KS packs

Lightweight and durable backpacks from a simple and rational building.


Concept: minimal accessories well placed for maximum efficiency!

Main application: Ultralight hiking, ultralight trekking....
(Best profit, benefice, for base gear list up to 4 kg)
200D Nylon Diamond spectra ripstop finish, Bottom, side pockets, waist and
 shoulder strap are made of black cordura 330D by default.

Only load lifter cord option on
 this X21RC cloud grey KS50 pack,
default front pocket have now this design.
"Frame set" is optional 

KS packs series Fit:

Innovative fabrics, the weight / resistance ratio optimized for safe and sustainable using.

A large main tube simple and convenient to use.

 A large front pocket 8L (June 2020), made in duty nylon mesh by default (160 gr/m²) UV resistant, or fabric for color and opacity  in option (Fit mesh bottom part to drain water), to store shelter, clothing or other items even wet.

Shoulder straps (12 mm X 65 mm width): 10 mm high quality foam (since March 2018), covered inside by 2mm of 3D mesh, light, strong and very comfortable20 mm daisy chain included on shoulder strap up to load lifter start location for every packs by default (-5 gr if you want to remove).


A wide padded belt (KS 40/50) with 10 mm foam covered inner side by 2mm 3D  mesh, very comfortable and provide good load report on hip (with 25 mm webbing by default).
The padded part size is the same for every packs, the webbing strap length is adjusted according to customer waist size.

2 side pockets compact and easily accessible even the pack worn(if you want them taller by custom please note it means you must remove the pack to take the bottle) closer to the hips and lower back, ensuring comfort and balance. (drainage holes at corner bottom)
Side pockets enlarged since January 2018

A system of lateral shock cords, simple, light but very efficient (two 3 mm cord x 80 cm = +8 gr) / by  line locks , 11 loops in total including for the front pocket to allow shock cord lashing.


Top closure by simple and convenient by draw cord and  13 mm webbing strap (about 60 cm), which is fixed between the start of the shoulder straps up to the front pocket, making a load lifters effect .

13 mm webbing Sternum strap  adjustable and removable ( +10 gr) .

Every pack come with 1,8 meters of 2mm elastic shock cord and 1 cord lock to secure your sit pad on back or secure your pole using loops etc...

6 bottom additional loops in option.

2 removable waist pockets  for all models in option.

"Frame set" is optional 

Available in:

4 volumes: 28L, 38 L, 48 L, 58L
All KS packs are highly compressible, when hesitate, skip to a superior size for versatility may be suitable.

Fabrics (more explanation here): 

LS 07 Black Heather (125 gr/m2) for UL or SUL finish, DurableWaterRepellent (DWR) associate with Cordura 330 patch for bottom, side pockets and back of the pack in cordura 330D = enough resistant for thousands miles ! Weight gain from 200D standard pack = - 25 gr 

For thru-hike or with frame set option, KS60, prefer below:

VX07 SOFT (Light version 145 gr/m2) Black, silver grey or new Red :70 Nylon Ripstop face fabric treated with a DWR finish. Waterproof PU and polyester layer,  840D Polyester X Ply,  50 D Polyester Taffeta backing fabric.
Best ratio weight performance for SUL/UL pack.

Nylon 200D Spectra diamond ripstop (145 gr/m2) same finish but 10% lighter than formerly named nylon Dyneema X, very tear resistantavailable for pack body, bottom, waist, shoulder strap, pocket option etc.. water repellent.
 Best ratio weight performance for UL pack.

X-pac 21 RC (150 gr/m2) 210 denier Nylon face  Polyester X-PLY™ at 22° 5 mil shiny polyester film backing. Cloud grey color. DWR
Best ratio weight performance for UL pack.

 VX 07 (180 gr/m2) for colors choice Add + 20 gr 
38% Nylon 62% Polyester 70 denier double rip-stop Nylon face Black Polyester X-PLY™ at 22°  0.25 mil PET film 50 denier polyester taffeta backing. DWR

 VX 21(170 soft Brown to 220 gr/m2 firm) a little bit heavier than other but very good strength, abrasive resistant and DWR. Color available. Add +30 to 60 gr  from 200D 
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For bottom, Shoulder strap, padded waist and side pockets, 330D cordura black fabric (OR 500D for VX21FIRM finish) is used by default, change are possible by Option here.
 Nylon Spectra is also available for bottom, side pockets waist belt and shoulder strap here:option.


