Karrimor SF Sabre 45 Multicam Review 2013/02/17

A truly versatile pack with amazing expansion options. Tough-as-nails construction too. This is our review on the Karrimor SF Sabre 45 Multicam. Let's check it out.


Moving through the backcountry it's important to be able to carry all your equipment with confidence, comfort and arrangement. The Karrimor SF Sabre 45 Multicam is a well designed and tough bit of gear which has seen me through in all conditions. From snow and ice to rain and heat.


Firstly with its amazing versatility the Karrimor SF Sabre 45 is a magic 45 litres of capacity. Which is perfect for warmer overnighters or super lightweight multi day trips. However if you are out in the field all year round then you need something that can be expanded to accommodate extra layers in winter or extra photography equipment.  The Karrimor SF Sabre 45 Multicam can then be fitted with two rocket packs or side pouches as they are sometimes called. These are 12.5 litres each and this extra storage space is now great for packing more gear into. On multi day trips I will stick the heavy gear in the main 45 litre pack and use the side pouches to store my waterproof or insulation layers. Ideally you want to balance the load so anything that isn't too heavy to set you off balance will go into the side pouches. When packing any rucksack the heaviest items should always be closest to your own centre of gravity.


The Karrimor SF Sabre 45 has a really good DWR treatment and the material is siliconised. The pack uses 1000 denier Nylon which is not only super tough but amazingly water resistant. In short water will literally pool in any well in the fabric and will happily sit there not soaking in until you shake it off. There are drainage holes in both side pockets to prevent your bag filling up with water, they are lacking in the main compartment however.


Moving around with the Karrimor SF Sabre 45 Multicam is a joy as the weight is all centred next to you. Due to its short length in the back and ability to spread the weight sideways in the two side pouches. The hipbelts on the Sabre 45 are slightly more useful to me than on the Karrimor SF Predator Patrol 45 as they have actual padding and an equipment loop. The main pack has a simple large compartment with an internal and external lid pocket. The side pouches are completely undivided. I prefer this is a design choice as many other rucksacks go crazy with the internal dividers and they just get in the way.


Either fully compressed as a day sack for around town where it will fit a fleece, iPad, A4 pad and a small amount of stationary. Or expanded to 45 litres for day bushcraft courses. Leaving you the final option to use both side pouches to fully expand your load carrying ability. The Multicam on my Sabre 45 feels organic and assists with blending in with nature instead of standing out. If travelling in winter conditions, remote areas or on your own one should always take a brightly coloured survival bag to grab attention if the situation calls for it. However for the most part I prefer to wear muted colours and the Multicam is a beautiful pattern. Karrimor SF is again spot on with great stitching and overall quality. The Sabre 45 is a great rugged pack, perfect for bushcraft. Highly recommended


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