Kelty is no stranger to lightweight backpacks, with their modular (and expensive) Cloud and Vapor packs made of Spectra fabric, and their less expensive Flight version made of Dyneema Gridstop. We visited Kelty looking for new affordable lightweight backpacks and were not disappointed. Kelty’s new Lightweight series backpacks are full-featured, yet weigh no more than some popular lightweight packs you are quite familiar with.
The line consists of three packs: the Soar at 5,200 cubic inches and 4 pounds, the Agile at 4,500 cubic inches and 3 pounds 13 ounces, and the Nimble at 3,500 cubic inches and 3 pounds 8 ounces. For comparison, the popular 3,800 cubic inch Osprey Aether 60 now weighs just over 4 pounds.
Left to right: Nimble 3500W’s, Nimble 3500, Agile 4500W’s, Agile 4500 and Soar 5200.
All three packs are full-featured with lightweight durable fabrics, adjustable aluminum stays, HDPE framesheet, well padded shoulder straps and hipbelt, wicking backpanel, six outside pockets, and more. Overall, the new Kelty lightweight packs are impressive and definitely worth taking a look at.