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Tatonka Cima di Basso 38 W review: a well-designed pack for peak bagging

Ideal for climbers and ski tourers, the technical Tatonka Cima di Basso 38 W is packed with smart design features

Tatonka Cima di Basso 38 W
(Image: © Tatonka)

Our Verdict

Featuring very well thought-out design elements all-round, the Tatonka Cima di Basso 38 W is a technical pack for peak-bagging and trail adventures in the hills.


  • RECCO reflector
  • Great design elements
  • Brilliant female-specific fit


  • Too many bells and whistles for casual use
  • Too heavy for very lightweight adventures

First impressions

If your idea of a good time outdoors always involves heading for the mountains, the Tatonka Cima di Basso 38 W backpack is a piece of kit with your name on it.

German outdoor brand Tatonka named this technical pack, designed with female climbers and ski tourers specifically in mind, after an 1,800-metre (5,906ft) Swiss peak, and it is definitely ready for challenging alpine conditions.


RRP: £145 (UK) / €160 (EU)
Weight: 1.35kg /47.6oz
Capacity: 38L /  2319 cu in
Sizes: One size
Colors: Grey / Black / Red-Orange

On the trails

With 38 litres of storage space, the Tatonka Cima di Basso 38 W is best suited as a roomy daypack or for overnight peakbagging expeditions, with space to spare for technical kit, a rope, climbing shoes and spare clothing.

There are plenty of external loops and clips on this pack for holding ice axes and/or hiking poles safely. An elastic front pocket makes it easy to stash a helmet or a rope on the go. You can also remove the hip belt so that you can wear the Tatonka Cima di Basso 38 W with a climbing harness. A built-in RECCO reflector makes you more visible to mountain rescue teams in the event of an avalanche.

When you aren’t climbing or ski touring the pack is a great daysack for walking and trekking, although at 1.3kg it’s not quite light enough to work for fastpacking adventures.

We were impressed with the sack’s outer material on test – it’s a tough ripstop that can take any manner of knocks and scrapes (although the light grey colour does end up looking dirty relatively quickly).

The Cima di Basso is water-resistant enough to withstand a shower but no separate rain cover is included, which might be an issue if you got caught in torrential weather.