Kelty Tornado 4900

3 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



This bag has been everywhere with me! It was given…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Top-loading, "J" zip (for side and bottom access) rucksack
Size: 80.4L
Number of Pockets: 1 big and a lid
Max. Load Carried: 45 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'6"

This bag has been everywhere with me! It was given to me as a gift in 2004, 5 years on and is almost as good as new. It's been backpacking across Europe, North America, parts of Asia, and is headed to Africa in 7 days.

I'm really rough on gear and it's only now starting to show a tiny sign of wear on the lid. The size is great (if not a touch too big) for long treks. Once you get the fitting right, you're golden. Side mesh pouches are perfect for 1L bottles. Most bags are designed so that the bottles are either easy to grab (but also easy to slip out) or difficult to grab. The 'J' zip is great and the lid is easy to access while still wearing the bag!

It's a brilliant bag! I only hope that when this one finally kicks the bucket I'll be able to find one just like it!


I purchased this pack for a 3-week backpack trip through…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Size: 4900 cu. in.
Number of Pockets: many
Max. Load Carried: around 50 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: $190+tax

I purchased this pack for a 3-week backpack trip through Europe near the end of 2006. This is one of the most comfortable packs I have ever used. It has great weight distribution and enough pockets to keep items that you need frequently easily accessible. It is durable enough to be thrown around on buses, trains, airplane luggage compartments, etc.

Even though it is not a current Kelty model, you can still find it on-line usually at close-out prices. I highly recommend Kelty for their high quality products.


Like the mesh backed shovel pocket and the way the…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: top loading with j zipper
Size: 4900 cubic inch
Number of Pockets: 2?
Max. Load Carried: 65 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $149

Like the mesh backed shovel pocket and the way the cinch straps allowed me to secure items that didn't quite fit in the pack. It came with the 3 liter hydration system which is new to me, but has already changed the way I pack. The j zipper access is nice. It took a while to fine tune the fit.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Tornado is Kelty's largest hydration pack and perfect for extended adventures. Its narrow, slim profile hugs your body and allows maximum movement.

- Altrec Outdoors

CLOSEOUTS . Kelty's Tornado 4900 backpack helps you pack a lot of gear into the backcountry considering its slim, body-hugging style. Adjustable Storm Suspension with breathable suspension elements Bi-laminate adjustable foam shoulder straps Aluminum stays and HDPE mid-back frame sheet Delrin arch support and padded back panel Three-layer ISO waist belt with belt stabilizers Scherer Cinch waist belt tightening system Packbag features top and side loading access Three-liter taste-free hydration bladder with tube exit port Double drawcord spindrift collar with control strap on top Side and vertical compression straps Airlock buckles, lashing tabs and daisy chains Side mesh bottle pockets Fits torsos: 16-21” Size (LxWxD): 37x13x11- ” Capacity: 4900 Weight: 5 lb. Fabric: Nylon Shadow ripstop and micro ripstop CLOSEOUTS . Philippines.

- Sierra Trading Post

Adjustable-height top pocket with security pocket inside; large front pouch and twin mesh accessory pockets keep gear organized and ready. Aluminum stays and HDPE mid-back framesheet support and balance the load. Breathable suspension elements keep you more comfortable on the trail. Features durable nylon ripstop construction for superior abrasion-resistance. Four side-compression straps snug down the load and add gear-storage options. Ice-axe loops and vertical daisy chain provide attachment points for climbing gear. Ideal for long-weekend adventures, this pack is loaded with features specifically designed to get you and your gear out there comfortably. Included 3-liter Source Taste Free reservoir neither develops nor transmits bad plastic taste and will not inherit the taste of liquids. Narrow, slim profile hugs your body and allows maximum range of movement. Reservoir features a filter-compatible filler cap, lightweight fill handle and leakproof, easy-flow bite valve. Sternum strap, load lifter straps and belt stabilizers help balance the load; Scherer Cinch pulley-like system doubles hipbelt tightening force. Three-layer hipbelt provides a cushioned platform and even weight distribution. Top-loading design also features a J-shaped zipper for easy access to gear.


The Kelty Tornado Backpack is a roomy 4900 cu in pack with lots of features to allow you to strap just about anything to it. Ice axe, crampons, skis - all strap on with ease.


The Kelty Tornado 4900 cu-in technical pack features an adjustable Storm suspension and includes a 3-liter Source hydration system for extended adventures. The narrow, slim profile of this backpack is designed to hug your body and allow for maximum range of movement for backpacking and longer trips. It's set-up with a 3-layer ISO wiastbelt, a sternumm strap, belt stabilizers, top and side loading access, and much more.

- FogDog Sports

Kelty Tornado 4900


The Tornado 4900 has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$99.99 - $190.00

The Kelty Tornado 4900 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen March 9, 2008 at Altrec Outdoors.

If you're looking for a new expedition pack (4,500+ cu in), check out the best reviewed current models.