The Antero is the second pack in our EDC line
designed with the commuter / daypack user in mind. The slim
profile keeps the 1500 cubic inches (24.5L) close to the wearer so
it’s easier to get in and out of cars, busses, through tight trails
and fit under desks. There are two deep water bottle pockets
on either side and a hydration bladder sleeve on the interior with
openings under both side flaps for hoses. Three smaller zippered
pockets help organize smaller items. The glasses pocket up top with
a dummy loop keeps small and fragile items away from the heavier
items below. The front panel has an outer zippered pocket with a
key loop as well as an inner zippered mesh pocket. The panel has 4
#10 YKK zippers, one matched pair up top and two in both
bottom corners for access to all parts of the main compartment.
The inside has a sleeve for water bladders and will also fit
most 15” laptops. As always our packs come with a chamber
pocket that hangs near the top and is detachable. The bag is
made with 1000 Denier Cordura and lined with 400 D packcloth.
The back panel is constructed of ¾” open cell foam covered
with moisture wicking Dri-Lex®. At the bottom of the back
panel is a patch of Slip-Not textured fabric. The Omni Belt
can be secured through the back panel giving the Antero some load
bearing capability. When not in use the tail ends of the belt
can also be tucked up in the open space behind the back panel for
storage (unpadded belts recommended for this application). The
front has Pals webbing that is 4 rows by 6 columns and will hold
any of our belt pouches or organizers. Detachable bottom
compression straps lets the user keep the bag clean but can be
reattached and used in a few seconds. There are mounting points on
the bottom and sides for use with a Grabit as well. The side
compression straps help stabilize the load and can be used to
secure items like tripods and hiking sticks in the water bottle
pockets. Designed with the Urban grind in mind and is right at home
on the cross town bus or on the trail.
Optional EDC Omni
Omni Suspension packs come standard without a waistbelt, allowing
them to ride above a buttpack or belt rig, and can drop into your
lumbar region for comfort and stability if desired. Carrying heavy
loads? Add the optional EDC Omni waistbelt for added comfort and
stability. Installs and removes in a flash, and will be sized to
your waist. This belt is very, very comfortable but very low
profile. The EDC Omni Waistbelt includes a single delta strap
to help stabilize the EDC pack to your lumbar region.
The best EDC
From Mark Thompson of Plain City, Ohio on 2/14/2017.
This backpack is 5 stars plus. I purchased the Antero with the padded belt. For me, the belt makes this pack. The pack is small enough and streamlined to allow ducking under or going through dense thickets. I keep it in my truck packed with minimal survival gear, fire starters, first aid kit, binoculars, a coat, spare gloves, spare socks, hunting knife and a 22 caliber pistol for small game. I keep water bottles in the side pockets. Attached to the belt via the pals webbing is a small flashlight and a squirrel call. I use this pack as a simple "get home" bag. I also use it for hikes in the woods and hunting for small game. I may go hunting or hiking after work and this pack loaded with the bare essentials has me out in the field in minutes. I don't need to go looking for stuff, I just grab the pack and go. feel confident that I have most everything I need to enjoy a small game hunt or keep me alive if things go wrong. I can carry this bag for miles on end. It actually feels better against my back than not having a pack on at all. Perfection.
From Jeff of Chesterton, Indiana on 2/5/2017.
I used it today for the first time on a 5 mile hike it was extremely comfortable and it is the perfect size for a days worth of gear.
From Richard Scholl of Bronx, New York on 1/26/2017.
Great EDC and Light Weekend Pack, Super Comfortable, Great Construction, Durability, and tons of space.
From Mike C. of Houston, Texas on 1/16/2017.
The Antero is my 3rd KIFARU pack (also have the X-Ray and 22Mag on a 24" frame, which I used to pack out 80# of elk meat/trip last fall). Bought the Antero for a lighter daypack. KIFARU is QUALITY made in the USA......not made in China bullshit. Two thumbs up!!!
Great EDC pack
From Anonymous of Canton, Georgia on 10/23/2016.
This is a great EDC bag which is what I bought it for. It is very ergonomic, the pockets are well thought out and it has plenty of space for a few day trips for those doing overnights Or weekend trips. I use as my gym bag or trips to the parks w/ the kids. Construction and zippers are great as w/ every Kifaru bag. The price is a little steep but I'm willing to pay more for something "made in America" that will last and I can pass on to my kids. If I were to suggest any improvement I would recommend adding neoprene or a more durable sleeve for those that want to use w/ tablets or laptops. It does have enough room as others have said for after market sleeve. I also wish the top pocket was slightly bigger for keys, sunglasses, etc. I'd like to be able to fit a few more things.
