The Kume 30L, designed for ski touring, skimo and mountaineering, is a technical backpack, well-featured while remaining exceptionally light with a large side zip. It is lightweight, functional and robust with a volume suitable for daily missions. Its skiPro straps and suspension system are designed for winter conditions and make the load comfortable to carry.
The back panel includes a removable metal stay to give additional weight-savings. The design of the Kume allows for skis to be carried in an A Frame, side or diagonal setup on the terrain. Its key feature is the 'speed' option which allows skis to be attached or detached without taking your backpack off.
Equipped with a separate avalanche safety pocket, a helmet holder, an axe holder and a separate compartment for fast roping, this backpack will be an essential companion for the most technical outdoor excursion.
• Separate avalanche safety pocket
• Two easy accesses to main compartment: Top drawstring entry and autolocking side zipper entry
• A-frame, (stowable) diagonal, side ski carrying options
• Two ice axe holders
• False bottom with a dedicated rope/crampons compartment
• Hydration bladder compatible
• Helmet holder included
• Side zipped pocket
• Removable back panel wire frame for added lightness
• Padded waist belt with included zipped pocket
• Safety whistle on the adjustable sternum strap
• Material: Ripstop Robic Nylon 210D
• Volume: 30L
• Dimensions: 55x28x22cm
• Back torso length: 47cm
• Weight: 1145g
• Ideal for: Ski Hiking, Ski Touring, Mountaineering
I have tried many packs in my 45 years of mountain travel. I have a fondness for technical ski packs and have tried many since I started more serious ski alpinism around 2005. For sure, there is no perfect pack. They all have their short comings and things I wish I could change. Sometimes, I get on the sewing machine and do just that.
I bought the Kume as a replacement for my CAMP Raptor. The Kume carries better. The wire back support is unnecessary for me and I removed it. The back pad is more than ample to provide some structure. I don't like the fact that the Kume betrays convention by putting the ski carry on the right side of the pack instead of the left which is typical in all race packs. There is a lot of muscle memory to fight here. I suppose I can learn but it seems an unnecessary change.
The zippered access is nice. The lid closure is fine and I think it improves upon a similar design by BD with the Cirque. The separate avalanche gear compartment is good.
The ski carry strap stowe compartment is over built and adds unnecessary weight. It also creates an awkward pull on the shoulder strap that I don't like. I have not arrived at a good solution for the diagonal configuration but it might involve a sewing mod and a Voile strap. This is TBD.
Having only used it for summer skiing there is still much to discover once winter returns. For now, I like that I can put both my boots in the sack for the approach before switching out of trail runners.
I also think that the hip belt pocket needs to be at least twice as large. It's simply too small to be useful for anything accept lip balm.