Why It's Cool
The least expensive pack in this lineup is also one of the few with adjustable torso length, which nails the fit for a comfortable carry. » Precisely tuned for a 35-pound load, the framesheet and the U-shaped stay transfer weight to a hipbelt with moderate padding. » Kudos to Kelty for providing more cargo-carrying options than many higher-priced packs. You get side pockets and compression straps to secure poles, two hydration sleeves (think desert hiking), a clever front shovel pocket incorporating a daisy chain and a zippered pouch, and lash tabs on the pack bottom to secure a tent. » The Source Vagabond hydration bladder has an antigrunge lining to help fight funk.Hmmm . . .
The polyester on the hipbelt and shoulder straps felt strangely like a shirt from the seventies: It starts out slick, then ends up sticky with sweat.