2 liters bottle in KS 50 pocket in PIC.
Side pockets compact and easily accessible even the pack worn.
Bottle size you can put inside one side pocket
1 L / KS30, 1,5L / KS 40, 2L for KS 50 or 2 X 1 liter"smart bottle " 7,5 cm diameter)
All pockets enlarged since January 2018
Fit side shock cord to maintain taller items, up to 3L water pouch for Ex.

Drawstring top closure by default: Draw cord/ cord lock (in PIC)
 covered by 13 mm compression strap.
Renfort patch color available in KS Packs menu

Default 13 mm strap and hook clipped on D ring,
keep secured even without tension on strap
(Twice stronger than 13 mm buckle for same weight. Buckle it is still available in 20 mm size option)

NEW 8L default front pocket with
front loops for bungee cord included (June 2020).
Default Bottom and side pockets in cordura 
 to modify: Explanation here.
Fabric front pocket option finish:
 with strong mesh at the bottom to drain water.

Included loops allow to use your pad on back
(Not compatible with anatomic belt, 3D mesh back option, no top and bottom loops in this case)
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5 torso sizes: 44 cm, 47 cm, 50 cm, 53 cm, 56 cm 
1) Mesure your back (torso size) like this (up to C7, not trapezius) and  add 3 CM 
2) And measure your usual backpack to be surebottom of the pack up to start of shoulder strap (If start part is inclined, take at middle point of one strap)
 3) By default (Subject to differ according to your legs length): for 1m62 ---> 44 cm 1 m 68---> 47 cm, 1m74--> 50 cm, 1m80-->53cm, 1m86-->56 cm ( Asiatic people may add 3 cm for this method)
Intersect the result of 3 methods to be sure.






Load lifter option is recommended for adjust your backpack torso length. (increases the length effect)

The weight of backpack are estimated with a a medium belt (for 90 cm usual pants belt) without accessory (sternum strap, bungee etc..) and without options.

Approximative size
KS 50 or 60 total length (collar full opened) is 80 cm, 75 cm for KS 40, 70 cm for KS30
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KS 30
Volume total : 28L ( 18 L body +8 L front pocket +1+1L side pocket), 
Estimate weight (without accessories): 340 gr  X-Pac X21RC or 200D Nylon/spectra. 
 For recommend base gear list up to 4 kg, comfort limit up to 9 kg, limit total loads up to 12 kg .
Maximum pack collar length = 70 cm, if you wear 53 cm or 56 cm torso size, consider the 10 cm extension collar option below.
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KS 40
Volume total : 38L ( 27 L body +8 L front pocket +1,5+1,5L side pocket), (Bear canister compatible only at outside top, BV500 can enter inside but the pack turn full rounded)
Estimate weight (without accessories): 360 gr  X-Pac X21RC or 200D Nylon/spectra. 
For recommend base gear list up to 4 kg, comfort limit up to 9 kg, limit total loads up to 12 kg . (SUL version of KS 30 and 40 here)
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KS 50 (Compatible BV500 inserted vertically inside, best location between shoulders according to my test)
Volume total 48 L (36+8+2+2), 
For recommend base gear list up to 4 kg, comfort limit up to 9 kg, limit total loads up to 12 kg . Estimated weight (without accessories) :  380 gr x-pac X21RC or 200D Nylon/spectra
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New KS 60, Roomy size to insert inside vertically bear canister with more comfort than KS50 or for bulky winter gears.
Volume total 58 L (45+8+2,5+2,5), 
For recommend base gear list up to 4 kg, comfort limit up to 9 kg, limit total loads up to 12 kg.
Estimated weight (without accessories) :  410 gr x-pac X21RC or 200D Nylon/spectra.
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                              Choose your usual pants size for Belt size
                   "Frame set" is optional 
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X21RC Cloud Grey is out of stock until 2021
VX21 BLACK  fabric is out of stock for body, still available for bottom, front and  side pockets etc: options here until 2021

KS Packs order:

sizes and fabric
Torso Sizes
Belt size
Front mesh fabric patch color
Pack body Fabric
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Front pocket fabric options if not default nylon mesh Cordura add 10 gr, VX07 soft,  200D nylon save 5 gr, other X-pac add a little, LS07 not recommended.

