Having been a huge fan of their Raptor range since the original versions, especially the most compact version, the Raptor 6 for single and multi day adventures and races, the pack’s fit and bomber stability was its defining feature. Updated, the Raptors are packed with numerous well thought out features and along with a semi rigid frame, integral to their stable and form fitting back fit system, they aren’t the lightest of packs. If you simply wanted to carry extra water, the Raptor could be excessive and this is a gap which the Katari/Kitsuma ranges exploit.
Out of the box, the Katari is super light in hand with a more flexible frame, the pack without bladder coming in at 200g. Its straps and body are pared down to an absolute minimum whilst retaining just enough structure and body form shape. To maintain its feathery weight, features are also kept to an real minimum; a reflective attachment point for a rear light and a top, zipped pocket, just large enough for essential items such as glasses, wallet and passport, along with a key clip. Overall length is about 35mm shorter than the Raptor 6. The bladder is their standard top opening version with a sliding closure. To prevent it sliding down into the pack and folding over on itself as it empties, there is a small clip at the top of the pack which loops through the top of the bladder, and in keeping with the pack’s design, minimal in stature. The overall closure of the pack is via a loop and toggle, which again is kept small. As with many of their packs, the drink pipe can be set up either side and the nozzle is held in situ by a magnetic clip.