Durston Kakwa 40

A place to chat about gear and the philosphy of ultralight. Ultralight bushwalking or backpacking focuses on carrying the lightest and simplest kit. There is still a good focus on safety and skill.
Forum rules
Ultralight Bushwalking/backpacking is about more than just gear lists. Ultralight walkers carefully consider gear based on the environment they are entering, the weather forecast, their own skill, other people in the group. Gear and systems are tested and tweaked.
If you are new to this area then welcome - Please remember that although the same ultralight philosophy can be used in all environments that the specific gear and skill required will vary greatly. It is very dangerous to assume that you can just copy someone else's gear list, but you are encouraged to ask questions, learn and start reducing the pack weight and enjoying the freedom that comes.

Common words
Base pack backpacking the mass of the backpack and the gear inside - not including consumables such as food, water and fuel
light backpacking base weight less than 9.1kg
ultralight backpacking base weight less than 4.5kg
super-ultralight backpacking base weight less than 2.3kg
extreme-ultralight backpacking base weight less than 1.4kg

Durston Kakwa 40

Postby Dutchie64 » Thu 14 Jul, 2022 2:44 pm


My wife received her Kakwa 40 back pack yesterday (her previous pack was the 2014 Osprey Exos 38).

She loaded it up with about 6kg and took it for a stroll in the neighbourhood (quite hilly) and came back about an hour later very impressed.

It is completely made out of Ultra 200 and has 2x hip belt pockets (too small for her phone), 2x stretchy shoulder pockets (big enough for her phone) and a "dual pull" hip belt. She has a size "S" and on the website it stated 770 grams for it but (unless my scales are off) when I weighed it, it came out as 730 grams.

The pack is very well made, double stitched and will last her quite a few years by the looks of it.

We are heading to the Blue Mountains for a long weekend hiking and hope to do a more detailed report then. But the initial impressions are very good.


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