The opportunity to hike into Havasupai Canyon fell into my lap, and I realized that I would need a new pack. I wanted something light, functional, comfortable, and inexpensive… and I found it: The Haiku 3000 from Kelty.
The Haiku is simple– it has only one large top-loading compartment. It also sports two mesh side pockets for water bottles, two long daisy chains for attaching gear, and an internal pouch for a CamelBak hydration system (other brands will fit, too).
This pack is light and comfortable. It weighs in at 3 pounds, 9 ounces, yet has a capacity of 3000 cubic inches. The back and shoulder strap padding is contoured and vented, and the waist belt/hip pads are comfy and snug. The torso length can be adjusted easily from 17 to 22 inches using a clever velcro panel.
I hiked into Havasupai with my wife and kids, so we moved pretty slowly– we covered the 8 miles to Supai Village in a little over 5 hours. When I unlatched the waist belt and swung my 30 pounds of pack and gear off my shoulders to set it down, I was stunned at how heavy it was! It was comfortable and out of my mind during the climb out, too. I am very happy with my Haiku, and I can’t imagine replacing it before it wears out.
If you are looking for a good weekend pack that does everything you need for a small price, check out the Kelty Haiku. It retails for $160, but you can get it from Amazon for $105.95, or from Campmor for only $79.97.