Kelty Yukon 48

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Weight 4 lb 13 oz / 2.2 kg
Capacity 2900 cu in / 48 L
Width 23 in / 58 cm
Length 22.5 in / 57 cm
Height 11 in / 28 cm
Suspension External
Torso Fit Range 13 - 19 in / 33 - 48 cm
Body Fabric 420D Polyester Ball Shadow
Reinforcement Fabric 420D Polyester Oxford



1. The pack is adjustable for comfort, putting the…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: external frame top load sack
Size: 2900 ci
Number of Pockets: 7 pockets
Max. Load Carried: have carried 50 lbs. but prefer 17 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5 ft 10in
Price Paid: $65

1. The pack is adjustable for comfort, putting the weight mostly on the belt and off the shoulders and back.
2. The convenience of the pockets is great.
3. The extra weight is offset by the overall comfort and back ventilation.
4. Water is easy to transport either in camel back pouch, side pockets, or top of pack.
5. For lite carriers, I've had no problem going less then 20 lbs. and hiking comfortably.

Update: September 20, 2009

I hiked the first 500 or so miles of the Appalachian Trail five years ago with this pack. I loved its comfort after a lady hiker showed me how to adjust the frame so that the weight was on the belt and not the shoulders (that occurred two days out of Damascus, Va.).

I loved the convenience of the pockets, the way that the sweat wasn't on the backpack but rather the back stays fairly cool and comfortable, the durability is excellent, the color is woodsy, the compatibility with water storage.

I've tried "lighter backpacks" and have found that the ultra factor is not comfortable or convenient. I'm sticking with the best - Kelty.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Kelty's Yukon 48 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Kelty Yukon 48 Pack is popular with scouts and young adults as they transition into a full sized pack. Expect the same great features from our full sized packs including ample pockets for keeping necessities in reach and great ventalation to keep cool.


The Kelty Yukon 48 external frame pack is perfect for scouts, young teens and adults with short torsos. It sports an adjustable suspension that grows with young hikers.


Kelty Yukon 48 External PackThe Kelty Yukon 48 External Pack is ideal for young and adventurous hikers. It offers zippered side pockets to accommodate all your essential belongings and features a top loading design, for easy and quick packing. The spindrift collar provides easy access to the bag's inner pockets, by simply by flipping it backwards. Thanks to its ice-axe loops, your axe can remain attached and out of your way until you need it. With the help of the lash tabs, a bike light can be attached to the pack for emergency use, in the low lighting conditions of the wild. Its removable dual density foam waist-belt helps keep the load stable on your back and avoids uncomfortable pains anywhere in your body, due to heavy loads. The Kelty Yukon 48 External Pack is the ideal choice for any outdoor adventure.

- SunnySports

When you can't quite fit into an adult pack, but a junior pack doesn't cut it for you either check out the Kelty Yukon Backpack. A favorite among scouts, this durable transitional pack has a large main compartment for your gear, plenty of pockets for your small essentials, and an easy to get to sleeping bag compartment so you don't have to dig for your bag after a long day on the trail.