Kathmandu EOS SL
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Colours: Grey/Green, Charcoal/Red
Sizes: 26 litres
Weight: 570 gms
Features to Note:
Kathmandu says:"Our Outdoor pack series provides durability, performance and comfort for day long adventures. The Eos is a fast and light top loading day mission pack."
Features to Note:
- Body - CORDURA® 210D fabric, a high-performance fabric resistant to abrasion, tears and scuffs.
- Removable frame sheet
- Pack dimensions within most airlines' carry-on limits
The Kathmandu Eos SL is good looking, light weight, daypack. The bag interior, which is accessed easily from the top via a draw-stringed opening and one front clasp, has two compartments plus one zipped pocket.
There are two external pockets - a mesh pocket for a drink bottle plus one zipped side pocket which was just big enough for hat, gloves or sunglasses. The exterior also includes one set of holders for a walking pole or an ice axe.
I'm 5'7'', female and was carrying my standard spring/summer day walk load. Overall, the fit was good on me - the tension on the shoulder straps could be adjusted from both the top and the bottom of the strap - so it was easy to get the backpack to sit comfortably.
At first sight, I thought that the minimal padding on the shoulder straps and the lack of any padding at all on the narrow hip belt would be a problem However, this was not the case. I found that the Eos was really very comfortable throughout the day.
The narrowness of the backpack overall meant that the freedom of movement was excellent which I noticed particularly when I was walking with poles.
The spec from the manufacturer suggests that the Eos is hydration-system compatible ... however, I have yet to locate this feature!
At 26 litres, the Kathmandu Eos SL is is a good size for most summer, spring or autumn day walking trips. If light weight (both the chest strap and hip belt are detachable if you need an even lighter pack) and therefore minimal features are your 'thing' then this under-stated but attractive daypack is a great option.
It is also ideal for higher energy activities such as Nordic Walking.
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