I have a love/hate relationship with Klymit. They make or sell hiking gear including inflatable pillows, inflatable mattresses, backpacks with inflatable "air frame", and sleeping bags. For the most part I like their pillows and mattresses. Now that I have several; only the Static V Junior is a problem. The valve seems to leak unlike the screw valve. But the real hate comes from the Stash-18.
- I only recently read that it is a runner's pack. I disagree. If you want a runner's pack then you need to look at Ultimate Direction. So this is a push.
- The top of the main compartment is a cinch. If it rains the contents are getting wet.
- there are no side pockets or shoulder strap pockets so carrying water means 3rd party strap pockets or a hydration bag.
- The sternum straps seemed less functional and needed adjustment in order to access my water.
That's when I saw the Dash-10.
- It is 10L instead of 18L. That's not much for a day hike so long as the kit you bring is limited to the bare essentials for "survival"
- One great feature is the shoulder strap pockets.
- A feature most runners want is something to keep the pack's contents from bouncing around. This pack has shock cord on both sides
- Compared to the Stash-18 the shoulder strap connects to the bottom of the pack and about 1/3 the way from the bottom.
- The materials include two different grey colors
The Dash-30 is similar to the Dash-10
- Look closely at the pictures. The 30 has a cinch but it also has a flap that covers the hole.
- It also has a buckle that keeps the top in place.
- Instead of shock cord for compression they used 5mm webbing.
- instead of one sternum strap the Dash-30 has 2 which are on a glide similar to other more expensive packs.
- The pocket on the front seems larger
- There is a stretch pocket on the inside that appears to be intended for a hydration pouch. While I did not notice it at first the flap attached to the cinch has a water-drop stencil and a small port.
Overall the Dash-10 and Dash-30 seem to share many cues and the 30 has a few more features. Flat they look very similar in volume but I think that's an illusion because it's missing the depth.
If I had to buy another hydration bag I'd get an osprey. Several models have a rigid feature.
One feature all of these packs have in common is the airframe which gives the frame a shape. The videos say that it can be used as a sit pad or a pillow but I'm not sure I want to tear apart the pack to get to it every night.
On thing that I would consider a killer feature is the customer service. My Dash-10 had a manufacturing defect and while we were talking the rep offered the Dash-30 as a replacement. I have been looking forward to receiving the pack that I almost requested a second.
PS: one thing I did not like about the Stash model was that the black material made it difficult to see inside the pack. I liked the orange because the color reflected the light and I did not have to dump my pack to see inside.