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Tatonka Kings Peak 38l

Tatonka King's Peak 38



Our Rating:

Lightweight and versatile, the Kings Peak is a strong offering in the mid-sized packs line-up.

A system of fibreglass rods and tensioned fabric form the frame for this ventilated harness, but I liked how it can be made more compact by removing the rods to create a frameless pack. The system is also easily adjusted to fit a range of body shapes and sizes.

The waistbelt, while minimally padded, is supportive and comfortable. I prefer these more flexible, minimalist waist belts as they reduce bulk and weight, contour to different waists and dry quickly after a day in the rain.

The shoulder straps are narrow and could be a tad wider for better comfort under heavier loads, but overall served their purpose well.

Dual compartments and a mid-weight 450 denier polyester define the main sack, but those who prefer a single, large compartment can simply open the divider. The fabric selection – and light frame – has created a pack that comes in at a respectable 1750g, but is hard wearing enough to handle some bush bashing and transalpine duties.

There is a convenient attachment for carrying walking poles or ice axe, though it worked better for the former than the latter.

A potential weak point is the stretchy material used for the main compartment’s side pockets, which look prone to wear in really rough conditions.

A large external pocket provides capacity to carry a wet jacket or spare clothing, but would benefit from a waterproof zip for better weather sealing, as would the zip in the pack’s main lid pocket. A pack cover is supplied but these don’t normally guarantee dry gear like a pack liner does.

Overall, a well-engineered, lightweight pack suited to overnight trips. It would benefit from a couple of minor improvements.