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Kelty Locus 40

A 100-liter pack that provides excellent load transfer and customlike comfort

Brand: Kelty

Model: Locus 40


This cavernous, 100-liter top-loader manages monster loads without any superfluous weight. It easily swallowed all of my gear and food for a 12-day gig on the PCT, and stability proved top-notch, even when I was scrambling and bushwhacking.

Credit the plastic framesheet with aluminum perimeter rod and center stay, which attaches firmly to the stiffened hipbelt and provides excellent load transfer, even when I schlepped 65 pounds—more than half my body weight! And after a few days, the hipbelt’s memory-foam padding molded to my curves for customlike comfort.

Thick shoulder straps held the load snug to my torso without rubbing or pinching. Nice touch: Plastic tubing on the zipper pulls is easy to grab with gloves on. $340; 5 lbs. 6 oz.(S); 3 unisex sizes; mountainhardwear.com.
Ventilated AeroFly™ suspension allows for easy adjustibility and four way backpanel airflow.

Side and load compression straps.

Breathable waistbelt and shoulder straps.

Zippered waistbelt pockets.

Load-lifter straps.

Ice axe loops.

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