Travel to Hunting
From Anonymous of Spokane, Washington on 10/9/2016.
Bought this backpack with no waist belt, but added an organizer on the front and a #7 lock and load pocket to replace the chamber pocket. Lots of great organization. It is my edc. Water bottle pockets work great. Can fit a light weekend's amount of stuff. I have even packed out a quartered antelope with it. A bit of shoulder pain with the antelope since I didn't have a waist belt but I didn't have that far to go. You need to buy a laptop sleeve to protect your laptop but it works fine once you have one. Love the thick 1000d material. After adding pockets it came out to about $400 which is a lot for a backpack but I love Kifaru and it's tough and considering I packed out an antelope with it, I know it'll last a long time. Did I mention it sits close to the body and looks pretty good too. Absolutely would recommend.
Best Outdoor Pack
From Anonymous of FLAGSTAFF, Arizona on 9/29/2016.
Perfect fit and design make this one of the best outdoor packs I have owned
From Matt of Tampa, Florida on 6/30/2016.
I use this as my everyday carry bag and it's working out great! Holds my computer (Microsoft Surface) in the back pocket keeping it safe and out of the way. Lot's of room and easy to access.
Best low-profile pack I've ever had.
From Casey Leverich of San Francisco, California on 6/11/2016.
Your search is over! By far my favorite duty pack and low-profile town bag. It's a bit hefty for its size, but that's a reflection of its solid materials, reinforcement, and design perks. I love the two side drop-in pockets for water bottles (& coffee tumblers), top small stuff pocket, and minimal accessory attachment webbing which is covered when you add the 500 pocket. Compression straps are perfectly placed and tug down evenly. This hits the sweet spot for a mid-size pack on slightly small side that won't take much space or snag on everything, but opens wide for packing and grabbing stuff in a hurry.
From Tyler of DPO, Armed Forces Europe/Middle East/Canada on 5/29/2016.
This backpack is everything it advertises itself as, and then some. In the three months I've had it it has done remarkably well. It is tough, very resistant to abrasion, ergonomic, and is ideal for an overnight/every day carry/day hiking bag. Everything about it has been extremely well thought out. The pockets and organization of this product are superb in that they fit just about everything you would need for its suggested purposes, and when not in use, but don't get in the way. The zippers have not once snagged, and have places to tuck them so they don't get caught on anything. The straps are thick enough for ambitious loads and the back padding is well spaced to provide good ventilation. The material they've used is extremely durable and water resistant, however some might consider it a tad heavy. Its aesthetics are great in the sense that it doesn't have MOLLE webbing on every inch(which brings versatility for people who don't exactly like broadcasting that they're part of the military), but still maintains its ruggedness. It has all the features you'd want as far as convenience goes; the key ring, sunglasses pocket, hydration bladder compatible, enough MOLLE to work with(IFAK, organizer pouch, etc.), two grab handles, and probably the best of all, its four zippers that let you access anywhere you want in the main compartment without having to dig around.This is the backpack you get when you're tired of poor craftsmanship, overly complex designs, fabrics that don't stand up to the elements or your abuse, and customer service that ignores you or chooses not to help you.Could I say the price is a bit steep? Yes. Could I also say that there is a chance I pass this on to my son or daughter after my(hopefully) decades of use? Definitely. In my eyes, when people think of "Made in America," Kifaru should be the first thing that comes to mind.
This is a great commuter pack
From r herman of san francisco, California on 5/26/2016.
This pack is extremely well-designed and balances very well. I added the 500d pocket to the back for pen, knife, charger, etc. Altogether, with this pack and pocket, everything is in its place and easily accessible. The pack has a lower profile than some I have previously used and the construction is great. One small note: I carry a 15 inch computer and there is no "special" padding in the sleeve that the computer goes into. I ended up buying a soft shell for the computer and it still slides into the sleeve simply so no worries with the added protection.I may have to upgrade the whole family's actual camping backpacks after the great experience with this day pack.Thanks guys. Awesome job!
From Bill of Dallas, Pennsylvania on 5/9/2016.
