Carry that weight.
You never know what the day's going to hold when you leave home, so it's best to stay prepared with the Burton Kilo 27L Backpack. Slip your laptop into the padded compartment, slide your tablet into the fleece-lined sleeve, and tuck your miscellaneous gear into any of the multitude of pockets. When you get to school, slip your skateboard into the vertical carry straps and act like being this cool is no big deal.
- Polyester fabric
- Padded 17in laptop sleeve
- Fleece-lined tablet sleeve
- Vertical skate carry
- Multiple external pockets
- Internal pockets and organizer
- Key clip
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
It has enough compartments for everything I need. I love the media pocket that is lined with super soft material so I can throw my phone in there and not worry about any damage. Fits my 15" Macbook with no issues. I really like the look and it feels great on my back. The only thing I don't love is the curve of the main zipper is made so the backpack can easily open all the way. That is why I am giving it 4 stars. Overall, pretty pleased.
I love the bright color of this pack. It may not be for everyone, but there are many options to cater to different tastes.
Angels Landing Trail - Zion National Park
This backpack holds a lot of gear.
Taking a break to enjoy the view on the Angel's Landing hike in Zion National Park.
Carry lots of kilos
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am not exactly sure what use Burton had in mind when they designed this pack, but I have used it in many different situations and am very pleased with the results. For a quick and dirty summary skip to the last paragraph. For all the deets read on.
Fit: This backpack carries weight pretty well. I carried enough for two people for a whole day of hiking without a problem. Two pairs of shoes, two jackets, two water bottles, and some snacks fit fine. Having a volume of 27L it is a fairly big pack. It has a fairly boxy shape which tends to carry the load further away from the body than I would like. Having said that scrambling up rocky surfaces on hikes I didn't really notice the pack was there. The pack looked fairly large on me, I am 5'8" for reference. The straps have good padding. Heavier loads were not an issue.
Features: The Kilo has a padded laptop sleeve that can easily fit a 15" laptop. It may be able to fit a 17", but I was unable to test because I don't have a 17" laptop. The interior also has a couple other sleeves and a zippered mesh pocket. The exterior has four additional pockets. One is fleece lined making it perfect for your sunglasses or phone. All the exterior pockets are zippered and have a flap of fabric that covers the zippers hiding them fairly well. The zippers and covers make sure you don't have to worry about anything falling out of the pockets. It has an adjustable sternum strap, which really helped the pack stay in place. The sternum strap slides up and down on some piping sewn into the fabric. It is fairly hard to adjust. The plastic c clip that slides on the piping tends to catch on the fabric. Hopefully it will loosen up over time. I love the huge zippered opening to the main compartment. It allows you to really open up the pack and easily grab what you need without digging around in the bottom.
Performance: When the pack is full it can be difficult to remove large items from the exterior pockets, especially the side pockets. The way the pockets are designed it kind of traps your hand in the pockets. I appreciate the added security of the zippers, but mesh side pockets like you see on many other packs make it easier to quickly grab or stash items. I used the Kilo hiking and commuting on my bike. It worked very well in both those situations. A basic waist strap may have helped in those cases, but I don't think the pack was designed for those uses. I also used it while riding my motorcycle. It worked really great, other than there is no way to tie down some of the loose ends of some of the adjustment straps. This would cause them to flap in the wind, which was an annoyance more than anything. I also wish there was some form of compression strap, so you could compress the pack down when you use it to carry less than a full load. Where the Burton Kilo really shined was when I used it as a weekend pack for travelling. All the pockets made it easy to find a home for everything and keep organized. I would imagine this would also make a great school pack. After a month of near daily use, the fabric has held up great. The pack looks almost new.
Pros: Large size makes it easy to pack a full day's worth of stuff.
Numerous pockets help keep you organized and put everything in it's place.
Large zippered pocket allows easy access to all your stuff inside
Lots of colors and designs should allow anyone to find one to fit their style
Cons: Difficult to adjust sternum strap.
Excess strap from the shoulder strap adjustment flaps around in the wind when moving at high velocity.
The way the shoulder straps connect into the bag cause it to lean out from the body slightly.
Overall I am very happy with the Burton Kilo. I have a backpack "problem" and have over a dozen backpacks. I am constantly reaching for the Kilo. It's large size means that it will fit what I want to take. I love all the pockets. It has great casual looks, but also performs. Just a great versatile pack.