duty mesh pocket on the right and a closed pocket on the left. The main compartment can be opened up from the side, making it simple to get to your gear and avoid "digging" for that something at the bottom. Looking at the Kajka, it's almost hard to believe that there are too many features to list in a short review but that is exactly the case.
I know I've been praising this pack but it wouldn't be an honest review if I didn't list the negatives. It's weight... at just over 7 lbs, the Kajka is one of the heavier packs out there. The excellent suspension system, comfortable padding, and adjustability for torso length and shoulder size (S, M, L) seem to make the extra weight disappear when you wear it but ounces are ounces. The other negative.. The cost. Whereas I believe that this pack is worth every penny, at $370, I still found myself searching for ways to chip away at the price-tag. However, after I made the plunge, I've never been happier with any other pack. This is the nicest pack I have had the privilege of using and it will be with me for years to come.
Date published: 2015-11-19
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