Kelty Shrike – Day Backpacks: Reviews

A mash-up between a college book bag and a classic daypack, the streamlined, 2,000-cubic-inch Shrike was surprisingly versatile. The suspension system—basically a padded back panel and shoulder straps—isn't anything fancy, but if you don't overload it (30 pounds, max), it's plenty comfy for long hikes. Around town, the front pocket's pen-and-gadget organizer came in handy. Plus, it's just big enough to double as your travel carry-on for a long weekend. (We avoided checking bags on a three-day trip to Germany thanks to the Shrike.) Just be careful unzipping the poorly designed top pocket when the pack is full; its contents like to tumble onto the ground. As with the Crumpler, you can remove the hipbelt if you're just heading for a stroll. 1.9 lbs;

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