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I bought this backpack a year ago for use as a carry-on for one bag travel.
I AM IN LOVE! It has changed the way I travel. The pack is very very comfortable to carry, fits a lot more than I expected (bit more than a week's worth of clothes, travel essentials and still some room to spare) and has a lot of compartments to organize your stuff. I have not had a problem bringing it as a carry-on on in any airline (even in budget airlines with strict rules). I find that even when stuffed to capacity, it fits perfectly in overhead compartments.
I bought this instead of the women's version just because of the extra 4 lbs., but still wonder if the hip belt in the other version would have made a difference in comfort. I have wider hips and wish the straps were just longer, to be able to adjust it comfortably especially if wearing several outer layers.
If Kelty made this with lockable zippers (for, you know basic security when travelling) and hipbelt pockets (for easy access to things during check-in, security and boarding), I would be very very tempted to upgrade to that, and would never ever stare lascivously at another bag. I promise.
Jimena on Mar 26th 2017
My favorite day pack. This bag has accompanied me on many Pacific Northwest adventures and is by far the most comfortable day pack I've owned. At 5ft 7in, medium build, it's a great fit and very easy to adjust as loads shift on the move. With 15 to 20 pounds of gear I've had no issues with comfort and, for my build, the waist strap rides securely and comfortably on my Iliac crest.
I really appreciate that the pack has plenty of organizational details and side sides pockets. As mentioned in previous reviews, external pockets can be hard to come by in pack designs these days.
Overall an excellent pack. No regrets so far. Unknown on Feb 27th 2017
Purchased this for use as a day pack and for short weekend trips. I like the layout of the pack especially the compartment for rain gear between the large and small sections. The zippers on the large and small compartments are nice and long so the pack can really be opened up if necessary. I can get a lot into this pack and don't have to go digging around in some deep dark tunnel to find things. I'm tall (6'4") and find the pack very comfortable to wear for long periods. I've done some light climbing with this pack, it's very stable. Rob T on Jan 31st 2017
I tried to remove hip belt but it was way harder than it looks on the video... First thing was the strip bands that come crimped and dont allow to be unleash (That was easy to fix with scissors). Then the aluminum bar that I believe goes through the hip belt. I has not being able to pull the aluminum bar up to release the hip belt... Hopefully you can give me some tips.... :) Juan F Lopez Hernandez on Jan 29th 2017
The waist straps are way to small for us larger guys.... anything over a 36" waist and you can forget using this pack. Do not buy at all if you plan on using the waist straps and are a 36 " waist or larger... just the addition of a knife makes it unusable. Todd on May 24th 2016
Nice pack! Very comfortable for the size, plenty of pockets to store your goods. I've used it for day hikes, XC ski touring and bike commuting. Its even been a nice make shift camera bag, my tripod fits nicely in the side pocket pass thru. Great versatility / utility! Unknown on Apr 4th 2016
I'm a backpack hoarder and this one is my favorite. It's under 3 lbs, even less if you take off waist strap, and aluminum stay. It great for travel. But the 2016 model is higher than in 2015.
Model 2016 25x15x12" 44L
Model 2015 22x15x12" 44L
How can both have 44 liters? Rodrigus on Apr 3rd 2016
The current design of this pack leaves a lot to be desired. Older version stored walking poles easier. Storage of layer garments on the outside of the pack appears harder to effect that the previous model. The only improvement is that the side pockets appear larger that on the previous model, where they are appreciated but a little small.
At least this pack has side pockets. Too many manufacturers of packs do not include them at all anymore, a problem when trying to access small items quickly without unpacking your pack. One only has to look at military and tactical packs to observe that almost ALL of them have side pockets. There's a reason for that.
Finally, these packs have a good hip belt. Nice and beefy, to make putting the load on your hips comfortable. Please do not "cheap out" on this feature on future versions of the pack. It makes this pack a unique and better model. tree188 on Mar 21st 2016