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Kelty Ardent backpack, Castle Rock colorway, 3/4 view
With everything you need to wander in style, the Ardent leaves nothing to the imagination. Air mesh/EVA shoulder straps and back panel are in place to keep you cool when the going gets hot. A large u-zip main opening and a 30 L volume ensure no essentials are left at home. Padded, externally-accessible laptop and tablet sleeves keep you up with the times regardless of where you are in the world while sleek, contemporary design will keep you popular at parties.


  • Air mesh/EVA shoulder straps & back panel
  • Padded, external access, laptop sleeve
  • Padded, external zip access, tablet sleeve
  • Large, u-zip main opening
  • Large pocket with internal organization
  • Side water bottle pockets


  • Volume: 1831 in3 / 30 L
  • Weight:  1 lbs 15 oz / .89 kg
  • Torso Fit: One Size
  • Dimensions: 18.5 x 13 x 9 in / 47 x 33 x 23 cm

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Gender: Unisex
Volume: 20L - 39L
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  1. Getting a Second one!

    A very practical backpack for traveling and day to day functions. Very sturdy with the number of heavy books, laptop and iPad Plus, in addition to chords and smaller items. The side pockets are high enough for my tall water bottle, so it doesn’t easily fall out when I am holding the backpack at an angle. The top handle helps with pulling the backpack down from the overhead bin on the plane. And the outside laptop pocket is very useful with enough padding to protect the equipment.

    Did get a small hole on the front side due to sliding against a brick wall. Easily covered it up with a sticker.

    Now that my oldest son is starting high school and brings a laptop to school, we are purchasing another Kelty backpack. It seems sturdy enough to last throughout his high school years as well as help him with organization..we hope..:)
    on Aug 23rd 2018

  2. Great every day back pack

    I got this because i needed something to take my laptop and some other supplies with me too and from work. It fit the bill really nicely. I carry a full 17" laptop with 10key on it in the laptop sleeve. the backpack is a little odd shaped, but i still get everything I need in it. The "tablet sleeve is fleece lines and perfect for EDC weapon if you choose to do that. This backpack works nicely for EDC and school supplies or work supplies and doesn't look tactical at all. I don't think that was its intent, which is why i like it. All in all great little back pack. on May 8th 2018

  3. Great Bag

    I've had this bag for about five months, and so far it's been great. I've used it for multiple flights as well as carrying things around on the day-to-day. The bag is sturdy, the pouches are placed well so the interior doesn't get clogged by pouches with external access that are housed in the main compartment (a huge pet peeve of mine), and it's the perfect size for overhead storage on planes.

    The only trouble I've had was when someone put a wet boot bag into the same compartment as my pack—it's not 100% waterproof, so some of my clothes got wet. Other minor gripes include that there's nothing to clip waterbottles to on the external pockets, so there's not that extra security of being able to clip a carabiner between your bottle and pack, and the front tablet pouch is a little too small for my Chromebook. I use the front pouch to hold charging cables/headphones instead, and that works nicely.
    on Apr 29th 2018

  4. So Far So Good..

    Had it for a couple of weeks now and it's been super helpful with my trips to work and the gym. A lot of different compartments and I love the laptop insert. Unlike any other backpack I've had before. on Apr 25th 2018

  5. Ardent indeed

    I have been using Ardent backpack for about 3 months. I use it both as my casual backpack (for my everyday commute to work) and as my travel backpack (for short trips). And the more I use it, the more I love it.
    The bag is really sturdy. It has an accurate and nice look. The bag's material has a pleasant soft feel and an interesting texture. Castle Rock color absolutely rocks! The bag also sits very comfortably on my back. It has good volume capacity (for example, on a usual day, I can fit in: my yoga clothes, a face towel, a mat towel or a thin foldable yoga mat, a cosmetic bag, a medicine/supplements bag, up to 5 200ml food containers plus a couple of fruit/vegetables, a tablet, a bag with adaptors and a power bank; and still, there will be room left). The bag's sleeves and pockets organization works very well for me, and I also like using Kelty stash pockets to organize some of my things inside the main compartment.
    Overall, I am impressed. Good job, Kelty!
    on Jan 19th 2018

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