Kelty

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In 1952, Dick Kelty, a carpenter, builder, and avid outdoorsman, started making backpacks for his friends in the Sierra Club for 24 bucks a pop. His friends were grateful. These 24-dollar packs revolutionized backpacking, implementing for the first time Kelty's ideas of a hipbelt and lighter aluminum frames. Soon, Kelty and his friends were exploring the Sierra Nevadas with heavy loads, no shoulder pain, going farther, longer, and happier into the wilderness than ever before. Five years later, Dick Kelty quit his carpentry business to start an outdoor gear company. Staked out in an old garage, he welded aluminum tubes into frames while his wife, Nena, cut, sewed, and fitted the pack bags. Today, Kelty gear promises the same dedication to innovation and getting outdoors that Dick Kelty had forty-eight years ago. Kelty started as a company making it easier for friends to enjoy the wilderness, and that's what Kelty still does. Kelty just has a few more friends.

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Low Loveseat Chair

Low Loveseat Chair

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We love this camping chair! We use it for our kids soccer games, tailgating and of course camping. It sits low to the ground so you can really stretch out your legs and relax. We've given several as gifts....everyone loved it!

from Fort Collins on September 10, 2018

Bestie Blanket

Bestie Blanket

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  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

This a cool, fun print, but the washing instructions determined that I'm never taking it camping. Machine wash with a gentle soap and specifically not detergent (???), and tumble dry low. The smoke smell from a campfire laughs at such an idea. No problem for me. I'll use it while watching Netflix at home.

on August 20, 2018

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Redwing 44

Redwing 44

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

When buying this pack, I couldn't tell which color it actually was. On Kelty's website it looked more blue, and on Zappos it looked more green. Zappos had it right - it was more green. The fit of the pack is great (I'm 5'7") and it's very comfortable even on longer hikes. It fits all my gear even for a multiday trips: tent, mattress, clothes, food, stove, gear (all inside), and my camp chair strapped to the outside bottom straps. One miss for me are the bottom mesh pockets - they are quite small - I wish they were a little taller and maybe secured on top with velcro so things don't fall out. They are good for anchoring tent poles that can slide underneath the side zipper pockets, though. Other pockets are great (front, top and sides). One more thing I would change is the zipper. On Redwing 50 the zipper is more robust. On this one, it's much smaller and I feel like it may wear out much faster with a lot of use. Overall this pack is awesome - for backpacking or casual travel.

on July 25, 2018

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Hyphen Pack Tote

Hyphen Pack Tote

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  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Such a cool bag. I've used it as a weekender bag, and loved it.

on July 18, 2018

Low-Love Mesh Camp Chair

Low-Love Mesh Camp Chair

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This is a great chair to cuddle.

on July 12, 2018

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Bestie Blanket

Bestie Blanket

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  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Great item at a great price! Lightweight and warm enough to keep cozy. I like that it packs down into the little carrying case, but it's a little larger than I was expecting; you could fit about 2 of these into a standard backpack. One note on color: I purchased the camo/red, which looked much more vivid on Zappos -- these colors were more muted in person. The red isn't very bright and the camo is so dark that the greens don't really 'pop.' I still like it, though.

on June 22, 2018

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Totes Tote

Totes Tote

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I've been a crazy bag lady ever since I had a baby, 18 months ago. I carry one bag for work, another my my lunch and still another for my kids things, My large wallet ends up floating between bags. I don't love the style of most diaper bags but figured it was time to grow up and just get a big bag where I could carry everything. This bag is it!! It fits my wallet, my work things, the diaper pouch, my water bottle and has a huge opening for me to throw anything else in there. There's both an external and an internal pocket for my cell phone and keys & I bought a couple of nylon pouches to store small things that might get lost at the bottom, like chapstick and pens or whatever. The Kelty nylon is thick and durable and the black geo heather appeals to my retro sensibilities but is still neutral enough to go with everything!

from El Paso on March 09, 2018

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Redwing 32

Redwing 32

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

I disagree with the other review. I ended up returning this pack because I was looking for something that could double as an urban pack, and this one just looked a little too campy for me. However, IMO it’s a quality pack designed very intelligently. The material isn’t cheap, just light weight. Anyone familiar with UL or even just camping/hiking gear in general will recognize this difference. The back support, especially lower lumbar seems great, although I did not test with significant weight. I happen to really like the zippers, except for the top zipper mentioned in the previous review – this is definitely catch-prone…an unfortunate finding for sure. I can see how this would have driven me crazy. Love the hideable hip belt for when you don’t want to look too campy, but again I returned it bc even without the hip belts it still looks a bit campy. Otherwise, great back, super light, super smart in design, just not the look I was going for. I’d recommend some of the Osprey Daypacks/commuter hybrids with back ventilation and minimal/removable hip belts. Happy Trails!

