Kelty Compression Stuff Sacks
Price Paid: around 16 bucks
This review is for the EXTRA LARGE (11" x 22") compression sack.
I admit it, I'm fairly cheap. Buying this stuff sack was an effort to salvage a sleeping bag purchase I had made years ago before I had done any research or had a desire to do anything more than car camping. Now, I've done the research, and now I backpack.
Prior to purchasing this compression sack, I've strapped my Kelty Mistral 20 to the top of a backpack too small for any serious outings (~43L), making it very visible and prompting a fellow backpacker to comment, "that's the largest sleeping bag I've ever seen!" However, I've recently purchased a larger (65L) pack that fits the Mistral inside, but without any room for much else. So instead of buying a bag that is ACTUALLY compressible, I though I would save money and just get a compression sack.
The Mistral does compress...sort of. Enough to fit it in the pack, anyway. But it still sucks up an enormous amount of room. I know this sounds like a review of the Mistral, but I provide all this as context for what I think of the Kelty Compression sack.
Being cheap, I purchased the Kelty Compression sack because it was the cheapest (that I could find). It did compress the bag as much as that thing would compress. No straps broke, no seams ripped, no buckles popped. And I pulled hard. The straps themselves are a bit inflexible. It packs into itself, which was a pleasant surprise.
I still expect to line the stuff sack with a plastic bag, so I can't really comment on the potential water resistance (manufacturer website claims it is made with water resistant nylon with a DWR finish). All in all, it did what I hoped. However, on the whole, I think I would have preferred to purchase a more compressible bag.
The upshot is: if you have something that needs compression that will only fit into the extra large compression sack, seriously consider your alternatives. If you're looking at the smaller stuff sacks, then the quality of the construction seems sufficient.
And they're cheap.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Kelty Compression Stuff Sack DECENT FEATURES of the Kelty Compression Stuff Sack Four vertical compression straps Quick-release buckles Can be buckled to the outside of a pack Hidden storage pocket Self-stuffs into storage pocket The SPECS Water-Resistant Nylon Ripstop The SPECS for Small Full Size: 6 x 12in. / 15 x 30 cm Compressed Size: 6 x 9 x 1in. / 15 x 23 x 2.5cm Total Weight: 3 oz / 0.08 kg The SPECS for Medium Full Size: 8 x 15in. / 20 x 38 cm Compressed Size: 8 x 10 x 1in. / 20 x 25 x 2.5cm Total Weight: 4 oz / 0.11 kg The SPECS for Large Full Size: 10 x 18in. / 25 x 46 cm Compressed Size: 10 x 10 x 1in. / 25 x 25 x 2.5cm Total Weight: 5 oz / 0.14 kg The SPECS for Extra Large Full Size: 11 x 22in. / 28 x 56 cm Compressed Size: 11 x 10 x 1in. / 28 x 25 x 2.5 cm Total Weight: 6 oz / 0.17 kg
The Kelty compression stuff sack is the perfect tool for consolidating your sleeping bag on those trips where space is critical. The Kelty compression sack consists of four vertical straps that provide an evenly distributed compression control. A hidden pocket in top lid provides room for a few small accessories. Reduce even the puffiest winter bag down to a reasonable size--compression stuff sacks are a great way to increase the capacity of your pack. Self-stuffing into hidden storage pocket when stuff sack is empty.Sizing: Size S M L XL Full Size 6 x 12' 8 x 15' 10 x 18' 11 x 22' Compressed Size 6 x 9' 8 x 10' 10 x 10' 11 x 10' Color Curry Rhubarb Juniper Deep Blue
Kelty's Compression Stuff Sack will increase the available space within your pack by compressing sleeping bags and clothing down. Stuff Sack Features: Four vertical compression straps Quick-release buckles Can be buckled to the outside of a pack Hidden storage pocket Self-stuffs into storage pocket Size Extra Large: Full size: 11 x 22" / 28 x 56 cm Compressed size: 11 x 10" / 28 x 25 cm Weight: 6 oz / 0.2 kg Size Large: Full size: 10 x 18" / 25 x 46 cm Compressed size: 10 x 10" / 25 x 25 cm Weight: 5 oz / 0.1 kg Size Medium: Full size: 8 x 15" / 20 x 38 cm Compressed size: 8 x 10" / 20 x 25 cm Weight: 4 oz / 0.1 kg Size Small: Full size: 6 x 12"" / 15 x 30 cm Compressed size: 6 x 9"" / 15 x 23 cm Weight: 3 oz. / 0.1 kg Body Material: Body Material: Water-resistant Nylon ripstop with DWR finish
- Rocky Mountain Trail
Sometimes you need a little extra room in your pack for long journeys and gear-laden expeditions so fill up the Kelty Compression Stuff Sacks and cinch down your soft gear into a more compact package. Made with water resistant ripstop nylon and finished with a DWR (durable water repellant) treatment your packables will stay safe and dry inside their secondary shell. Perfect for travel, hiking or camping four vertical compression straps allow you to pack your gear small to fit inside your bag or strap on the outside of your pack. Whether youre heading on an outdoor adventure in the wilderness or gearing up for an international trip pick up a Kelty Compression Stuff Sack and find the extra room to bring a few luxuries along with you.
- Altrec Outdoors