Badlands Kali; Womens specific pack.
The purchase & initial impressions
Pack ordered on-line from Skyview Outdoors, Surrey, BC. It used to be sold in Wholesale Sports, Kamloops, but it looks like these guys have had a bit of a re-vamp of their stock and it’s no longer there. It was being sold for $169.95 on WS, but Skyview were advertising it for $139.95 – the cheapest i’ve seen anywhere….I quickly found out that this had been a mistake on their part, putting the wrong price on the website, but they were good enough to immediately state that would be the price I would pay due to their error. Result. A very quick service from them with same-day despatch and two days later, my pack arrived.
Having not seen one of these in the flesh for a couple of months, the first thing i’m reminded of is the good size. Many of the other womens-specific packs I’ve revisited in the various stores this week, are day-packs and are a bit on the small side, unless you want to go for a 60 litre+ expedition pack.
The next thing is CAMO. I am admittedly, a recent accepter of all things camo. I remember laughing at Marc years ago back in the UK, going fishing or something, in his camo trousers. Always thought it was a bit overkill in England. But over in Canada, the culture is so centred around the outdoors, it’s VERY normal and in some cases, quite cool looking. So this pack is in Realtree AP. I understand it also comes in Realtree Max-1.
The pack has an airflow mesh back stretched out by a light, rigid frame which will help keep your back cool, when you’re warming up. I have experienced this feature before on my Deuter Futura daypack and I think it is definitely noticeable.
The straps seem nice and padded and are also a honey comb mesh underneath, again to help increase airflow. The waist straps are also wonderfully padded and again meshed. Each side has a pocket and a couple of points for attaching things onto, clips, carabinas and the like. Plenty of length on the webbing that will clip together and hold the waist strap in place. I’m not exactly skin and bone so this is an important feature for me 😉
The strap that clips across your chest to help hold the pack in place, spread the weight etc, is fully adjustable up-and-down. It’s on like a little rail and slides easily at both sides. This will be important to ladies who need to position this strap accurately, dependant on their assets, if you know what I mean. The pack has two decent sized water bottle pockets on either side too. Looks like they will be big enough to take decent sized, wide bottles.
Now onto the inside. The pack has two main pockets which opens using big, fat, rubberised zippers. These are a bit ugly if you ask me, but I’m confident they’ll do the job. The main compartment opens right down the pack, about 1/4 from the bottom, allowing for wide opening. There are two mesh compartments for slipping things inside the main section, but it’s pretty much one big, open compartment. Nice and wide if you need it to be, but with the usual straps on the outside for cinching it in when you’re packed up. There is also a flat compartment for slipping your hydration bladder inside and a clip at the top for supporting your bladder and holding it in place.
The smaller, second compartment has two adequately sized zipped mesh pockets and one, open mesh pocket. Looks OK, like they’ll hold quite a few of smaller bits as they go pretty deep. Then onto the last main feature which is the place to hold your bow or rifle. There is a fabric support which is zipped away at the bottom of the pack and a clip on the outside of the front of the pack which will hold your bow or rifle in place. Good idea!
Apart from the two pink logos and the pink “Badlands” stitched writing on the waist strap, there’s not really much else to suggest this is a women’s pack. The pack is getting a test this weekend, so I will be able to write about how this went, pretty soon!
Check out the gallery of pics I took of it yesterday;