Nylon/Spectra fabric + 20 mm top strap/buckle option in PIC.
By default fit strong mesh at the bottom of pocket to drain water when fabric finish.


options:
Color if X-pac
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ADDITIONAL OPTIONS:
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Ice Axes Loops (can be used for trekking pole):
Fit 1 elastic cord and 1 cord lock/hook by loop, add 5 gr for one.
New cord lock hook


Right side in this PIC


 


Ice Axe Loops

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Removable pocket 1L: 

Size: 5X19X12/9 cm with waterproof zip and 1 key holder hook inside (one/pair).
Weight around:  24 gr LS07,  28 gr X21RC or Spectra, 30gr VX07, 35 gr VX21
Redesigned March 2018



model
Localisation (if single pocket)
Fabric color
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Hole for hydration pipe (with inside hook) and water pouch pocket  options for 35 cm X 17 cm X 7cm size water pouch.
(This pocket is compatible with internal pad pocket option but not with internal pocket option.) Add 3 gr or 20 gr


Placed at center, allow right or left pipe way out.

Water pouch + hook


H2o Options
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Back in mesh 3D add 60gr approx.
Padded with not removable 8mm foam pad add 85 gr


Back in 3D mesh (2 mm)
Back in 3D mesh padded with not removable 8mm foam. (total=10 mm)


3D spacer mesh option
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Internal pocket fixed or removable:
(around 20cm x 21cm) made of nylon ripstop 70 D black, mini velcro, FIXED: gr
REMOVABLE for UL satchel use fit hook and round cord: 17 gr

FIX
REMOVABLE for satchel use

Internal pocket
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Large belt option 38 mm with dual Adjust Side Release Buckle (in place of 25 mm default) for confort and better load report on waist. 
Add 14 gr in 85-94 cm belt size range:


Large belt 38 mm
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20 mm removable  (height adjustable) air sternum strap with whistle, weight 18 gr but add only 8gr from standard default 13 mm sternum strap.

Price: 550 JPY


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Dry bag type top closure system
The backpack don't turn waterproof with this option.
New velcro (Omni tape named) with soft touch, not agressive for skin and witch almost no stitch on other fabrics .Top 15 mm buckle:
Add around 12gr
(Associate with extension collar option is recommended mostly if you have 56 cm torso size, to increase rolled part longer) 




Dry bag top closure system
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Sit Pad pockets pair:
200D nylon/ spectra for add  16gr cordura 330D 18 gr 3D mesh add 24 gr

Made of 3D mesh add 24 gr


  Sit pad are sold below:

Sit Pad pockets
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Sit pad size around 25 x 50cm (rectangular since March 2018) according to your back length size, in durable ( Made in Japan) PE foam, 10 mm, color grey.
weight around 35 gr (torso 53 cm)
Full rolled pad in sale here
Price 1000 JPY
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Zipped front pocket option 8L(enlarged June 2020) same weight:


Zipped front pocket option:
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Internal pad pocket 
(rectangular ) Usable Width = 24 cm, length according to your torso size:
Using with removable pad, make the back of the pack more comfortable and more rigid.
Weight pocket around 15 gr
 Pad in option, shaped according to your back size in white PE foam 8 mm.
Weight around 22 gr

Internal pad pocket
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Load lifter strap :


For frame less pack the load lifter system work well only when the pack is full.
Load lifter option is recommended also for adjust your backpack torso length. (Increases the length effect)
Should be made from lineloc and rigid cord for UL pack .
Cord add 9 gr , 20 mm add 17gr. The 2 solutions works well, the cord may be changed when degraded, 20 mm strap may have easier handling .
20 mm webbing
Linelock + cord 

with
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Anatomic padded hip belt with side load lifter strap :
 For better load transfer on the hips, mostly slim people (Only waist 70 cm up to 84 cm) included 38mm webbing and buckle option, add around 40 gr.

Waist size (choose the same than for your pants)
Price: 2200 JPY
Standard padded belt
Anatomic padded belt
 Not compatible with the Sit Pad pockets option but compatible with the Internal pad pocket option  Fabric : Black 330D by default.
Also compatible with the frame set option and side removable waist pockets.
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Upper side pockets pair :

Strong mesh
 Pair add around 25 gr in strong mesh or fabric.
Fabric with 500 ml bottle
 (Fit hole at low corner to drain water)

Finish:
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Removable Frame se:
A good UL alternative if you don't use your rolled pad to create a frame in your backpack  and to optimize load transfer on hips .
 Easily removable (10 sec) frame aluminium tube, weight according to your torso size around 50 gr (25 gr + 25 gr for stays) + 10 gr for fixed loops. Associate with 38 mm waist strap/buckle option is recommended. 
Associate with load lifter strap or cord option is also recommended.
This option is compatible with backpack: KS packs, Alpisack, R-50, and all options even anatomic padded hip belt option.
Recommend to use with your sit pad in back, extern or intern, to keep the back of the structure.  




