Kelty Pawnee 40

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Excellent backpack for a long single day hike or weekend…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a personal gift


Excellent backpack for a long single day hike or weekend overnight. Feels great carrying 20 pounds of gear on your back and you hardly notice it's there.


  • Support
  • Cargo room
  • Straps


  • Haven't come across one yet

Took this backpack for a long winter hike in the White Mountains and Kelty really lived up to its product here. I was very impressed with how the pack sat on my hips and shoulders. I usually have a hard time with circulation in my arms from carrying a load after an extended amount of time. I could hardly notice that the backpack was there.

I had to carry a large amount of clothing which I kept stripping off during the hike and the Pawnee was able to hold it all. I kept important things such as flashlight, Microspikes, rain jacket and food in the brain. The front pocket was able to organize all tools and medical equipment efficiently.

Once we reached the summit we had to strap the snowshoes to the packs. The compression straps worked great for this. They're very easy to use on the fly and in high winds. I enjoy the pocket on the hip straps it works perfect for a camera or cellphone to get those pictures at the right moment.

I'll be looking towards Kelty for more gear in the future!

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Kelty Pawnee 40 backpack is designed for the overnight backpacker or the day hiker who stays out longer. The top-loading Pawnee keeps you moving in comfort and style. Features include a single aluminum LightBeam II stay and Kelty's PE sheet suspension with ventilating waist belt, backpanel, and shoulder straps.


Kelty Pawnee 40 Internal PackThe Kelty Pawnee 40 Internal Pack is a must-have for the enthusiast hiker. It has all the features that you need in a single bag! With its water bottle pockets, you can carry enough water to last you throughout your trip. This pack has a large front pocket with an organizer and a sleeping bag compartment so you are fully prepared to go on any camping or hiking expedition. The single aluminum stay takes care of the really heavy loads, directing the weight to your hips to lessen the strain on your back. A HDPE frame sheet along with load-lifter, sternum, and padded shoulder straps provide you with the necessary support, making it easy to carry this bag around. Get the Kelty Pawnee 40 Internal Pack today and enjoy your outings to the fullest.

- SunnySports

Free Shipping. Kelty Pawnee 40 Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Kelty Pawnee 40 Pack Top loading Side access into pack Hydration compatible Pack cover included Ice-axe loop Daisy chain Hipbelt pocket Large front pocket with organization Key fob LightBeam single aluminum stay Dynamic AirFlow back panel AirMesh shoulder straps, waist belt, and lumbar Dual density foam waist belt Hipbelt stabilizer straps Scherer Cinch (US Pat#5,465,886) Padded shoulder straps Load-lifter/stabilizer straps The SPECS of the Kelty Pawnee 40 Pack Suspenstion: Lightbeam Fixed Suspension System Body: 420D Polyester Ball Shadow Reinforcement: 450D Polyester Oxford The SPECS for S/M Volume: 2300 cubic inches / 38 liter Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz / 1.6 kg Dimension: 26 x 11 x 11in. / 66 x 38 x 38 cm Torso Fit Range: 14.5 - 18.5in. / 37 - 47 cm The SPECS for M/L Volume: 2500 cubic inches / 41 liter Weight: 3 lbs 4 oz / 1.5 kg Dimension: 28 x 11 x 11in. / 71 x 28 x 28 cm Torso Fit Range: 17.5 - 21in. / 44 - 53 cm

- Moosejaw

For minimalist overnights or extensive day hikes, the Pawnee 40 is the perfect choice. A single aluminum stay handles heavier loads, directing the weight straight to your hips.

- Rocky Mountain Trail

Kelty Pawnee 40

previously retailed for:
$84.95 - $139.95

The Kelty Pawnee 40 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 16, 2014 at

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