REPOST: OWNER REVIEW Kelty Ion Hydration Pack by Jennifer Koles
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Owner Review - Kelty Ion Hydration Pack
October 24, 2005
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Manufacturers Website: www.kelty.com
Listed Weight: 1 lb 4 oz (0.6 kg)
Weight as Delivered: 1 lb 2 oz (0.51 kg) according to
MSRP: $45.00 US currency, hydration system included
This hydration backpack is for the hiking minimalist.
It has enough room for 2 L of fluids and cargo space
to transport the bare essentials.
The main compartment is panel loading and can be
accessed with a side zipper entry without removing the
pack. The outer mesh pocket is ideal to store most
often used items.
The pack is fully adjustable to keep the pack secure
and comfortable with padded shoulder straps, a sternum
strap, and a non-padded waist belt. The back panel is
padded and stated by the manufacturer to wick away
The hydration system has an anti-microbial treatment
to ensure taste free water. The tube swivels at the
port and contains a locking Bite-Me Valve.
Dimensions: 16 in x 8 in x 4.5 in
(41 cm x 20 cm x 11 cm)
Size: One Size
Cargo Capacity: N/A from manufacturer. I estimate
about 210 in^3 by pocket measurements (0.12 ft^3, 3441
Water Capacity: 2 L (68 fl oz) reported by
Colors Available: Desert/Black
Material: 420D Nylon Shadow Rip Stop
Front pouch pocket and outer mesh stash pocket.
TFO-Taste Free Hydration System with 90 degree locking
on/off bite valve.
Side zipper access to hydration system.
Reflective accents and blinker light loop.
Padded back panel.
Webbing waist belt.
Wicking back panel.
Padded shoulder straps.
Sternum strap whistle.
Lifetime warranty on pack.
One-year warranty on hydration system.
I have used this hydration pack on short day hikes at
elevations ranging from approximately 5500 ft to
10,000 ft (1700 m-3000 m). I was looking for a pack
that can carry the essentials for a short day hike and
for mountain biking. It was on sale for over 50% off
so I decided to give it a try.
It is appealing to look at. I purchased the
garnet/black color combination. I am not a fan of the
color red, but this is a tolerable deep red.
After adjusting the pack it appeared to fit well with
no initial discomforts noted. The sternum strap, waist
belt, and straps to adjust the shoulder straps
adjusted easily to conform to my body type.
It was time to fill the reservoir with water. I was
unable to fill it with more than 62 oz of water before
the water began to spill out. The cap on the reservoir
is attached by a plastic piece located on the inside
of the opening. I found this to get in the way of my
filling it. My other hydration systems have the cap
attached to the outside of the opening. In the booklet
I received with the product it is noted that there is
an easy fill handle on the opening. This does not have
the easy fill handle. I believe that this feature is
included with the larger packs.
The water tasted good and I was able to open and close
the cap with my gloves on as noted by the
manufacturer. The hydration system fits into a side
pocket. I found it time consuming to place it into the
pack by using the side pocket, especially when full.
The hydration system did not show any signs of
This pack has a small cargo capacity with the
expectation that the user is going to only carry the
essentials. For my first hike with this pack I was
able to fit my digital camera, a lightweight jacket,
gloves, and a hat into the main compartment. In the
mesh pocket I was able to fit my small headlamp, keys,
lip balm, and an energy bar. Everything I needed to
carry that day fit into the pack with no difficulty.
On the trail the pack fitted well. No discomfort noted
on my shoulders or my waist. It was easy to make
proper adjustments while on the trail. The hydration
system was easy to use. Just turn the locking on/off
switch, bite the valve, and take a sip. The tubing has
a permanent kink in it and I found it to be larger in
diameter and less flexible than other systems I have
The manufacturer notes a wicking back panel. I have
used this pack in various temperatures approximately
90 F (32 C) to 40 F (4 C) and I still get a wet spot
on my back from sweating.
This pack was purchased this year and used over a
period of approximately 5 months. I estimate that I
used this pack approximately 40 times. It has survived
my outdoor experiences well. There are no signs of
abrasions on the fabric, signs of fabric wear, and the
zippers are still functioning at this point. The
hydration system still has the kink in the tubing that
has not worsened. An adequate amount of water is still
able to travel through the tubing.
It is great for short day hikes when I just want to
carry water and a few essentials. I like this pack
because at times I do not want to carry a larger pack
and this suits my needs for short day hikes and riding
my bike. I do not particularly like the hydration
system, it is cumbersome for me to fill and my tube is
kinked. I do like to taste of the water. I am
currently deciding if I should replace the hydration
system with one from another pack.
Things I like:
Cargo capacity for my needs
Ease of use
The size of the hydration system
The water tastes good
Things I do not like:
Hydration system reservoir opening
The way the hydration system cap is attached to the
Hydration system tubing
Name: Jennifer Koles
Height: 5 5 (1.65 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Email address: jennksnowy@...
City, State, and Country: Salt Lake City, Utah, United
I started taking overnight backpacking trips this past
summer in the Uinta Mountain Range in Utah. I found
myself taking entirely too much gear. I am finding out
slowly how to minimize my needs and not require extra
luxuries. My previous outdoor experiences consisted of
4 wheel-drive camping in primitive areas and day
hiking. I have some backpacking gear I purchased over
the past few years. I enjoyed my backpacking
experience this summer. I plan to take more trips,
increase my duration, and reduce my pack weight from
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