Karrimor Skido 65 Rucksack Review

As a musician, I spend a lot of time on the road and in airplanes. Playing gigs is great, but I’m not crazy about the constant traveling. I discovered a long time ago that I could make my life a lot easier by cramming as much stuff as possible into a single pack. Over the years, I eventually decided that rucksacks offered the features I wanted at a really affordable price.

I recently picked up the Karrimor Skido 65 Rucksack after my main bag started to deteriorate on tour. At the time, I didn’t have a lot of options. I bought this one because it was the right size and inexpensive. I quickly found out that I got a really good deal. It’s not the world’s greatest backpack, but I think it’s pretty hard to beat at this price.

Karrimor Skido 65 Rucksack Features

Impressive Design

The design is what first attracted me to the Karrimor Skido 65 Rucksack. It is nice and long, giving you plenty of room for everything you need to carry during your travels. Given the name, I’d guess that it holds about 65 liters. That’s quite large.

You don’t have to fill the whole thing up to make it fit your back comfortably. It has compression straps, so you can pull in the excess. This helps prevent a half-empty pack from flopping around behind you as you make your way to the next leg of the journey.

I particularly like that it has a sturdy draw cord that makes it easy to attach extra items. If you need to stick your water bottle somewhere quickly while you run to catch a flight, you can do it without even looking. Of course, if you’re using this out in the woods, you can carry along a hydration bladder. The rucksack is compatible with them, so you can fill it up and take sips along the way without stopping. That’s not really something I use a lot, but it’s one of those features that you usually only expect to find in really fancy packs that cost a lot of money.

Plenty of Compartments

My old rucksack had one great big compartment. That’s probably not the greatest design in the world, but I got used to it and learned how to make it work. I’m not sure that I want to go back to a big single-compartment pack now that I’ve used the Karrimor Skido 65 Rucksack.

This rucksack has the main compartment, of course, but it also has two exterior zippered compartments. There’s one on the top and one on the bottom. I’ve taken to using the upper compartment to store things that I might need to access during my trips. If I’m travelling out of the country, I usually stick my passport in there. Depending on where I am, I might also throw my phone and a few other items in the top part. It has a sturdy zipper. I’m confident that nothing will fall out.

I use the bottom compartment to put dirty clothes. That’s probably not the most glamorous thing to say, but it’s the truth. Who wants to keep smelly old clothes in the same compartment as their fresh, clean ones. I used to have to carry a plastic bag with me to keep them separate. I like this option much more.

The rucksack also has several mesh compartments that are really convenient. They’re reasonably secure, but I wouldn’t put anything important in them. It’s good for bottled water or a book you might want to read.

Where it Could be Improved

Honestly, the frame isn’t great. It’s made of fairly cheap plastic. I don’t have a lot of faith in it, but I expect the rest of the pack to last a good long while. There are probably some DIY approaches to improve the frame, but I don’t really want to take the time to do them. As it stands, I’m just going to keep using the current frame until it gives out on me. Then I’ll think about my options.

If this were a more expensive backpack, I would say call this issue a deal breaker. Considering the low price, though, you have to expect at least one or two weak points.

Product variations

Karrimor Orkney 65
Karrimor Panther 65
Karrimor Wildcat 65

Karrimor Skido 65 Rucksack Reviews

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Overall say

At a student-friendly rate of £30-£60, I can say this is something worth the investment. It’s not that difficult to save up for such small amount and once you’ve used this Karrimor Skido 65, you will definitely be proud of yourself for the right decision. It’s imperfect, just like any other products; but it’s equipped with all essential requirements every travelling rucksack should have – even more!


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