Review: Karrimor Sabre Delta 25

Here’s the feature list from the website:

“With the Coolmesh windtunnel back system the Delta 25 allows moisture to evaporate and be carried away from your back.

Main fabric, KS100e:

KS100e is a 1000 Denier Nylon fabric coated with a Silicone/PU elastomer for improved tear strength and flex resistance. Finished with a fluorocarbon durable water repellent (DWR) that improves the water resistance of the fabric.

Features

  • Coolmesh Windtunnel back system
  • S-shaped shoulder harness
  • Sternum strap
  • One main compartment
  • Mesh side pockets
  • Hydration system compatible
  • Compression straps
  • Shock cord carry system
  • Crampon loops
  • Ice axe holder
  • Map pocket
  • Rotproof thread
  • Reinforced with bartacks
  • Durable water repellent (DWR)
  • YKK Zips

Volume: approx. 1,525 cu. in”

 

I was very impressed with this pack when I first opened the box.  The Karrimor Sabre Delta 25 immediately exudes quality when you handle it.  The shoulder straps and back are thickly padded, the stitching is beautiful, and the product’s finish is exceptional.  Did I mention I was impressed?

Starting with the exterior, the two mesh pockets are decent for water bottles, or small items you might need right away.  There are ice axe and crampon loops, which will never get any use from me, so I can’t comment on their effectiveness, but the shock cord is perfect for stashing a light jacket.  The map pocket is sized for smaller items at about 10″ x 8″, and the compression straps do a good job tightening up the pack when it’s not full, or securing the loads inside.  The zippers are nice YKK units with paracord pulls.  I particularly like the rubber lined main zipper.  Topping the pack is a nice large grab handle.  Next to the grab handle is a large pass through that goes from the top of the pack down into the main pocket.  The back panel of the pack has a deep channel and mesh for cooling.  There’s a nice sternum strap with elastic for ease of movement.  There’s also a wide, but un-padded, stabilizing hip/waist strap.  The mesh where the strap attaches to the bag is a nice detail.  The top of the pack features stabilization straps normally found on much taller packs.

Inside the main pack is one large main pocket with a small divider presumably for a hydration bladder and a small zippered pouch.  I’d love a few more smaller pockets or dividers in either the main pack or the map pocket for more organization, as the pockets tends to “black hole” my smaller items.  The pass through at the top of the pack is interesting.  It’s much larger than a normal hydration tube pass through.  You might make use of this pass through for carrying items longer than the inside of the pack would normally allow.  We are going to have to test what type of options this give us in the future.  The strap stabilization straps might be there just for this purpose.

The pack feels very form fitting and aerodynamic when worn.  It is very comfortable even when carrying 20lbs.  The channel between the pack and your back is also great as it allows for airflow to cool and dry the middle of your back.  More testing needs to be done to test the water resistance of the fabric, but it did work for a very light drizzle that lasted about 10 minutes.

At just under $120 ($117.49), the Karrimor SF pack isn’t exactly cheap, but…seems to buck the old saying “you get what you pay for”.  I’d expect this pack to be more in the $150-$175 range, and expect it perform with $200+ commercial hiking packs.

 

The back of the pack; note the compression straps, mesh, and shock cord
The front of the pack; note the compression straps, mesh, and shock cord

 

Padding on the back of the pack. The channel promotes air flow.
Padding on the back of the pack. The channel promotes air flow.

 

Load adjustment points on top of shoulder straps
Load adjustment points on top of shoulder straps
Rubber zipper covers help with water resistance
Rubber zipper covers help with water resistance

 

Pocket on the front of the pack
Pocket on the front of the pack

 

Inside the main pocket of the pack. Sleeve against the back of the pack, and a small zippered pouch on the front side.
Inside the main pocket of the pack. Sleeve against the back of the pack, and a small zippered pouch on the front side.

 

Cramp-on loops...I doubt I'll ever use these.
Cramp-on loops…I doubt I’ll ever use these.  The mesh pockets work well for holding smaller bottle and items.  the standard Nalgene bottles are too large.

 

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