from CLT/DCA on February 23, 2018

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Redtail 27 Backpack

Redtail 27 Backpack

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Great set up, features. Very comfortable except the handle at top is placed in a bad position and rubs on the back of your neck. Would have driven me crazy. Had to return.

from NOLA on November 21, 2017

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Redwing 32

Redwing 32

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

Aesthethically pleasing. Looks like the "sports car" of its category. However, material looks and feels cheap. Quite disappointing. It even has a crumpling sound resembling that of a thick plastic bag. Totally the opposite of my first Kelty, material-wise. The hidden daisy chain is quite a pain to "fish" out especially if you have big fingers. The old style was much better and much more user-friendly in that regard. Besides, that was their signature look so why change it. Also, the zipper on the top pocket tends to get caught. The corner of the zipper pulls have quite sharp ends. I also don't know what to make of the narrow bottom of the bag. But I do like the weight and how it sits on my back on a full load. Very comfortable especially when using the sternum strap and the waist straps (that you can hide away) all at one. The top opening that converts to panel opening overcompensates for whatever I don't like about this bag though. Am I completely happy with this bag? No. Am I keeping it? Yes, because it can hold a lot for a minimalist traveler. I'll make a compromise. Love Kelty but I'm not sure if they got this one right.

from Oxnard, California on April 30, 2017

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Dodger Duffel 40L

Dodger Duffel 40L

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Great duffel, durable and the multi-function carrying handles are very useful. The material is soft enough for comfortable wear for long periods. Stylish look and quality zippers. Fits under seat for air travel.

from New Mexico on April 28, 2017

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Totes Tote

Totes Tote

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Great bag! Perfect for the beach!

from Blairsville, Ga on April 17, 2017

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Camp Chair

Camp Chair

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

The specs incorrectly list this item as weighing 1 lb, when in fact it weights 1 lb 7 oz. which is significant weight in the world of backpacking.

from Arizona on April 07, 2017

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Totes Tote

Totes Tote

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Wish the bag has a little more structure and a few more internal pockets. It just has the side pocket for water bottles, which fits all sizes nicely. The look is sporty and holds workout clothes, to-and-from work necessities, or a few groceries--versatile!

from CA on March 31, 2017

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Redwing 40

Redwing 40

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

Did extensive research for travel backpacks ideal for petite body frame. Bought this and Osprey Farpoint 40L, and decided to keep Redwing 40. Key factors why I decided on this pack was because the weight of the pack was lighter than Farpoint 40, it feels more comfortable on, the back mesh is breathable, and hip belt is well padded. I'm not a big fan of the deep lake color (like a teal) and I wish the top load zippers went further down the pack but other than that, no other complaints.

from Hawaii on March 05, 2017

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Essential Chair

Essential Chair

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

These are the essential chairs you've been looking for-no pun intended. The fold around bag is AMAZING (no more shoving a leg through a thin bag here!) the seat is ample and comfortable, and most important to my husband and I-these chairs 1)do not lean backwards and 2) are at a normal seating height (ie: not almost on the ground like many others you might have seen). The workmanship is outstanding, and so while a little more money than some on the market I have no doubt that these will last for decades. PS the bag sleeve makes a great mat for not just your feet, but also your dog if you have one :)

from Ohio on January 06, 2017

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Cosmic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag - Long

Cosmic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag - Long

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Small and compact and relatively light. Great for affordable back packing or car camping, but still Good quality. Of course remember to dress appropriately, but it'll keep you toasty. I also love the foot vent. It seems pretty sturdy in the zipper department too.

from NH on December 09, 2016

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Cosmic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

Cosmic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Wonderful sleeping bag. Just used it in 32 degree lows and stayed toasty warm!

from El Dorado Hills, CA on October 11, 2016

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Camp Chair

Camp Chair

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Bought for a kayak trip & use during hiking & winter camping...packs up small & is amazingly comfortable even when sitting upon rocky shorelines! Very inexpensive for the comfort you'll receive. Keltybrand is a reputable name I personally have had great success with, in my 22 years of adventuring

from Gods country on July 31, 2016

Essential Chair

Essential Chair

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

This is seriously the best outdoor chair that I have ever seen. The back of this does not recline (which I wanted - if I am attending an event I do not want to feel like I am laying backwards while trying to watch) and the quality of the build is unlike anything that I have seen before. Gone are the days of trying to stuff a chair back into its sack; this chair's "bag" unrolls into a mat you can lay your feet on, have someone else sit on, or whatever you want and easily surrounds the chair again when you are ready to pack up using its three buckle clips. It has a great padded strap to carry it by, it is quite lightweight, and the grey color is a good bit lighter than shown (what I was expecting). Bite the bullet and get the chair, and it will be the last time you buy it.

from Ohio on May 27, 2016

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