I bought this as an EDC pack to include general travel and hiking. I'm 6'2" and it really fits like it was made for me. I love the main compartment zipper design, so much easier than a top loading pack in terms of access. The sunglasses pocket is perfect for things you use often. The inner mesh pocket and outer zippered pocket are also great and I've been using the side pockets for a thermarest z-seat and folding saw. Hydration pocket works great as do the grab handles. All in all just a terrific pack for everyday use.
perfect example of 'fit for purpose'
From eric blair of Cambridge, Massachusetts on 11/29/2015.
the new kifaru antero is perfect for my needs; and I don't say "perfect" casually. I had been using a zippy, which I loved, but this is more streamlined and urban, and my 'missions' nowadays are all about getting around town on a bike or bus, and only rarely getting out into the woods for short hikes or rides. I like that if I want to load it up, I have a waist strap and internal frame I can rely on, but when I use it more casually, these can be stowed or left at home for a more streamlined pack. I also appreciate the side pocket design, since I am one who uses kleen kanteens for water and they fit perfectly (as does my bike repair kit, ultralight walking sticks, or an umbrella). overall the pack is tough, versatile, streamlined, and low drag. perfect for my needs.
All round EDC
From John Penna of Singelton, Australia on 11/6/2015.
This is the near perfect day pack, more than happy with my pack, it has lived up to my expectations and would recommend it. This pack has been well planned and thought out for simple easy use. I've combined it with the organizer pocket for my work and personal use
From G.M. Vine of Rockford, Illinois on 11/4/2015.
This pack is nearly perfect. I love the size. Perfect for travel. Recently took this as my carry on during my trip to Dominican Republic w the family. Was great. I am 6' 4" tall and 250#. As a big guy, this pack doesn't feel tiny like a certain competitor's Falcon pack. I have been using the pack daily since it arrived about 6 months ago. To date, I only have 2 complaints.1: the side pocket zig-zag straps seem to ALWAYS get pushed into the pocket when I am trying to store my water bottle or coffee mug.2: I usually carry the pack by the left strap only and at-least 3 times a week the lower portion of the strap which connects the shoulder strap to the main pack comes apart from the webbing loop on the pack side. For some reason there is a C shaped opening and it disconnects itself. Otherwise, I am happy with this pack like I am with my other Kifaru packs and accessories. Well worth the money.
Ultimate EDC Bag
From Anonymous of Columbia, South Carolina on 9/19/2015.
For the last several years I was using a Kifaru E&E as my EDC Bag, the Antero is so much better. Comfortable, I am 6'2" and the Antero seems to be molded to my back rather than sticking off. Well thought out; the side compression straps are out of the way of the built in water bottle pockets. There is a grab handle on the bottom of the pack as well as bottom straps perfect for a rolled up jacket. 4 way zippers are great for fast access to the main compartment when carrying it on one shoulder. I highly recommend the Kifaru 1000D organizer for the front.Although they can fit, I wouldn't consider this a computer bag, more of a great EDC bag that can carry a laptop if needed. Typical excellent Kifaru Construction.
A soldier's point of view
From Bob van der Ven of Son en Breugel, Netherlands on 7/20/2015.
Very good pack from a soldier's point of view, because it can hold my FM9000 radio, a water bladder, ammo and additional clothing while on patrol. And over the weekend I can use it for travel. I stuff it with a laptop, clothes, a water bottle, miscellaneous items, and still have enough space left over. Despite this, it's still a compact backpack, doesn't feel bulky at all and the ability to store away the hip belt is fantastic. Organisation is great as well, with the extra compartments besides the main compartment. Allows me to safely store the smaller items, but still easy to reach.
Perfect day/travel pack
From Brian Tallerico of Etna, Wyoming on 7/19/2015.
I purchased this pack to take on Safari in Mozambique and was not disappointed. Although I did not expect to use it much while actually hunting, it served as a great carry-on and fit nicely into the Land Cruiser every day while easily holding all my gear for the day. I really like the two side pockets for water or other items that you need to grab quickly (camera for one). Only thing I would have liked more would be a breathable back panel as it did get quite warm when donned.
Throw the others AWAY!
From Bryan Bolding aka TradRag of Colorado Springs, Colorado on 7/16/2015.
For me....this is the quintessential daypack for both my office needs and a day hike in the backcountry. Possibly could pull an overnight. I did add the Grad-It2 and it makes the Antero even MORE capable. I love this pack!Typical day use...Yeti insulated cup, 32oz Liberty water bottle, 15" MacBook Pro Retina in a soft sleeve, all my cable gear and power supplies, wireless MiFi, Sunglasses. Then with Grab-It2 added...tennis shoes and workout clothes, jacket or vest on cool days, and whatever daily snack or extra item I am toting around.I would definitely NOT hesitate in recommending this pack!
Nice EDC bag
From Hawkeye Soule of NorCal, California on 6/28/2015.
