Richard Bucker

Review: Klymit Dash-10 and Dash-30

Posted at — Sep 1, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a proper blog entry. It’s not because I’m bored or lazy; rather I’ve been enjoying the Google+ format. It reminds me of a time when I read an article about “getting your way with executives”. Anyway…I have a love/hate relationship with Klymit. They make or sell hiking gear including inflatable pillows, inflatable mattresses, backpacks with inflatable “air frame”, and sleeping bags. For the most part I like their pillows and mattresses. Now that I have several; only the Static V Junior is a problem. The valve seems to leak unlike the screw valve. But the real hate comes from the Stash-18.The Stash-18I only recently read that it is a runner’s pack. I disagree. If you want a runner’s pack then you need to look at Ultimate Direction. So this is a push.The top of the main compartment is a cinch. If it rains the contents are getting wet.there are no side pockets or shoulder strap pockets so carrying water means 3rd party strap pockets or a hydration bag.The sternum straps seemed less functional and needed adjustment in order to access my water.That’s when I saw the Dash-10.It is 10L instead of 18L. That’s not much for a day hike so long as the kit you bring is limited to the bare essentials for “survival”One great feature is the shoulder strap pockets.A feature most runners want is something to keep the pack’s contents from bouncing around. This pack has shock cord on both sidesCompared to the Stash-18 the shoulder strap connects to the bottom of the pack and about 1/3 the way from the bottom.The materials include two different grey colorsThe Dash-30 is similar to the Dash-10Look closely at the pictures. The 30 has a cinch but it also has a flap that covers the hole.It also has a buckle that keeps the top in place.Instead of shock cord for compression they used 5mm webbing.instead of one sternum strap the Dash-30 has 2 which are on a glide similar to other more expensive packs.The pocket on the front seems largerThere is a stretch pocket on the inside that appears to be intended for a hydration pouch. While I did not notice it at first the flap attached to the cinch has a water-drop stencil and a small port.Overall the Dash-10 and Dash-30 seem to share many cues and the 30 has a few more features. Flat they look very similar in volume but I think that’s an illusion because it’s missing the depth.If I had to buy another hydration bag I’d get an osprey. Several models have a rigid feature.One feature all of these packs have in common is the airframe which gives the frame a shape. The videos say that it can be used as a sit pad or a pillow but I’m not sure I want to tear apart the pack to get to it every night.On thing that I would consider a killer feature is the customer service. My Dash-10 had a manufacturing defect and while we were talking the rep offered the Dash-30 as a replacement. I have been looking forward to receiving the pack that I almost requested a second.PS: one thing I did not like about the Stash model was that the black material made it difficult to see inside the pack. I liked the orange because the color reflected the light and I did not have to dump my pack to see inside.