Kelty 1800 Peregrine Backpack

Kelty Products (in the business since 1952!) have a good reputation throughout many communities, e.g. backpacking, hiking, sports, military, law enforcement etc., so i decided to pick up a Kelty 1800 Peregrine backpack, because of its bargain price (officially they are selling for US $90.00 but on Egay they are available for around US $40.00) and cool looks.

Kelty 1800 Peregrine Backpack Data:

Kelty Tactical Products are most famous for its 3500 MAP backpack that can be seen in use by US Soldiers in A`Stan for years. I thought about getting this one, but i wanted to buy something smaller, a nice daypack for carrying a laptop, a rainjacket and other smaller gear for fighting my everyday megacity struggle. On the other hand, i already own so much backpacks that this one is absolutely unnecessary, but it`s a new year and as a Geardo i need something fresh for the new gear-season! 😉

It`s 2012 and everybody is talking about the end of the world. If so, should i really life my last year with an old backpack? 😎

First i thought about which color to take. It`s not an easy task if you have to judge colors by pictures on the internet only (you`ll see below!).
Coyote looked quiet nice but i had 3 coyote packs already.
Black is a classic but without any PALS, it`s too conventionally looking for me.
Tan was the third option which was rather interesting, because not many companies are into Tan colors any more. After some research i decided Tan to be too light (perhaps), so i sticked to the good old coyote version (a bit boring, but a sure shot).

Don`t get confused by the colors – it`s 100% COYOTE! 🙂
Lighting conditons are very annoying due to bad weather conditions today!

The pack is brand new and i used it for a few days only, but i really like it so far.
Overall carrying capacity is good and i underestimated it in the first place.
The straps are fine and everything can be adjusted easily.

The waist strap (non removable) is more like a “in an emergency case strap”, resulting from its undersized dimensions:

Opening on top back for bladder tubes etc.:

Bottom:

Side-Mesh-Pockets (here with 1L Nalgene Bottle):

Let`s take a look at the different compartments.
The first one is the most outer one that can easily hold an handgun like a P226 plus two M4 magazines without being crammed.
The green line pictures the overall dimensions of the compartment:

The next one can be zippered open nicely! There is a regular admin layout feat. many small pouches and a lanyard like you`ll see in the photograph:

There is also a hand-sized compartment made out of fleecy material – perfect for goggles, cameras and other important stuff:

Main storage compartment with typical hydration bladder space:

The curved bar which goes around down to the bottom (visible above the tube opening) is giving the backpack overall stability and form. Not a good substitute for a frame sheet insert but better then nothing.

At the end i`d like to say that i really enjoy this pack so far and recommend this little punk to everybody looking for a new and affordable backpack! With the street price of around US$ 40.00 you can`t make a mistake and don`t forget it is lightweight, versatile and not a fuckin ugly mainstream-ish Eastpak! 🙂

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~ by geardoshit on January 14, 2012.

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