Karrimor Cheetah 60-85 Backpack, Rucsac or Rucksack
Product Review & Walking Gear Test

Karrimor Cheetah 60-85 Backpack, Rucsac or Rucksack Karrimor Cheetah 60-85 Backpack, Rucsac or Rucksack
Cheetah 60-85 Backpack, Rucsac or Rucksack

Vital Statistics:

Colours:
Black/Cinder, Gold/Cinder

Weight:
2320 gms

SRP:
£140.00

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

Whilst I've not yet had opportunity to use the Karrimor Cheetah on an actual backpacking trip, I have used it as my pack on several long, day walks when I've had full winter day's kit with me.

The main compartment is a great size and is easy to access from the top and also from a side zip. There is also a separate base compartment with its own access. The two way zip to this appears to be quite robust (always a concern of mine) and has a couple of good sized tags to help when wearing gloves. There is a zipped divider between the main and lower compartment - so it is possible to have one big space if necessary.

I did not fill the backpack so the top and bottom load compression was important for me - it certainly worked well in stabilising the pack.The lid is fixed (and has a bungey cord for attaching eg bed roll/sleeping mat) but can extend upwards to accommodate larger loads. There is also a strap across the top of the main bag section, which can be used to anchor items such as a sleeping bag under the lid, across the top of the bag.

I was really very comfortable wearing the Cheetah throughout the day. The shoulder straps and the hip belt are very well padded. The SA2 back system did a good job in transferring weight to my hips - the belt really did seem to hug my hips very comfortably.

The back length is adjustable (although I found some of the strapping a little stiff.) Moreover, I didn't find the back systems at all restricting for example when walking with poles.

There are a useful selection of pockets; there is a a good sized zip pocket on top of the lid, a zipped net one on the inside of the lid, two large side-front zipped pockets (just about accessible when the lid is closed), a large front flat pocket. There are also loops on top of top for a bed roll or insulation mat. The front also has two sets of walking poles/ice axe attachment points.

I've used the Karrimor Cheetah during some quite persistent rain and found that the rain resistance was pretty good. However it does come with a (black) water-proof cover which is secured by means of a reasonably effective draw-cord. Irrespective of this, though, I always keep my stuff in plastic bags - climbing into a wet sleeping bag is really not an option! Incidentally - I always think it is a shame when a backpack in a really bright, easy-to-spot colour such as the Gold option for the Cheetah, comes with a water-proof cover that is black.

We've not had the Cheetah on test long enough to check the durability of the material and/or the padding in the shoulder straps and belt. So far, though, I've been quite impressed with it.

Buying Advice:

The Karrimor Cheetah 60-85 backpack is a well specified, competitively priced backpack - a great option for multi-day walking trips with all but the heaviest of loads. It's comfortable, relatively water resistant and has enough easy access storage for your day's needs (food, poles, OS maps, gps etc ) without having to access the main body of backpack.




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