Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Gear Review: Sandugo Khumbu 40 Pack


One of my packs is a Sandugo Khumbu 40. Because my climb requirements use up at least 50L most of the time, I've previously used it only once - on a trip up Mt. Kinabalu - but I decided to use it again this time for a Mt. Pulag Traverse from Akiki to Ambaguio.

The 30-kilometer trail presented some challenges and I took a minimalist approach, bringing just a set of clothes and some extra garments, doing away with my dSLR, among other modifications. A 40L bag would be more bearable considering the steepness of Akiki and the length of Ambaguio.

The Sandugo Khumbu 40 was quite light, and one of its impressive innovations was the customizable configuration of the main compartment. Even if you put an earth pad and stretch its height to the size of the pad, it can accommodate, thanks to the numerous

There is also a mesh outer compartment where you can stuff random things like trail trash, raincoat, or anything that you don't want inside the main, dray, compartment.

As for waterproofing, just like the usual Deuters you have to install some extra measures, like a raincover, a large plastic bag inside, etc. But when we had some rains in the Ambaguio trail of Mt. Pulag it worked perfectly well - no major problem like a bag getting nastily heavy just because it got wet.

The only difficulty I faced with the Khumbu 40 is that it does not automatically "balance" your body. The Deuters, with a back-hugging mechanism, kinda integrates with your body - and with a big hip belt at that that really puts the center of gravity to a manageable position, even with a very heavy pack. The Khumbu, with a a flat back, does not have this mechanism, although it does have a hip belt, and with some adjustments of its rips, it can be a pretty comfortable pack.

The fact that it's Filipino-made is also a plus, because somehow we have to encourage these brands to develop. It also has a price tag that is just a third of its foreign-made counterparts, which makes adding it to your hiking inventory quite easy. At the very least, as a spare bag. In sum, I think the Khumbu 40 is a nice bag and I think it will see more adventures with me in the future!

7 comments:

campsandugo said...

Hi there! Many thanks from Camp Sandugo! We are grateful for this wonderful review. It's good to know that Khumbu 40 was able to suit your needs. Rest assured that your comment regarding 'balance' will be considered in order to improve our product.

Good luck on your adventures and we hope that you will continue to bring Camp Sandugo products in your next trips! Thank you very much and we are looking forward to hearing from you again.

gideon said...

likewise, more power to camp sandugo.. keep making good outdoor products! feel free to contact me at gideon@pinoymountaineer.com

Anonymous said...

like this bag.!!!available to sa mindanao?

Anonymous said...

one problem that I encounter with Khumbu 40 is that the strap is not that reliable. During a minor climb the strap broke. Hope you guys redesign the strap adding more stability to its design.

Anonymous said...

This pack is heavy. It would have been better if they used lighter materials. Price is good but still it would have been better if it was lighter. I agree with the other comment about the durability of the straps, mine had one of it's compression straps ripped already after few days of normal use.

Huliosis said...

Got mine last November 2012. Love the black color. Have used it 4x now. Sad though, some stitches couldn't bear the weight when fully packed. One of my load lifters and the handle near the hydration tube outlet have all stitches torn.

Plus,there's the left portion on back where the AeroVent logo is stitched seems to bulk out. Don't know if the Aluminum Stays is causing it or I just don't know how to maximize my backpack. XD

Wish it came with a manual. XD Had to discover how to adjust it accordingly by trial and error. Didn't know you could adjust the shoulder straps or where the hydra-tube outlet was located.

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