Karrimor SF Sabre 60-100 Review 2018/03/04
Finding a good rucksack should not be a task of random
experimentation. In today’s market place dominated by low quality,
high volume and a customer demanding a fair price: its increasingly
difficult to find a product that matches your requirements. This is a
full review and field test of the Karrimor SF Sabre 60-100.
The Karrimor SF Sabre 60-100 is a fully adjustable, high volume
pack that is very durable. It offers the user a great load carry option
when venturing into parts unknown with a heavy load out. It breaks the
trend of mediocrity and offers up a great piece of gear for the
A rucksack has to fit correctly to help
you carry mission critical equipment comfortably and effectively over
distance. If it doesn't fit then no matter how many features or benefits
the pack has it simply wont work for you. A poorly fitting rucksack will
cause you pain, soreness and slow your travel down.
The SA adjustable back support on the Karrimor SF Sabre 60-100 can be
fine tuned to fit your back perfectly and these adjustments can even be
done when you are wearing the pack. This gives the user the choice to
refine the fit whilst hiking and as we consume water and food our packs
become lighter so being able to compensate for changing pack weight
whilst on the move is a fantastic feature. The rucksack can also be
adjusted when not being worn too.
The back system also features a huge
hip belt with thick back support pad that when you put it on grips you
very well. The added benefit is that the load can be pushed through the
user’s hips instead of on the shoulders, this is key when you are
carrying heavy loads. The shoulder straps are really thick and cushioned
The Karrimor SF Sabre 60-100 is split into two compartments with a
removable fabric divider keeping them separate. A floating lid with
pockets covers the main entry point and a hooped zip covers the bottom
entry point. The fabric is a very strong 1000D Nylon coated with silicon
and PU elastomer which increases strength and tear resistance even more.
The fabric is also coated in a DWR which is fluorocarbon based. This
type of treatment works exceptionally well at keeping the water from
saturating the fabric itself. However the chemicals used in this process
are very damaging to the environment and indeed one’s own health.
However this pack is meant to be used in extremely demanding conditions
and this is one of the strongest treatments available.
Workmanship on the Karrimor SF Sabre 60-100
Talking more about the durability of this pack the thread is rot proof
and is bartacked reinforced on high wear areas, such as the grab handles
on top and the side of the pack.
The Karrimor SF Sabre 60-100 can be expanded by the addition of PLCE
side pouches. If you need the extra capacity and the inclusion of extra
webbing on the sides and bottom which can be used for stowing additional
gear make this pack a load carrying beast. On the front of the pack
there are plenty of lashing points but sadly no MOLLE. We also have
attachment points for crampons, ice axes and walking poles. The lid can
also accommodate a helmet beneath it.
Using the Karrimor SF Sabre 60-100 is
fantastic, it carries very heavy loads well. The twin aluminium stays
that form the lightweight but strong frame are a necessity in my opinion
for larger packs and an attractive one in any size pack. Karrimor SF
have wisely included them in this pack for added stability when carrying
If you are living out of your pack for
multi-week expeditions carrying mission critical gear such as winter
walking equipment and supplies then this is a great pack to compliment
this type of travel.