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Kelty is one of the most diverse camping and backpacking companies out there, primarily because they do it all. They make innovative backpacks, daypacks, sleeping bags, tents and more. And most all their products are of respectable quality without being cost-prohibitive.
Their backpacks in particular are known for their detailed, modern features with a diverse amount of offerings. HIgher quality bags certainly exist on the market, but for an affordable price, Kelty provides fine quality and convenience.
With that in mind, here are three great Kelty bags on available today…
The smallest of the Kelty packs, the Redwing might be glossed over in lieu of more robust packs filled with more pockets and features, but the Redwing 44 (or the Women’s Redwing 40) should by no means be overlooked. For light packers, it provides all you need for overnights and weekend trips.
For heavier packers, this thing makes a serious daypack. Better yet, its compact design makes it a great choice for traveling abroad. That it retails for just $119 makes it all the more enticing.
Capacity: 44.24 liters
Length: 22 in
Depth: 12 in
Torso Fit Range: 14.5 – 18.5
Hipbelt Fit Range: 28 – 46 in
Dimensions: 3.15 x 14.96 x 24.02 inches
Material: 420D Polyester Ball Shadow
Weight: 3.25 pounds
Retail price: $120 (see here for latest discounts)
This is a very comfortable pack for its dense, compact design, and distributes the weight very well. For anyone needing an overnight pack for non-intensive use, the Redwing 44 provides a great bag for a fantastic price.
This isn’t the largest pack Kelty provides, but its 80 liters provides ample room for most backpackers’ needs. While it’s a bit heavier than many would prefer, this is a solid, affordable pack no matter whether you’re trekking in the woods or across the world.
Torso Size: 15.5 – 21 inches
Volume: 80 Liters
Weight: 5 lbs 3 oz
Dimensions (L x W x D): 32 x 15 x 15 in
Retail Price: $210 (see here for latest discounts)
Colors: Forest, Blackberry
Not everyone needs an 80-liter pack. But when it’s appropriate, it’s a very reliable, well-designed pack, with nice features but few thrills. While its retail price isn’t ideal for a Kelty pack, it can often be found for less at REI and Amazon (see this listing).
Finally, while this pack will provide more than enough room for international travel, many would argue that it’s too bulky, and that unless you’ll be packing for a winter in Scandinavia, lighter bags will almost certainly be more convenient and less cumbersome.
Of the three packs mentioned here, the Catalyst 65 is the most well-rounded and balanced. Its 65 liters of storage space provide ample room for three-day trips and more than enough for international travel. Plus, its eye-catching design, modern features and modest price tag will make it a more practical option than the larger Coyote 80. Plus, it includes some very interesting features like the detachable 10-liter daypack and Kelty’s newly debuted suspension system. Having just been released in early 2015, it represents Kelty’s latest technology.
Torso Size: 15.5 – 21 in
Volume: 65 liters
Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz
Dimensions (L x W x D): 32 x 13 x 15 inches
Colors: Smoke, Regal
Retail Price: $180 (see here for discounts)
As Kelty’s latest design, the Catalyst has a ton of handy features that make it a really unique pack both functionally and aesthetically. Some might consider the many new add-ons more than necessary, but most of the features prove both practical and creative. Kelty also makes a 50 liter and 80 liter version of the Catalyst, if those better suit your needs, but the 50-liter version doesn’t include the 10-liter daypack.
Sam Hardy is an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for survival skills. He writes about the great outdoors and his favorite equipment here.