The Cutaway 20 | 30 | 40

  • Made in USA
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Regular price$316.00

Size chart

Pack Sizing

Our Cutaway Pack comes in three sizes (Tiempo is one size):

  • 16"
  • 18"
  • 20"

The most reliable way to choose a comfortable pack size is to measure your torso from your C7 vertebra at the base of your neck to the spot on your hips where you would want your hip belt to sit. If you do not plan to use a hip belt, use that as a starting point to determine where you want the bottom of your pack to be. You can size down if you wish for your pack to be clear of your butt and hips. If you do plan to use your pack with a hip belt, please stick to the sizing method above and pick the larger size if in-between sizes.

Also take the following into consideration:

  • Make sure to stand up straight while measuring.
  • Use a flexible measuring tape or a string (make sure it's not stretchy!) for a more accurate measurement.
  • If you have friends, make one of them help you.
  • If you like wearing your pack low with straps loose, you might want to size up on straps and down on pack size.
  • If you are between sizes and anticipate your pack being relatively empty much of the time, size down.

Shoulder Strap Sizing

Our straps come in four sizes:

  • 16.0in / 41cm
  • 17.5in / 44.5cm
  • 19.0in / 48cm
  • 20.5in / 52cm

The best way to determine your strap size is to take a measurement along the path of the strap, then select the size that more closely resembles your measurement. When in doubt, go up a size. If you need a size that is larger or smaller than what we currently offer, please let us know by emailing us at

Please follow these steps when taking your strap measurement:

  1. Stand up straight with your back against the wall. 
  2. Find the base of your sternum and imagine a horizontal line traveling across your rib cage. The most comfortable place for the bottom of your straps should fall within an inch or two of this line.
  3. Simulate the line of pressure at the bottom of the straps by pressing down with the side of your thumbs. This should help you determine the most natural/comfortable place for the bottom of the straps to ride.
  4. With a measuring tape or string, measure from this point up over the middle of your shoulder (following the path the strap will take), and to the wall behind you at the same height as the top of your shoulder.

Hip Belt Sizing

Our hip belts come in three size ranges:
  • Small: 26" - 33"
  • Medium: 33" - 41"
  • Large: 42" - 48"

Measure your waist at the point where you would wear your hip belt. DO NOT use your pants size! This will not give you an accurate number. If you are between sizes, going to the larger size will give you extra padding without going too close the the minimum size the belt can accommodate. 

Pack Volume
Torso Length

Product Description

Designed with comfort and accessibility in mind, the Cutaway Pack is a great choice for thru-hikes, overnighters, and everything in between.

  • Available in 20L, 30L, and 40L volumes. 
  • Unrivaled accessibility: with the exception of the small shelf pocket, all exterior pockets on the Cutaway can be accessed while wearing the pack.
  • Hybrid Vest Straps provide an outstanding level of comfort and organization.
  • Our uniquely designed bottom pocket has a secure, user-side entry and is accessible with either hand.
  • A wide variety of optional accessories provide additional opportunities for personalization.
  • The stock version of this pack is made with VX07 Soft fabric. A made-to-order version is also available for purchase with a lead time. 

Max load recommendation: 25 lbs / 11.5 kg  

Example - 18" torso with 17.5" straps, 1x standard and 1x elastic sternum strap

  • 20L: 14.4 oz, 25L total internal volume
  • 30L: 15.4 oz, 34L total internal volume
  • 40L: 16.5 oz, 43L total internal volume

Click here for full list of specs.

*All weights are approximate - due to the handmade nature of our products, weights may vary

This product is made with VX07 Soft. For a full list of the materials we offer through our made-to-order program, see our Materials Page.

VX07 Soft - 4.7 oz/yd2

Construction: 3-layer laminate

  1. DWR on a 70d Ripstop nylon face
  2. Post-Consumer recycled polyester X-Ply 22°
  3. 50d polyester taffeta backing

Custom Sizing

We are not currently offering custom torso lengths, however, if you need shoulder straps that are shorter than 16" or larger than 20.5" we will do our best to accommodate you. 


If you have any questions about repairs, please email us directly at rather than using the form below and include photos of the area in need of repair.   

Combining Orders

Multiple orders can be combined and shipped together but this does not change the price of shipping that was already charged.

Currency Listed for International Orders

All prices are converted automatically and should be listed in your local currency. 

Warranty & Returns
See our Warranty and Returns page.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Michael Newton
Most comfortable pack yet

I tested a cutaway vs a pa'lante v2, ultralight, and desert pack, as well as a zerk 40 and a waymark gear co evlv ultra. This was the most comfortable and somehow also the lightest while giving me the most on the go pocket access

Excellent fast-through hiking pack

Supremely impressed with the durability of the product.
Both my partner and I used Cutaway’s to do a 75km 1.5 day hike across remote sections of BC and were wowed by the comfort and the durability.

Will be buying again from you guys.

One suggestion:
It would be great if the vest straps accommodated 500ml salomon/hydropac soft flasks, similar to Salomon vest packs for trail running.

Keith Laurenz
Give your ultralight kit the backpack it deserves!

Like many ultralight backpacking nerds, I am a gear junky, and there is one backpack that has remained in the lineup while so many other packs have come and gone. The Cutaway is your ideal backpack for ultralight weekends but really excels for long distance thru hikes. As the miles under your feet increase, the features the Nashville Pack team have provided you really start to shine. Thoughtful features aside, something that doesn't show up on a spreadsheet is how well this backpack rides. I came here specifically to give my two cents on something that is hard to portray on a product webpage. Whether it is a quick overnighter with your fishing gear or a 6 day sufferfest along the Wind River High Route, this pack takes it in stride as you will on (or off) the trail.

The Cutaway is the closest thing to perfect you’ll find in the never ending search for perfection

Sure, we all came here looking at the pack weight, ultra fabric and pockets on pockets on pockets, but what made me fall in love with this pack was the stuff that’s not on a spec sheet.
Details like the absurdly wide opening, variability of shoulder strap setup and comfy-as-heck carrying position really take this pack from a stat sheet wonder to a mile crushing partner-in-crime.
Forgot to put your toothbrush away before hitting the trail? No problem.
Gotta dig way down to get your, er, first aid kit? No problem. Massive tree down that requires climbing? No problem.

The build quality coming out of this shop is, very simply, unrivaled.

Marc Laudeman
A great pack

I love the customization you can do with this pack . It’s is very comfortable to wear. I really like the bottom pocket .
I would definitely buy another one.