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Kelty Oriole Lumbar Pack - 2012 Closeout

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Take a load off and enjoy hands-free hiking with the Kelty Oriole lumbar pack. Worn at the hips or across the shoulder, you won't have a problem keeping pace while carrying your trail essentials.

  • Main compartment holds lunch or a jacket
  • 2 external mesh pockets securely hold water bottles (not included) and provide easy access when you're on the go
  • Front pocket holds a hat and energy bars; fleece-lined accessory pocket carries sunglasses
  • Internal zippered pocket stashes small essentials such as keys, sunblock or lip balm
  • Delrin rod frame supports heavy loads and keeps the pack from sagging
  • Compression straps tighten down load, adding stability to waistpack
  • Removable, adjustable and padded shoulder strap converts lumbar pack into a commuter bag; both the shoulder strap and hipbelt tuck away when not in use
  • Daisy chain allows additional gear to be strapped on to exterior
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Kelty Oriole Lumbar Pack - 2012 Closeout Specs
Best use
6 liter
350 cubic inches
15 ounces
0.4 kilogram
30 - 44 inches
5 + main compartment
10 x 8 x 4.5 inches
Gear capacity (L)
Gear capacity (cu. in.)
Weight - metric
Fits waist/hips
Number of exterior pockets
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Kelty Oriole Lumbar Pack - 2012 Closeout

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Kelty Oriole Lumbar Pack - 2012 Closeoutis rated3.5out of5by2.
Rated4out of5byfromUpdate of my prior reviewThe water bottle pockets are still too tight, but after leaving a couple of Nalgene bottles in the pockets for a month, they seemed to loosen up a bit. It is still an effort to get the bottles back in the pockets after removing them for a drink, or to refill, but it can be done without removing the pack. The compression straps also need to be loose, so if you don't have much in the pack, and are using Nalgene sized bottles, the function of the compression straps is lost. The 32 oz bottles ride well in the pack, once you cram them into the pockets. The 48 oz bottles, not so much. They are a little top heavy. Overall the Kelty Oriole seems like a quality product, it just didn't quite meet my specific need. I would recommend the pack with the caveat noted above.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated3out of5byfromNot for Nalgene BottlesMy main reason for purchasing the Oriole was to carry my water filter and a couple of Nalgene bottles. Unfortunately, although well made, the pockets for water bottles are too small to fit Nalgene bottles, unless you really work them to get them in. This negates pulling them out for a drink unless you remove the pack and reverse the process. Would probably work for bicycle type water bottles, but that isn't why I purchased it. Note: Nalgene bottles screw onto my MSR water filter, so bicycle (or other smaller bottles) would not be convenient for me.
Date published: 2013-06-20

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