Kelty Agile 4500

2 reviews
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I thought I'd try this pack due mostly in part to…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Men's front/top loading internal frame pack
Size: 4500 CI
Number of Pockets: 10 pockets, plus main bag
Max. Load Carried: 43 lbs
Height of Owner: 6' with a 21.5" torso length
Price Paid: $159 CDN Dollars

I thought I'd try this pack due mostly in part to the very positive experience I've had with the Kelty Illusion 3500. I need a bit bigger pack for extended 3 season and milder 4 season Canadian winters.

On my 1st trip out with it (4-day trip) I came to appreciate the thought and engineering that has gone into this pack. It is a feature rich pack and the fully adjustable suspension is capable for hauling 45+lbs comfortably. I had no sore spots after the 4 days, despite carrying a heavier than usual, 43lbs.

One thing I'm not impressed with, is how the upper side compression strap is anchored to the front part of the pack, right beside the panel zipper. It looks like there is a lot of stress at this point, with a loaded pack. This might be an issue down the road, as far as durability goes. I love the large pocket in the top lid. There are a total of 10 pockets on this pack. but the bottom rear 2 mesh pockets are limited in their usefulness. It looks like they were designed to hold a water bottle, but a quart size Nalgene doesn't fit, so ... ? I think Kelty should have left this pocket arrangement/design the same as on the Illusion 3500 and kept it to 2 useful sized mesh pockets. Again, I love the 'sleeve' behind the top 2 mesh side pockets. Ideal for tent poles, etc.

The panel access/zipper, while a nice, useful feature, could have been a little larger, for a pack this size, to easier access the lower half of the pack. Or, they could have left it like the Illusion 3500, an inverted U.

Also, Kelty might want to add/use a little more durable material for the bottom of the pack. This part sees a lot of abuse through the course of 'normal usage'. I have a small 'snag' or pull' on it already. Same thing happened to my Illusion 3500. It might add a couple of ounces, at most, but it would extend this part of the packs life greatly.

Weight of this pack on my scales is 1771g. Quite lightweight for the size of the pack.

Would I buy one again? So far, the answer is definitely - YES! Great value here in a very capable pack


The Agile 4500 is a very comfortable and highly adjustable…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Top and Front-loading Internal frame
Size: 4500 cu in
Number of Pockets: 1 main compartment, 1 top pocket, 1 front pocket, 4 mesh pockets
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $150

The Agile 4500 is a very comfortable and highly adjustable backpack. It's super light-weight, has enough room to hold solo gear for a few days, and doesn't waste weight with nonsense pockets and whistles.

It can load from the top or the front, which is great for on-the-trail rain gear donning. There is a hydration pack pocket in the main compartment for easy water storage, and four large mesh pockets on the side of the pack to hold other close at hand items.
The hip-belt is made of two types of foam, a soft hip-hugging material, and a more firm supporting material, this makes it very comfortable, and a sure fit.

Everything I could have ever asked for in a backpack is in this bag, I highly recommend it.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

When comfort is crucial, depend on the Agile 4500. Moderate in size for multi-day or weekend trips, this is the perfect pack for light and fast travels in the backcountry.

- Altrec Outdoors

It's difficult to feel agile with several day's worth of food and gear on your back. Kelty's 4lb Agile Backpack brings you one step closer. Kelty's sturdy framesheet and aluminum stays stabilize your load, and the breathable back panel and wicking hip-belt help prevent sweat-soaked shirts. Pack an extra layer and some snacks in the Agile Backpack's large front pocket for quick access, and keep water bottles in the side mesh pockets. With top and front loading, Kelty's Agile Pack makes accessing your gear easy once you reach base camp.

- Backcountry Outlet

Moderate in size, this is the perfect pack for light and fast travels in the backcountry where comfort is the key. Hydration compatible with reservoir sleeve. Adjustable suspension. Lightbeam aluminum stays. HDPE frame sheet. Breathable waistbelt, backpanel and shoulder straps. 2-layer padded waistbelt. Wicking and padded backpanel. Padded shoulder straps. Belt stabilizers and Scherer cinch. Top and front panel access. Side compression straps. Spindrift collar. Daisy chain and ice axe loop. Lash tabs. Large front pocket and outermesh stash pocket. Mesh water bottle pockets. Security pocket. Number of pockets: 5 Made of 280 denier nylon/300 denier poly HD mini diamond ripstop/245 HD nylon oxford. Size: 40 in. Lx15.5 in. Wx14 in. H. Fits torso length: 16-22 in. Wt. 3 lbs. 13 oz. Capacity: 4500 cu. in.

- Campmor

When comfort is crucial, depend on the Kelty Agile 4500.Moderate in size for multi-day or weekend trips, this is the perfect pack for light and fast travels in the backcountry.


Kelty Men's Agile 4500


The Men's Agile 4500 has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$119.37 - $179.99

The Kelty Men's Agile 4500 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen October 19, 2009 at Altrec Outdoors.

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