Karrimor Pitch 18 rucksack


This cleverly designed Alpine pack is aimed at climbers. It would also work for walkers and cyclists.

I have been impressed by Karrimor’s latest product collections for walkers and runners. For years, it seemed as though this once popular, high quality brand had lost its way and could be recommended for only beginner or budget-friendly buys.

Now the company is back on form with a wide range of modern products that again hit the higher quality mark. The kit is still well priced and what I would describe as “mid-range”.

Black xxlI doubt that Karrimor would claim to be competing with the likes of top-end manufacturers such as The North Face, Osprey or Arc’teryx but, still, many of the items that I have tried I would recommend.

In particular, I like their rucksacks. I have been using a Karrimor X Lite 35+5 rucksack for all of my Munro bagging trips this year and I have found it comfortable, hard wearing and high on details. You can read more of my thoughts on my Fiona Outdoors blog.

Karrimor Pitch 18l pack

The Karrimor Pitch 18 is a small pack and perfect for day climbs, day walks in summer, level-level winter walks (when you do not need to carry too much kit), mountain biking or running. It would be a good rucksack for summer weather, when you may well be carrying less.

Side-carriers are robust and well made

It has only 18 litres of packing space, so that is worth thinking about if you are considering it to buy.

Although the pack is fairly minimalist (therefore quite light) and priced at £30 it does include some thoughtful features, such as “easy-access” axe loop and retainer.

Further features of the Karrimor Pitch 18 rucksack:

  • Adjustable chest and waist strap combined with a removable hip belt
  • “Airmesh Fform” back system for increased breathability
  • Main zipped compartment with an elasticated divider for storage
  • Hydration system compatibility
  • Zipped front compartment
  • Mitt-friendly grab handle and zippers
  • Security pocket with key clip
  • Chest and side compression straps
  • Easy-access gear loops
  • Weight: 690g

In particular, I really like the mitt-friendly grab handle and zippers. I get cold hands, even in summer, when walking and the over-sized carry handle and zip top openers are very easy to use even when wearing gloves.

All too often pack designers skimp on decent zips and pullers to keep the weight and cost down yet Karrimor has made a cheaper pack with good details.

Easy to use zips, even when wearing gloves.

The zips are easy to use, even when wearing gloves

I also like the design of the zips. Too many rucksacks these days have “sunken” zips, ie zips with over flaps, but these catch annoyingly. The Karrimor zips are very free and easy to use.

The rucksack is made of durable fabrics and looks very robust. It isn’t the lightest 18l pack on the market but sometimes it’s better to have a bit of weight and sturdiness in the fabric and straps so that the pack withstands more use.

The general comfort of this pack is good. It has a padded back (this might not suit very sweaty climbers and walkers although there is a central air flow area) and lightly padded shoulder straps with an easily adjusted chest strap. I am not overly keen on the hip “band”. It is less a hip-belt and more a length of webbing that clips together. For a smaller pack this is OK but I usually find that without a wider and more padded waist-strap it can become a bit irritating.

Having used the rucksack with a load inside it does feel comfortable. It also feels fairly balanced even when an ice axe is added. This surprised me because of the minimalist hipbelt.

There are enough useful pockets in the pack but not so many that you’ll lose things. The hydration compatible system is a standard set-up and easy to use with different water bladders.

Large, robust carrying handle.

Large, robust carrying handle

It’s a great starter rucksack for people who are getting into scrambling or day climbs and would make a good mid-range walking pack for lightweight summer day hikes or shorter winter walks at lower level when less kit is required.

I am impressed with the quality and features for the cost.

See Karrimor Pitch 18

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