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Reviewers Paid: $300.00
Reviewers Paid: $68.00
I am 52 years old. When I started backpacking all we had were external frame packs. Several years ago I bought this "Kelty Radial Light" on ebay to upgrade what I had. The difference was amazing.
Very comfortable...conforms to your body like no other external frame pack I have ever used. I have friends with Kelty Redcloud or Kelty Agile backpacks that would rather carry this one.
If you can find one buy it. It has plenty of room and is very adjustable. I have used it on weekend hikes and a week long backpacking trip to The Land Between The Lakes. WON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT...
Design: external frame
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 48 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'11"
Price Paid: $68
What I have is the Kelty Radial Light backback. I think they changed the name to "Cimmaron" for a short time. This was and is a radical external frame design. Most people on the trail think it's an internal frame. The frame has a curved radius from left to right that naturally conforms to the body. It really is a hybrid between internal and external frame designs. Shoulder strap and hip belt adjustments are infinite.
I've had this pack for nearly 8 years now and still I love it. Even on week long journies there is plenty of room inside. If you are looking for a great external frame pack, find one of these. I'm not sure if Kelty still makes these or not. I got this one for x-mas but I think the retail at the time was close to $300 dollars. Even loaded for bear, this pack is extremely comfortable and agile for an external frame. Expect it to last forever.
Design: External Frame
Size: ???? Humongous
Number of Pockets: 2 main, 2small
Max. Load Carried: 60lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: ~$300