Macpac Kahuna 18L Backpack


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Macpac Kahuna 18L Backpack

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Designed for an active lifestyle, the Kahuna 1.1 18L Backpack is compatible with modern technology and is ideal for commuting in the city or hiking in the hills.
Macpac Kahuna 18L Backpack
NZ$109.99 Sale NZ$65.99
  • Product Description
    Comfortable and compact, the Kahuna 1.1 18L Backpack was originally based off our popular Kahu Backpack, but has now become an iconic Macpac pack in its own right. With an expandable laptop sleeve, this versatile backpack is all you need when getting around town or hiking in the hills on the weekend. Made from a tightly woven oxford nylon fabric, the Kahuna offers everyday durability and basic weather resistance during summer squalls. The lightly padded harness features a breathable mesh overlay for warm weather adventures, while the front and internal zip pockets are perfect for stashing small essentials and keeping your wallet safe and out of sight. At 18 litres, the Kahuna isn't too big or too small — it's just right.
  • Design features
    Padded harness with AirMesh overlay for increased breathability and comfort
    Oxford nylon fabric is light — yet durable and weather resistant for its weight
    Expandable padded laptop sleeve
    Front zip pocket
    Hidden internal zip pocket with key clip
    Capacity: 18 litres

  • Product Specifications
    Main Fabric100% Cordura® Oxford Nylon (420D)
    Dimensions HxWxD (cm)48 x 25 x 20 (at capacity)
    Weight (g)500
  • Care
    You are best to clean your pack with a natural, non-detergent soap and a soft-bristled brush
    Suitable soap types are: pure soap, vegetable soap and Nikwax® Tech Wash®
    Rinse the pack well and dry it in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight
    Do not put your pack in the washing machine as this will void your warranty
    Always try to keep the zip teeth clean — wash with fresh, clean water and lubricate with a silicon lubricant suitable for use on fabrics
    Do not tumble dry, iron or dryclean

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Are these packs all compatible with the bladders or how do you know?
Erina P on Feb 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Erina, the Kahuna 1.1 18L isn't designed to specially fit a hydration bladder. However you can put one in and the hose will come out the side where the zip does up. Thanks.
Is the lollipop colour a bright red or more pink?
Clare K on Sep 12, 2020

The Lollipop colour is more of a pink colour than bright red.

The Macpac Team
I'm having trouble deciding between the Kahuna Hiking and the Kahuna Urban - sounds like the only difference is the fabric and harness type? I'm not familiar with either, would you be able to provide a bit more info to help me choose? I'm looking for something that's around this size, light weight and water resistant/waterproof. Planning to use for a range of things, from day hikes, urban walks, travel, potentially commuting.
Lucy S on Apr 8, 2021
Macpac Kahuna 18L Backpack
Macpac Kahuna 18L Backpack
Macpac Kahuna 18L Urban Backpack
Macpac Kahuna 18L Urban Backpack

The Kahuna Hiking would be the lighter option of the two, and the Codura material has a more water resistant nature than the Urban. Would still recommend a rain cover if using in wet conditions.

Another option you could look at is the Kahu 22L, as this also comes with a waist belt which would be beneficial when using to commute or on your day hikes.

The Macpac Team
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  • Customer C (at <a target="_blank" href="" title="Macpac">Macpac</a> ) on Apr 11, 2021
Will there be a version coming out with a water bottle mesh on the outside? This looks like the perfect school bag to keep technology safe but needs to be separated from water with quick access?
JulieV on Mar 26, 2021

This specific pack won’t be coming with water bottle pockets – we do have some new designs due for early next year that will have bottle pockets.

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  • Customer C (at <a target="_blank" href="" title="Macpac">Macpac</a> ) on Mar 28, 2021
How is this pack for running?
Suskya G on May 31, 2020

Thank you for you enquiry.

Although this particular item is not specifically designed for running, it does have a sternum strap to give you a more secure fit, but depending on what you pack in it - it’s highly likely to move around while running.

For running specific style you can check out our Amp Multi.

We hope this helps!

Kind Regards,
The Macpac Team
Hello, Do you know if this bag is able to embroidered on the front? Or are there zips and things preventing this?
Jen M on May 5, 2020

No, there is no zipper on the front but there is a Macpac logo printed/written down the front that you would likely want to consider.

Kind Regards,
The Macpac Team!
How come there’s no water bottle holder on this 18L backpack?
The 26Lversion has a water bottle holder but unfortunately has an unnecessary waist strap making it too bulky. You need to design a crossover version.
Thank you
Samuel on Feb 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Samuel, thank you for bringing this to our attention, we will pass this feedback on to our design team as they are happy to receive feedback. This gives us a chance to better our product as our customers and their experience with our gear is very important to. Thank you again for the feedback :)