Kelty Wind Jammer
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
I like the simple vintage look combined with the versatility of the carrying options: backpack, messenger bag strap, side or top handles.
- Durable material and construction
- Good classic retro style
- Crumply shape if not full, especially holding by the handles
- Nylon is shiny; was hoping for a more matte canvas look a la vintage Kelty
I saw a backpack on mrporter.com made by kelty and beams plus, and I really wanted that one, but it was expensive and then it was sold out. I can't provide a link here but you can google it.
I found Wind Jammer on backcountry.com and it looked like a good alternative with a similar style so I just went with it.
It is a good medium size and not too bulky. The backpack straps are nice and comfortable, although I really like the old style retro strap attachment that kelty does with leather and a metal pin such as in the backpack I mentioned above. I wish they offered more packs with that strap type (the Kelty Cycle Hiker is another example). I don't really like the way the straps look where they connect to the pack, where the orange colored fabric inside the strap compartment draws attention to itself and the zipper, and the fabric flap over the zipper bunches over the straps. I would prefer a different detailing.
That is really my main complaint. Overall it's still a great pack, very functional and easy to use, as well as being compact and stylish.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Wind Jammer has been pulled from Kelty's classic 1980s line. Durable fabric and styling makes this pack a rugged commute bag. It can be worn as a backpack or a shoulder bag.
The Wind Jammer will quickly become your go-to commute bag with backpack or shoulder-bag versatility, rugged fabric and perfect-for-work rectangular styling.
- Rocky Mountain Trail
Pulled from Kelty's classic '80's line the Wind Jammer will quickly become your go-to commute bag with backpack or shoulder-bag versatility, rugged fabric and perfect-for-work rectangular styling.
Kelty's old school design of the Wind Jammer Convertible Daypack is simple- although anything but simple minded. Pulled from their classic '80's line, the Wind Jammer's sleek exterior and simpe style is perfect for work or commute with backpack or shoulder-bag versatility. This rugged pack can be worn as a shoulder bag by zipping away the backpack straps and attaching the included shoulder strap. It fits up to a 17" laptop and includes an internal organizer and pockets for keeping your essential gear handy. Panel loadingPadded shoulder strapsHide away shoulder straps Front pocketMap PocketInternal organizerLaptop Sleeve with External AccessFits 17" LaptopLeather lash tabsOver the shoulder strapTop handleVintage Kelty logoKey Fob Number of Pockets: Material: 1000D CORDURASize: L 19" x W 13" x D 5" Weight: 2 lb 2 oz Capacity: 1400 cu in.