Are you an experienced traveller who prefers to pack light and get off the beaten track? Our 55 litre Overland Backpack is east to carry and adjust – with a padded back panel for long waits or treks. Made with tough fabric to handle your next rugged adventure, it opens like a suitcase so you can quickly get what you need. Protect your gear and carry it effortlessly in the Overland.
Rated 5 out of
just rightThe size is just right: at 55L the extra 5L is really good. Nice simple design, and robust construction. Good colour too!
Date published: 2021-03-21
Rated 4 out of
Al Nico from
great all rounderI have the older green/yellow one which I bought 3 years ago .It has a harness cover which airlines like, and side handles which make it easy to handle with the harness tucked away. It has the RS2 harness which I have found easy to adjust and comfortable when fully laden[ 10-15 kg].Useful pockets. Does not have a rain cover but I put clothing and sleeping bags in plastic bags anyway. They do sell rain covers separately.
I have done numerous multiday tramps in the South Island, [Routeburn, Queen Charlotte, Kepler] and it is more than up to the task, the top and front loading feature makes it easy to pack and unpack. Very happy with its performance. It is not a super high performance pack, you have to make some compromises when you incorporate as many convenience features as this pack has - this is what makes it a great all rounder.
Date published: 2021-01-09
Rated 4 out of
Not perfect, but very goodOn the upside, this is a spacious bag with a large carrying capacity - the padding on the straps at the back (for the most part) alleviates the weight that can be carried if you over stuff it. At first I was a bit put off by what I thought seemed like a lack of pocket space, but it's surprisingly capable of letting you organise things between the main pocket and the two smaller lid pockets and the side one.
On the downside, the lack of space for a hydration bladder or walking poles is a drawback; a bag this size allows you to carry a lot of weight, and it's fairly standard to a) ease that weight with walking poles, and b) generate a lot of thirst. There's a bit of a compromise in that the drink bottle holder is huge and can be strapped down - so I'm able to carry a large water bottle and still have space to stow my poles - but this also leads to uneven weight and the poles catching on any overhanging branches.
Alternatively, you can store a hydration bladder in the bag if you have space and feed the hose out through the zips, but that's clearly not as secure as a dedicated channel.
The final drawback, which is not so much a fault of the bag but something to be aware of if you're considering purchasing, is that it often becomes uncomfortable in the set configurations. On every overnight hike I've taken this bag on, I've ended up having to reconfigure all of the straps partway through the walk, multiple times - I think the ample padding, while nominally a good thing, also ends up applying a bit more pressure to the body which causes the discomfort after a prolonged time - but at the same time, it's SUPER easy to reconfigure when this happens.
All up, this is a good bag and it's not a regretful purpose at all - it's more than capable of seeing you through multi-day hikes and allows you to carry a lot within it. But for the purpose the bag was designed for, the lack of space for poles and hydration bladders seems a really strange omission
Date published: 2020-11-22
Rated 5 out of
Super comfortableReally comfortable pack, used it recently for a multi-day hiking & camping trip. Harness is fully adjustable for a perfect fit and just the right size. Previously had used for backpacking trips and also great for plane travel and packs well.
Date published: 2020-07-14
Rated 4 out of
David P from
2-3 year old pack still going strongBought this Overland 55L pack about 2-3 years ago (older version in red, but looks the same otherwise).
Recently used it for tramping the Heaphy Track (~90km over 4 days) and the Milford Track (~60km over 4 days) carrying over 10kg contents; lots of adjustment available with the straps (shoulders and hips) found it very comfortable, no issues on these long tramps walking for 6+ hours, and easily fit enough clothes, food, cooking equipment and easy to access and pack with the zip that goes all the way down the sides.
Only thing broken is one plastic buckle which I've fixed with a carabiner, but customer service offered to fix it properly if I bring it into the store.
Date published: 2020-02-02
Rated 3 out of
Tough fabricI’ve been travelling for about 9 months with this pack (women’s).
To be honest I’m a bit disappointed with it.
It just never sits right and tends to pull on my shoulders. I have re adjusted this bag to every possible configuration to try and get it to sit on my hips but it never really does.
I have also tried to pack it in different ways for weight distribution.
I don’t usually right reviews, especially ones that are not favourable to a product.
Date published: 2019-08-01
Rated 4 out of
Great bag for backpackingCurrently using this on a 3 month trip around South America. I bought it as a hybrid that I could multi day hike with, although I’m not 100% convinced it would be the best hiking bag. It has a great capacity for those who want to travel light-ish - I’ve packed for climates from deep winter in Patagonia to summer in The Galapagos, and for activities like hiking and city exploring. Takes my sleeping bag, decent size towel, clothes for all of the above and a couple of pairs of lightweight walking shoes and sandals (with a bit of room to spare, although I wear my hiking shoes in transit). Took a few goes to get the fit right but feels pretty comfy when on properly. My biggest annoyance with the bag is - strangely enough - the all round zip. Whilst it makes finding stuff super easy, it has short sides when unzipped, so every thing tends to fall out when you unzip the whole way around. You’re best off using it with packing cells so that it’s easy to put it all back in, or so you can pack strategically enough to only have to unzip the top if you need something quickly/are only staying in a place for one night.
Date published: 2019-06-04
Rated 5 out of
BANDCAMPNO COMPLAINTS ON THIS BAG. IT HAS EVERYTHING. GREAT BAG
Is their a smaller day pack compatible with the 55 overland?
Asked by: JET1
Hey Kathmandu team, are you sure?
I attach my Gluon Beyond 18L Pack to my Overland 55L's front. To be specific, the Gluon has lockable swivel hooks that can be attached to the loops at the top of the Overland's shoulder straps.
Answered by: Moe01
Date published: 2021-01-31
Any chance the 55L Overland pack is compatible with the 18L Gluon Summit Pack (as in the 18L Gluon Summit securely attaching to the Overland pack)?
Asked by: Stingray007
No sorry, this pack is not compatible with the Gluon Summit pack or the Gluon Beyond pack as there are no attachments on the Overland Pack to attach the backpack to.
Answered by: Kathmandu Team 6
Date published: 2020-12-11
Does this pack have an integrated pack cover / rain cover?
Asked by: Joe MC
No it doesn't come with one, but we do sell these separately & would recommend the Pack Raincover – Large to use with our Overland 55L pack > https://www.kathmandu.com.au/pack-raincover-large.html
Answered by: Kathmandu CS
Date published: 2020-12-06
Does it have provisions for a bladder?
Asked by: Al Wood
Unfortunately no, this pack does not have a sleeve for the hydration bladder to sit in and it does not have holes for the hose to come through.