I needed a pack, not for backpacking, but for doing the High Sierra Loop in Yosemite National Park. So I didn't need to bring a tent, sleeping bag and stove. I was going to be doing 28 miles over three days so I needed a comfortable pack that would hold a sheet, long underwear, changes of clothes, a fleece jacket, camp sandals, small toiletries, water and lunch. This Kelty backpack was ideal.
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I am not a toughened backpacker. I needed something that wasn't going to kill my back. This pack performed perfectly. The curved, padded shoulder straps were soft. I loved the adjustable high strap that kept the shoulder straps from feeling like they would slide off my shoulders. The padded hip strap kept the weight balanced and primarily carried on the hips. (This pack was designed for women.)
The pack held everything easily. I liked the hidden zippered pocket for money and ID. There were two handles for lifting the pack. I was a bit worried that the light color (heather or periwinkle blue) would get dirty immediately, but it came through the Yosemite dust still looking clean and new. I also loved the mesh padded panels close to my back. They seemed to wick sweat away.
The only design flaw was that the mesh pockets on each side which were supposed to hold water bottles, didn't. I tried with a small, plastic water bottle on an earlier hike. The bottle slid out and floated down the river. The taller, aluminum water bottles I carried for the longer Yosemite hike, kept falling out. I ended up putting the water bottles in two higher pockets which were open. These worked just fine, but I had to take the pack off everytime I wanted a drink. Somehow I couldn't contort my arms into any position to remove the water bottles while the pack was on.
Overall I was extremely happy with this pack. I barely knew I had it on for all those miles, which is exactly what I wanted.
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