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Shaka™ 55


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A compact backpacking pack for the efficient packer. A streamlined and lightweight backpacking pack for efficient packers trying to minimize weight. Excellent suspension can accommodate heavier loads with low profile, lightweight, shoulder straps and hipbelt.
Style# 1496451
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Features & Specs

  • Weight: - 3 lb. 12 oz. / 1.71 kg.
    3 lb. 14 oz. / 1.76 kg.
    4 lb. / 1.82 kg. -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - True to Size -
  • Pack Capacity: - 3050 cu. in. / 50 L
    3355 cu. in. / 55 L
    3660 cu. in. / 60 L -
  • Good For: - Backpacking / Hiking -


A compact backpacking pack for the efficient packer. A streamlined and lightweight backpacking pack for efficient packers trying to minimize weight. Excellent suspension can accommodate heavier loads with low profile, lightweight, shoulder straps and hipbelt.



  • Fabric Accent: 210D TripleHex Ripstop Nylon
  • Fabric Body: 210D HT Velocity Nylon
  • Body Fabric Content: 100% Nylon
  • Fabric Bottom: 840D HT Ballistic Nylon


  • Pack Weight Small: 3 lb. 12 oz. / 1.71 kg.
  • Pack Weight Medium: 3 lb. 14 oz. / 1.76 kg.
  • Pack Weight Large: 4 lb. / 1.82 kg.
  • Pack Capacity Small: 3050 cu. in. / 50 L
  • Pack Capacity Medium: 3355 cu. in. / 55 L
  • Pack Capacity Large: 3660 cu. in. / 60 L
  • Pack Torso Small: 15.0 in. - 18.0 in. / 38 cm - 46 cm
  • Pack Torso Medium: 17.0 in. - 20.0 in. / 43 cm - 51 cm
  • Pack Torso Large: 19.5 in. - 22.5 in. / 50 cm - 57 cm
  • Pack Waist Small: 27 in - 31 in / 69 cm - 79 cm
  • Pack Waist Medium: 30 in - 35 in / 76 cm - 89 cm
  • Pack Waist Large: 34 in - 39 in / 86 cm - 99 cm


  • Deluxe comfort fit, lightweight material set and construction plus trouble-free gear access in an overnight plus volume pack
  • Customizable suspension with 3in / 8.5cm torso adjustment (hook and loop) plus swappable shoulder straps and Lightweight hipbelt
  • Superbly functional HardWave+ framesheet is rigid horizontally to prevent round out, but is flexible in strategic vertical sections
  • Great load transfer through an aluminum perimeter stay that locks into hipbelt while allowing slight pivoting.
  • Side and lower access to gear through J-shaped water resistant zipper
  • Easy to reach, angled side pockets with bungee to secure water bottles
  • Large, stretch panel front compression pocket provides convenient overload capacity
  • Floating, removable zippered top pocket and security pocket with key clip inside
  • Quick access, floating zippered hydration sleeve with dual zips allows tube to exit right or left (above head recess)
  • Keep smaller loads controlled with internal compression, two compression straps on each side and lower accessory straps
  • Stowable ice ax/trekking pole loops on front sides of pack, below low-profile 3/4in. / 20mm cutouts
  • Additional 6-liters (375 cu. in.) of volume in skirt extension for overloads
  • Imported


Shaka™ 55 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killer Features - MHW Comes Through Again I recently purchased the Shaka 50 which was replacing a larger pack that was at least 12 years old. I took a shot in the dark and bought this off the website without even trying it at a store. Been a MHW fan since my first purchase (Exposure Parka and Fleece) over 15 years ago so I rolled the dice, as I own a good deal of MHW gear. I must say..... I was totally impressed. The maiden voyage was just two weekends ago in the GW National Forest, Virginia for three days. I have a long standing habit of overpacking, and of course I did again, but the pack held everything and I still had room. The design of the pack was so well thought out, its like the engineers were in my head. It truly is everything I would have done if I designed a pack. I could go on and on but will save my fingers from the pain of typing for an hour. I purchased the Large which is 60L. I may just spring for the Shaka 70 for longer trips as the Large comes in at 75L.
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Thought-Out Pack w/ Awesome Features I recently purchased the Shaka 55 and even put it through the ringer the same day. I ventured out to Mount Jefferson for a 2-day climbing trip and MAN, was I impressed with the design and functionality of the Shaka 55. Firstly, the huge J-Shaped zipper on the fron of the pack makes accessing the pack simple and easy especially when you have pickets, axes, poles, etc. lashed to your pack. I was easily able to fit my clothes, sleeping bag, food, water, helmet, and climbing harness into the main compartment with plenty of room to spare. Secondly, the two compartments on either side of your hips works perfectly for attaching your ice tools to your pack without worrying about stabbing yourself (or the pack for that matter). By using those reinforced pockets, all of my protection was secured tightly the entire trip allowing me to move freely in tight areas. Other small features that I love are things such as the independent water pouch (keeps stuff dry), the drawcords which open and close really easily, and finally the neoprene stretch pouch in the front. It is perfect for stashing snacks, maps, lights, gloves, etc. for quick retrival. Overall, this is by far the best pack I've ever purchased and would recommend this product to anyone everyone that camps/climbs. I couldn't be more happy with my purchase and look forward to taking my Shaka 55 to many more summits!
Date published: 2014-07-01
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