Kelty Arch 65
Design: Front & Top Loading Internal
Size: 16-19" torso
Number of Pockets: 2 hood, 1 front, 2 side, 2 waist, 2 H2O holders
Max. Load Carried: 25lbs
Height of Owner: 5'6"
I love this bag. I was a little nervous about getting it because it isn't "name-brand" and I was unfamiliar with their products but I was surprised to discover that it is just as comfortable as the Gregory Jade 60 I was looking at!
It lacks a sleeping bag compartment but a compression sack fixes that issue, and I like the detachable hood (get rid of excess weight!) but I wish it converted into a waist pack.
The bag has a sweet suspension system and a ventilation system that is just as awesome as the Gregory. It even has the same lumbar support! It's very adjustable which is great, and the front loading makes getting your gear out a breeze.
I can't give it five starts only because it's a little heavy, 6lbs, but when it comes to comfort it sure comes through!
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The Kelty Arch 65 women-specific pack easily adjusts for a close fit, keeping you comfortable on narrow, twisting trails. Adjustable AeroBeam(TM) suspension features a breathable hipbelt, back panel and shoulder straps for enhanced comfort and even distribution of your load. 2-layer padding in the hipbelt and 3-layer padding in the shoulder straps help preserve comfort for the long haul. Sternum strap, load-lifter straps and belt stabilizers help balance the load; pulleylike Scherer Cinch(TM) doubles hipbelt tightening force. Top-loading design provides easy access to pack contents; expandable hood allows you to stash extra gear. Spindrift collar cinches down over the main compartment to seal out rain and snow. Zippered hipbelt pockets, 2 waterproof stretch side pockets and a large front shove-it pocket keep your often-used essentials handy. Ice axe loops and multiple lash tabs let you strap on extra gear outside. Hydration sleeve holds a reservoir up to 3 liters and features tube ports on lid (reservoir sold separately). Side compression straps secure and stabilize the load. 210-denier ripstop nylon and laminated 150-denier stretch polyester ensure durability and light weight. Closeout.
The Women's Arch 65 Backpack uses Kelty's Aero Beam suspension system to provide four-way ventilation and help you say cool on blistering hot days. Not stopping with the frame, Kelty also added a breathable waist-belt and shoulder straps. Top and front-panel access lets you get to any part of the Arch 65 Backpack in seconds, so you don't have to empty out everything to find your headlamp. Several external pockets help you keep the small stuff organized, and this pack also includes a hydration pouch to hold your water bladder and keep the H20 within reach at all times.
- Backcountry Outlet
The versatile Arch Women's 65 offers women's-specific, fully ventilated Aero Beam&$TRADE; suspension which adjusts easily for a snug fit when carrying heavy loads. The secondary low-profile hood provides volume options, and the pockets on the waistbelt and sides help organize your gear.
- Altrec Outdoors
The versatile Kelty? Arch 65 - W offers womens specific, fully ventilated AeroBeam2; suspension which adjusts easily for a snug fit when carrying heavy loads. The low profile hood provides volume options, and the pockets on the waistbelt and sides help organize gear. Top loading bag with front panel access. Hydration compatible with reservoir sleeve. Breathable waistbelt, back-panel and shoulder straps. Mesh water bottle pockets and waterproof side pockets. Large stretch front pocket. Load compression and side compression straps. Two layered waistbelt with zippered waistbelt pockets. Ice axe loops and key fob.