First Impressions: Gossamer Gear Kumo Pack

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If you’ve read the previous post you will know that I need a new daypack overnight pack. This is the choice, the Gossamer Gear Kumo pack. this is rated at 36 litres in total, 28 litres in the main pack. My version, large back size and including a mat insert, weighs dead on 500 grams.

I’ve not had this that long but it has already spent a few days on the hills and has been taken to Berlin as my main luggage and then strolling-around pack.

So far I’ve found this to be pretty comfortable even when carrying more than the maximum carrying weight (which is about 11 kilograms).

Basically, this is simple frameless pack. Structure to the pack is given by a sit bad which skips into a fabric holder on the rear of the pack. The mat is made of the same material as the GG Nightlite mat. I used one of these mats for years and, indeed, have it down the back of my main MLD Exodus pack. The mat doesn’t help in distributing weight but it does make the whole thing a little more rigid and comfortable.

The hip belt is reasonably wide but minimalistic — there is no padding on the hip section of the belt. In practice I don’t find the belt necessary to help carry weight, it is more useful to keep the pack from moving. If I was walking on reasonably flat trails I wouldn’t be worried about using the hip belt at all; it is removable. I used this pack in Berlin without the hip belt and it was comfortable enough even when over weight.

Most of the pressure here is taken up by the shoulder straps. These aren’t padded either, rather they are made of a reasonably thin foam which does seem to absorb pressure well. It helps that the straps are generously wide to help distribute the load.

There are no pockets on the hip belt, though you can buy these as extras. The two side pockets are generously sized and have drain holes built into then. The pocket on the front (which you can see in the pic) is pretty generous. The base of the pocket and the base of the pack has extra reenforcement from another lightweight fabric.

There are no compression straps as such. On each side of the pack is a line of lightweight bungee chord that can be tensioned to both reduce pack volume and to secure tall objects stored in the pockets — you can’t see well here but this chord is securing both two poles and a water bottle/filter on the other side.

The lid is interesting. Inside the lid are two clips that allow you to tighten things a bit. The lid itself connects to the pack using two small and light line locs. This may be a lightweight arrangement but these lines work well in ensuring the pack is tightly closed. This lid has a compartment that is accessed by the zip on the left. The zip is designed so that it is closed when at the bottom of the zip line; I like this as it means the zip can’t gradually open from the top. I’m not a fan at all of  pack lids as there is a tendency to stash too much weight in here and things can get a little unstable. On this pack the lid has a limited capacity but the design means the pocket is quite useful.

So far I have enjoyed using the pack. It is a proper lightweight pack which I appreciate. it can happily carry a load for an overnighter carrying even a winter load.

I shall report back after it has had a little more use but if you are in the market for something in this range the Kumo is well worth checking out.

Comments

  1. Willem Fox says:

    My go-to pack since 3 years for everything less than 4 days,
    Great pack!

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