Kelty Comal 3500
Price Paid: $89
Another great Kelty product! This was my first backpack that I have owned. It has proven itself to be a sturdy piece of equipment.
I bought it at Academy Monroe, LA. I loaded it in the store with about 35lbs then tried it on. It fit great and was very comfortable. Although I'm sure I looked like an oddball walking around the store with it on. But if you're going to invest in equipment, you have to make sure it performs to your specifications.
I have used this pack on about every hike I've been on in the past 3 years. I don't carry more than 20lbs of gear for a 5+ day trip so the 3500 cubic inches of space is more than enough for a lightweight/minimalist's gear list.
The pack is constructed well with double stitching at all strap terminals. The shoulder and hip pads are more than adequate to make a 15+ mile a day hike comfortable. But with the sturdy construction comes the trade off of weight. The pack weighs in at a beefy 4 lbs plus change. So it is not ultralight (I have a Mariposa Plus for that) but it is ultra-dependable.
I would recommend this pack as a great starter pack for anyone (male or female) to cut their hiking teeth on.
Price Paid: $89
Great quality. I am a full size man and bought the women's model at Academy not knowing the difference. I just read this review and things are starting to make sense....
Anyways, an amazing deal, Kelty rocks!
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Don't be fooled by the ridiculously low price: the Kelty Women's Comal Backpack is a burly pack that's comfortable to wear on weekend adventures. Kelty specifically engineered this pack with an ergonomic harness that fits smaller women and bigger kids; it adjusts to fit torsos between 12-17 inches. Stuff your sleeping bag, clothes, and tent into this top-loading 3500 cubic inch backpack and hit the trail for a lightweight trip. Two side zippered pockets, a large front pouch, and a top compartment provide lots of extra space for your rain shell, pack fly, and water filter, and you can slip two Nalgenes into the side mesh sleeves.
- Backcountry Outlet