The Granite Gear Kahiltna 29 is a versatile, lightweight trail machine that will support you whether you’re heading home after a long day on campus or back out to the forest for some dirt time.
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Whenever I get a bag, there’s a ceremonial unloading of the old and loading of the new. While I’m doing this, I pay careful attention to my expectations: Do each of my EDC items have a place in this new bag? How intuitive is the layout? Are my expectations of what a good bag constitutes being met? Where are they being exceeded?
Here’s the short form stream of consciousness of my first impression.
Is that hip belt removable/stow-able—yup!
The Black/Neolime colorway is a little intense, but it’s high viz.
Where is Kahiltna? Longest glacier in the Alaska Range starting on the southwest side of Denali at 13,000 feet and moving 44 miles downhill to 1,000 feet where it terminates.
It’s got that classic Granite Gear 10mm webbing for compression.
The organization is okay. I never liked the organizational pocket being a symmetrical, yet smaller version of the main compartment, and placed low and away on the face of the pack. It’s that classic Jansport style Right Pack pocket. I hate that. That’s the worst place for a pocket.
The frame isn’t long enough for me. Spec sheet says fits 18-21’’ torsos. I’m right at 21 inches, but it’s not working. I either fit the shoulder straps and it rides too high, or I fit to the hip belt and it rides too low.
The hydration sleeve accepts a 13’’ Mac Book Air in an Incase padded sleeve.