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.


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.


Free Shipping. Kelty Yukon Pack FEATURES of the Kelty Yukon Pack Sleeping bag compartment Hydration compatible Ice-axe loop Zippered side pockets Padded waist belt Padded shoulder straps Sternum strap Ventilating back panel SPECIFICATIONS of the Kelty Yukon Pack Body Fabric: 420D Polyester Ball Shadow Reinforcement Fabric: 420D Polyester Oxford Suspension: External SPECIFICATIONS for S/M Torso Fit Range: 13 - 19in. / 33 - 48 cm Volume: 2900 cubic inches / 48 liter Weight: 4 lbs 13 oz / 2.2 kg Dimension: 22.5 x 23 x 11in. / 57 x 58 x 28 cm SPECIFICATIONS for M/L Torso Fit Range: 16 - 21in. / 41 - 53 cm Volume: 3000 cubic inches / 49 liter Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz / 2.2 kg Dimension: 25.5 x 24 x 11in. / 65 x 61 x 28 cm

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