For a first-gen pack, the Antero is pretty nice. There are some strange elements I think will be ironed out in time. I don't like the back panel. I wish it had use the same density foam as other Kifaru packs, instead it uses a very soft open cell foam with little support and a soft fabric that doesn't seem very durable. The frame is also short, leaving the top area of the pack where the shoulder straps attach, unsupported. I feel like the frame should be full length to support the contents better. The laptop slot is tedious to use. laptop slots need some dimension and this is just flat. It's hard to access and difficult to get a laptop in and out if you have the top chamber pocket loaded. The bottle pockets work well. I rigged a little shock cord and cord lock to the triangle loop to hold bottles in. It needs something to retain the bottles, since the pockets are built to accommodate very large bottles. The nice thing about the pockets is that they don't eat up space of the interior of the pack like a lot of external bottle pockets do. The unpadded belt is completely adequate since this pack is really not large enough to carry massive loads. Access to the pack is great- panel or top load with the bottom zippers letting you access the very bottom of the pack with great ease. Overall layout is pretty useful, but still allows for people to add the organizational pockets that they want to use.I'd give it four stars, but the back panel and frame both seem to be a bit deficient. Laptop pocket is not well designed. It will carry EDC stuff fine, but it isn't like other Kifaru packs that carry well when over-loaded.
From Joseph of Austin, Texas on 6/25/2015.
Ordered at the end of April, recieived in mid May. Needed a thinner profile backpack for work and work related travel. The sleeve fits my dell laptop perfectly, even with the extended life battery that sticks out of the back. Tight fit, but it fits...not that simple to take out, but no longer a worry since enrolling in TSA precheck. The pack is narrow enough to fit under isle seats in all commercial flights so far, even fits under middle seats on Alaska Air. Alaska put power inverter boxes under middle seats, further confining available space. It is however a very long pack, sticking out into the chair isle. I already lost a pair of maui jims that were in the sunglasses pouch in a hard case when a clumsy, plump person stepped on the top of the pack while trying to unass themselves from the window seat on the way to the head.Lack of organization had me order an organizational pouch, which had to be separately ordered when wolf grey was offered. With that,I have enough organization to satisfy me. I was worried about throwing small maxpedition edc pouches in the main pack, but they are easily accessed. I love the long pockets on the side. I can easily carry a large Libery bottle and accessing it while wearing the pack is easy, and so is restowing it after use.The only thing that is uncomfortable is how the lower shoulder straps come out of the pack. The 1" webbing/strap should be stitched where the folded material faces out,. Instead, the folded over webbing pokes into my back where my kidneys are. I don't have this problem with my two other Kifaru packs, my goruck gr0, or my LBT assault pack.I haven't come close to filling my pack up to capacity. I've had a arcteryx naga hoodie, beta SL rain shell, beta SL pants, laptop, maxpedition mini boo boo pouch, maxpedition large edc organizer, and a bunch of snacks in the pack and it all still fit under the plane seat; without hanging up on the organizer that is woven to external Molle. I wish I could lock the zippers. I generally travel with a small luggage master lock and lock my backpack when I leave it in a hotel room as a visual deterrent to curious housekeeping staff. I also wish there were a few molle points on the inside so I can secure a holster and or mag pouch. The dual zippers down the sides are a great idea and would allow me to access the main pack portion behind the organizer panel quickly.
Hike or Commute
From Bryan Bolding of Colorado Springs, Colorado on 5/29/2015.
Antero is a perfect fit for my corporate life weeks and backcountry weekends! Love this pack! Was worried my Apple MacBook Pro 15" Retina wouldn't fit with its protective sleeve and boy was I happily WRONG! I have loaded this pack down and its still begging for more! Ordering the Grab-it II for it so that I can easily stuff a down or rain jacket in! Well done Kifaru!!!
5/21/2016 – I understand the dimensions of each, but I'm wondering if anyone knows whether practically you can carry an MS Surface Book . . .
Response From Kifaru Intl.: Hi James,Yes, your laptop will fit in the bladder sleeve of the Antero pack.
5/17/2016 – Would this pack be suitable as an archery daypack during elk season or is it made primarily for city use?
Response From Kifaru Intl.: Hi,The antero can be used as a day pack for hunting. It is not built to haul heavy loads but would make for a great day pack for food, extra clothing, water, etc.
2/18/2016 – Can this pack carry a rifle or can be made to carry one?
Response From Kifaru Intl.: Hi Geoff,Our antero pack was not designed to carry a rifle, however if you add our waist belt, you can attach our gun bearer system to carry the rifle.
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