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)

Advnture 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.


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    RECCO reflector

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    Great design elements

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    Brilliant female-specific fit


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    Too many bells and whistles for casual use

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    Too heavy for very lightweight adventures

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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.

Sian Lewis

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.