Arc'teryx Kata 45

Jun 1, 2012
Outside Magazine

BEST FOR: Scrambling and peak bagging. THE TEST: With a rolltop closure to tuck everything safely away and few outer pockets, the 45-liter Kata was built for abuse. We slid through slot canyons in Utah’s Escalante region and bushwhacked in tight trees in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, and the pack’s high-denier reinforced Cordura fabric still looked virtually new. The zippered kangaroo pocket in front and dual-pocket top pouch made it easy to grab necessities, though several testers wished for more organizational features. Once everything was inside, however, we agreed that this pack rode the best of any here. One knock: the back panel doesn’t breathe as well as some others. THE VERDICT: Redefines bombproof. 3.7 lbs


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