The Kathmandu Trekking App is a great way to plan and organize your adventure. Kathmandu Pocket Pack 15L V4 is a lightweight backpack made of nylon and polyester. It has many pockets, including one for an iPad. The bag also has a lot of room for other items like books, water bottles, and more.

If you’ve never heard of packable daypacks, prepare to have your head blown. These clever backpacks compress down to the size of a Coke can, allowing you to store them in a more extensive travel bag and deploy them as required.

That’s how we put the 15L Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 packable daypack, which collapses to the size of a tiny notepad, to the test (or, for all of you animal lovers out there, a little turtle). On vacation to Belize, we packed this bag inside the Incase EO Travel Backpack and used it for day excursions. After returning to Detroit, we put the Pocket Pack V4 through its paces as a daily driver, placing additional weight on it to see how it would stand up to more rigorous usage.

Aesthetics & Materials

The Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 has a traditional backpack look, which we love. Most packable backpacks resemble packable daypacks, which we’re glad isn’t the case here. But, of course, the fact that it is a packable daypack is unavoidable. Its compact dimensions and outer nylon ripstop fabric underline this point.

Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 MaterialThe nylon ripstop is tough and tear-resistant. It’s a good option, and we think it’ll stand well. However, we’ve had severe durability difficulties in other areas (spoiler alert: there’s a hole), which we’ll discuss in more detail later in this review.

Ripstop is very lightweight, at just 5.6 ounces. So while it isn’t the lightest packable daypack on the market, it won’t add unnecessary weight to your luggage.

Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 ZippersYKK zippers are used throughout this backpack, a recognized brand that produces high-quality items; therefore, we have no qualms regarding its durability.

To conclude this section, the Pocket Pack V4 is now available in two colorways: black and russet (a reddish-pink). As usual, we prefer black over the brighter color since it draws less attention and conceals more stains/dirt. You, on the other hand, do you.

Components from Outside

Harness systems in packable daypacks aren’t well-known. It’s no different with the Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4.

The straps are thin and flat, and they’re surprisingly comfy. You know, for a daypack that can be packed. Compared to backpacks with beefier harness systems, they’re not going to win any prizes.

Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 Shoulder StrapDespite this, the straps can support a significant amount of weight. As previously said, we’ve put this pack through its paces as a daily driver, carrying everything we need for a productive day at the co-working space. Despite the significant burden, it has remained quite pleasant to hold. In addition, the straps have a tiny layer of mesh to aid ventilation. They’re also simple to work with. Although we have not experienced this ourselves, we read on the Kathmandu website that the straps are slick and will come undone on their own.

That’s all there is to the harness system. There isn’t even a sternum strap. On a 15L backpack, we don’t believe you need anything spectacular. Besides, anything beefier would add weight to the packable daypack, which is the exact reverse of what you want. However, if you want a lot of support, this harness system will disappoint you (albeit, as previously said, it is comfortable for what it is).

Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 Top HandleA tiny top handle may also be seen on the outside. We appreciate that it’s compact and discreet, which helps lighten the load. It comes in handy when you need to get your bag off the ground or out from beneath the seat. However, there are some trust difficulties here. Remember how we hinted at a hole earlier? It seems to have formed along a seam, and we’re concerned that another seam may rip when carrying the pack by this handle. So far, nothing has gone wrong. We are, nevertheless, concerned.

Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 ClipFinally, after you’ve compressed the pack, there’s a little clip to attach it to your travel bag or belt if you’re feeling brave.

Inside the Bundle

The Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 is like all other packable daypacks in that there isn’t much going on inside. However, to attain such packability, you must compromise a sophisticated organization. There are two compartments: the front zipped quick-grab pocket and the main compartment.

Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 Front PocketThe stuff bag is also a quick-grab pocket. It’s straightforward to fill and remove the bag, which isn’t the case with many other packable daypacks. We appreciate how there are two different colored zipper pulls to assist you in distinguishing between the zipper for compressing the pack and the zipper for just getting in and out of the pocket.

When compressed, the clip that lies on top of the pack is located within. This clip serves as a critical clip while the pack is in backpack mode.

Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 Hole When ExpandedThat’s all there is to it…except for the massive hole. Yes, you’ll be able to locate it here. To be clear, this hole is unique to our pack and seems to be a manufacturing flaw—it appears to have formed along a seam. It’s not the primary ripstop that ripped, but the softer stretchier material that links to it. We haven’t utilized this front pocket much since we don’t want to exacerbate the hole anymore. We’ve just done it for snacks thus far. We’d drop all those quick-grab goods here if the hole wasn’t here—phone, keys, wallet, and so on.

Kathmandu Pocket Pack V4 Main Compartment PackedThe main compartment is next, which is essentially a vast, empty area. Inside, there is no organization. It gussets out just a smidgeon, allowing it to hold a lot of items. A 15-inch laptop (in a case, of course), a Roost Stand, a tech kit, and a water bottle have all been placed here.

Unless you like messed-up messes, packing cubes and accessory pouches are recommended. You don’t have much to carry, or you don’t have much to bear.

Testing & Durability

Unfortunately, Kathmandu falls short on the durability front. As we’ve mentioned throughout this review, the large hole that runs down the seam inside the front pocket is troubling. Especially when it appeared out of nowhere after two weeks of testing. Seriously, we have no clue how or why this abyss evolved. Again, this hole seems to be a flaw with our particular pack, but we can’t be sure.

Even though we haven’t been utilizing the front pocket for anything other than a few small nibbles, the hole has become more prominent as we’ve continued to test it. We have little faith in this pack’s ability to endure. Overall, we’re disappointed since we like many other aspects of the Pocket Pack.

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