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.
By Will Rietveld
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.