Space and Access
I’m a big fan of roll-top packs as it’s an easily scalable design depending on what you carry – just roll it down and clip on the stainless steel toggle. Believe it or not but I can’t find any weak points in this design – it’ll last you a lifetime. The main sack is regular in shape and really spacious, easy to pack and unpack. Due to materials and design, there’s no side access, etc. so keeping a good packing order is important. Overstuffing is possible as well with a clever strap extender (storable inside the pack).
Pockets and Organizing
The outside front pocket is obvious, no need to explain – good for a headlamp, pocketknife, firestarting kit, or similar stuff. But there’s more organization inside the pack. The awesome internal protective felt sleeve for a laptop or tablet is great for more civilized use of the Kasperi pack in the urban jungle, office environment, or for traveling with style. It’s removable too, so you don’t need to take it on your wilderness walk as it eats into some space inside. The vintage look of the grey felt insert really matches the pack’s old-school soul.
But the secret weapon of organization is on the outside: four side straps and two bottom lashing points (extra straps available). This is one of the reasons why I like this pack so much for forest use: I can easily strap a knife, hatchet, my kuksa, firestarter, etc., and even some freshly harvested tinder or piece of fatwood on the pack. All that together! Plus a rolled blanket or sitting pad under the pack or even my compact Manfrotto camera tripod. This strapping system makes Kasperi an awesome bushcrafting pack IMHO.
A pack with clear Scandinavian heritage…and it is made to match Scandinavian weather conditions – coldish summers and super-cold snowy winters. The leather shoulder straps and flat leather back work great on some sort of insulating layer, or even just a meaty flannel shirt. Really no complaints; I’d even say it’s a surprisingly comfy pack for such use. Still, I’d not recommend wearing this pack with just a T-shirt during a hot summer in SoCal. It’s clearly made for use in the cold climate of Lapland forests. So for me personally it’s a perfect 3-season outdoor pack or year-round office carry.
Well, waxed leather is pretty much waterproof, so it really all depends on how you take care of the pack. If you do your job and wax it well it’ll be fine for virtually any weather. I used it extensively in heavy snow without any issues. However, in really heavy rain even waxed leather can get soaked after a certain exposure time, so be prepared.