Kelty Revol 50 backpack for men is a brand new model, just appeared on the market. It offers an adjustable torso length through Kelty’s well-known PerfectFIT system, and a new Kinesis hip belt concept.
I stress that this is a pack for men because they have launched a parallel series for women as well, under the name Reva.
- Very nice and comfortable suspension system.
- Kinesis hip belt system.
- Lumbar adjustment.
- Modern design and a unique bottom compartment opening.
- External hydration sleeve.
Best place to buy
At the moment of writing this text, the Revol 50 pack is available only on Amazon. I could not find it even on Kelty’s site.
Revol 50 – description
If you know other Kelty’s models in this size range, you might find the Revol 50 pack a bit unusual. This pack is rather streamlined, and you do not have side zippered pockets so typical for this brand. Its 3050 cubic inches of the volume are reasonably well balanced with its 4 lb 2 oz (1.87 kg) of weight.
When I first saw the pack, I was a bit puzzled with its streamlined design. Knowing Kelty packs, I knew there must be something extra here as well. So indeed there is, keep reading.
The pack is a top-loading type, with the access under a lid and through a collar with a draw cord. This makes it different from Kelty’s Redwing 50, Redwing 44, and Redwing 40. One zippered pocket is on the lid. On the front, you have a larger zippered pocket with organization features inside, and behind it there is a big shove-it pocket which is secured with two compression straps that run diagonally up to the sides of the pack, see the pictures.
On the bottom front section, you see the zippered entrance to the bottom compartment. Here again one small unique feature; typically the zippers are inverted U-shape, but in this pack, this is a U-shape entrance. This is unusual but my feeling is that it is easier to open such a zipper than what I have in my other packs.
The suspension system is based on a lightweight aluminum peripheral frame and an HDPE frame sheet. The hip belt is with what they call the Kinesis system, a parallel pivot design in which the pack follows your body movements.
This pack also comes with Kelty’s PerfectFIT suspension system. Those who are not familiar with it should know that this system is unique for Kelty. It allows for an accurate on-body torso adjustment, without taking the pack off. This all is done on the go, and this allows for a really customized fit because it is done with its full weight and with the pack on your back. All you have to do is to pull the two yellow straps shown in the picture below.
The back panel and waist belt are nicely padded and covered with a breathable and pleasant mesh. This is combined with ventilation channels so ventilation is quite good. The padding in the lumbar zone is really massive, see the picture.
The pack has grab handles on both sides, one is shown in the picture below, and you also have trekking pole loops on the bottom. The usual stretch mesh pockets are on the sides, and dual zippered pockets are on the hip belt. Another nice feature is an external department for a water bladder (not included).
The pack offers lumbar adjustment. There are two pull loops (visible in the picture above) on the back to find the best position for your body shape. This can be done with the pack on your back.
Kinesis hip belt
Contrary to various pivoting (or moving in general) hip belt system available in some advanced packs, in this case, you have a sort of a parallel moving system.
The meaning of this is that the two sides of the hip belt operate individually. Roughly speaking, when one side goes up, the other side goes down. In such a way the hip belt adjusts to your body movement in an optimal way.
Although there are several different designs of pivoting systems in other brands, I do not remember seeing anything similar in other packs.
So as you see, Kelty does not stop surprising us with innovations and unique features in their packs.
You might want to see this short video about the Kinesis hip belt and PerfectFit suspension systems:
I am a bit surprised with the compression straps design. The upper straps (one on each side) looks too high for me. If you carry tent poles or any similar object in the side stretch pocket, the upper strap is too high and you will not be able to fix the item with the strap.
It appears that their main purpose is to secure and fix the front zippered pocket and to let you keep things in the front shove-it pocket behind it.
On the other hand, the lower compression straps (again one one each side) are far too low. They cannot secure anything in the side pockets. They look more like bottom compression straps, and clearly, this was the idea behind their design. But, here again, the straps are too far from each other, and they are practically on the sides of the pack. I am not impressed, to say the least.
There are 4 attachment loops on the bottom, useful to have for various purposes.
Please see this short video by Kelty, about the Revol 65 and Revol 50 packs:
Pros & cons
My list looks as follows:
Specifications & summary of features
- Weight: 4 lb 2 oz (1.87 kg).
- Carry weight: 50 lb (23 kg).
- Volume: 3050 cub in (50 L).
- Purpose: backpacking.
- Dimensions (L x W x D): 30 x 12 x 9 in (76 x 30 x 23 cm).
- Adjustable torso fit: 15.5 – 21 in (39 to 53 cm).
- Top loading.
- PerfectFIT suspension and Kinesis hip belt.
- Frame: aluminum + HDPE.
– Poly 200D 3 Line Honeycomb Ripstop body fabric.
– Poly 420D Small Back Stafford secondary fabric.
- Hydration compatible – external hydration sleeve.
- Dual pick-up handles.
- Sleeping bag compartment.
- Sternum strap adjustable.
- Side stretch mesh water bottle pockets.
- Top zippered pocket.
- Front pocket with organization.
- Front shove-it pouch with a zippered pocket.
- Dual hip belt pockets.
- Dual side compression straps.
- Ice axe and trekking poles loops.
- Limited lifetime warranty.
Comparison with competitors
See how Kelty Revol 50 pack stands in comparison with some other top models:
Aura 50 AG
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Kelty Revol 50 pack lacks some features which I love to have, like size zippered pockets, but this is the part of its design. It also comes without a rain cover, hence my rating. It is fair to say that the other two packs in the table are the absolute top in the industry, therefore my rating of the Revol 50 pack is not so bad at all.
Regarding the price, at the moment of writing this text, for these three models, you have to pay $220, 230, 200, respectively.
To conclude this preliminary review of the Kelty Revol 50 backpack for men, I am sure this is a reliable tool, as usual for Kelty. The kinesis hip belt system used here is something totally unique and you will not find it in any other series on the market. So as you see, behind this somewhat simplistic and minimalist design, you have something special.
If you want something much lighter from the same brand, there is yet another completely new series launched by Kelty, so please check this Siro 50 pack which is only with 1.4 kg of weight and with a completely different design and suspension.