Review: Mountain Equipment Kaniq 33 Backpack

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The Mountain Equipment Kaniq 33, MSRP: $265

The Mountain Equipment Kaniq 33, MSRP: $265

The Kaniq 33 is made for long days in high places. It’s light—33 ounces empty (or 22 ounces stripped)—with a main body, secured by a roll-down top; a stash pocket for wet clothes or quick-access items (e.g., avalanche shovel and probe); and two zippered pockets in the brain, plus a tuckable helmet-carry vest. The pack held up extremely well on alpine rock in the Tetons, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Cascades thanks to the PACT 300 and 100 R fabric. Meanwhile, the waterproof TPU laminate was great during glacier travel on Mount Rainier, keeping my bag dry through rain, mist, and while I rested on the glacier. With its minimalist design (no extra padding on the shoulder straps; a small sliding pad on the hip belt), the pack never hindered movement—the best thing an alpine pack can be is nonintrusive, and the Kaniq 33 delivered. Meanwhile, for skiing, the pack lets you carry skis and poles either diagonally or vertically.

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