                                                  Effective load report on hip showed in "Frame set video"



Price: 3800 JPY
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Custom front pocket form with fabric stripe at top and separate top closure with triangle reinforcement patch (Top strap is not fixed directly on pocket like standard fitting but dissociate)
Available for standard mesh pocket and fabric pocket.
Stripe material: 200D N/Spectra or X-pac fabric
200D N/spectra top stripe

Red X-pac top stripe

Price: 1000 JPY

Top stripe fabric:
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Bottom loops options:
Option 1 = 4 loops at bottom
Option 2 = 4 gear loops at front of bottom add 2 gr
Option 3 = option 1 + option 2 = 6 loops in total (2 jointly)  add 3 gr 

4 loops at bottom
4 loops at front bottom



Loops options
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Strap size option:
20 mm width in place of standard 13 mm for shoulder strap webbing and top closure webbing
20 mm top closure strap webbing option add  7gr

20 mm shoulder strap webbing option add 12 gr



Localization:
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 Removable or fix "hand pull loops" :

Hand pull loops are made to insert the thumb to pull and relieve shoulder part. 
Size 20 mm. (The 20 mm daisy chain are now included by default)
Add around Fix 10 gr/pair (Removable mean you can put off the loop when no needed) Removable  15gr.
Not compatible with Lycra mesh pocket option
Removable hand pull.



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 Y shaped top closure strap:
Useful if you planned to carry big item like bear canister (some people use the default strap), in other cases, standard close by 13 mm or 20 mm strap is enough efficient even for a rolled pad.
13 mm + hook add around 10 gr  (Top maximum length = 2X70 cm+ front hook attach)
20 mm + buckle add around 20 gr (Top maximum length = 2X70 cm + front 20 cm strap/buckle)
(Associate with the front pocket custom form option is recommended to dissociate pocket and strap and prevent slipping items .
20 mm strap



Size

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Lycra mesh shoulder pocket on shoulder strap:
For smartphone, compact camera, sun glasses or snack, not for water bottle. (Not compatible with hand pull loops option): 
Add 30 gr /pair (Not removable)
 Now heavy mesh for high durability (May 2019)
 Right pocket opened, left pocket Zipped by default or select on PayPal menu:



Lycra mesh shoulder pouch

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If single, position:
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Extension collar option  + 10 cm
By default, KS 50 total length (collar full opened like in PIC) is 80 cm, 75 cm for KS 40, 70 cm for KS30 .
To increase collar length for better efficient close (mostly if you have 56 cm torso size) or increase volume (bear canister inside for ex) you can add this option:
Weight for a KS 50 = around +14 gr /X21RC fabric, 10 gr /LS07, volume 5L
Price 1000 JPY


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Quick trekking pole holder
Usable the pack worn,  Add 6 to 12 gr 
(Only one side can support 2 poles but consider 2 sides for weight repartition and balance) 
Left side in this PIC

On
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"JOKER HAT " top closure option:
"Joker hat top closure"= dry bag type top closure combined with load lifter strap attach on shoulder strap (see picture), possibility to close like a simple dry bag, 20 mm strap and buckle
(Fit New velcro (Dec 2018) with soft touch, not agressive for skin and witch almost no stitch on other fabrics)Weight 22 gr   The backpack don't turn waterproof with this option.

Price 2000 JPY
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Bottom heavy lycra mesh pocket:
Available for right hand or left hand access.(Small trash hole at the opposite side corner)
Weight 14 gr , 16, 18 or 22 gr  according to bottom size.

Right hand open side


For
Open side
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 Rounded pouch:
  Multi usage: for bottle, soft flask or GPS, camera, snack, smartphone etc...
Volume 0, 6 L( 7cm diameter/ 17 cm)
Top and bottom fixation by two 25 mm clips, strong mesh at bottom.
Weight from 18gr (LS07)/ 200D and Soft VX07: 20 gr
0,5 L Bottle and 0,6L soft flask in sale here




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