Reviewers Paid: $36.00
Still have the Kelty, and use it occasionally.
Bought the Kelty Mountaineer back in 1960. Back then you bought directly from Kelty by mail order. I do not believe they were sold through any stores back then.
There were only two models, and the cost as I recall was $36. It was the unquestionably best pack at the time, and everyone who was a serious backpacker had one. I still have it, and occasionally for short trips, it comes out. I suspect it has over 1,000 miles on it now.
I have only seen one other in the past couple years, a visitor at the Boy Scout camp that I was director of about 15 years ago who showed up with one exactly like mine... Antique?
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $36