Kelty Impact 30 Daypack

First Impressions

With the Impact 30, Kelty delivers one of the most innovative daypacks we’ve seen in a long time. It’s based on the company’s Agile Suspension System which was introduced earlier this year. Whereas many companies have gone to a plastic insert for stability, Kelty built the Agile System around an hourglass shaped aluminum stay that bows away from the body and provides for substantial airflow. When others were drenched with sweat during afternoon hikes, we were perfectly cool and dry with the Impact 30. And there’s more to the product than just a great suspension.


The Kelty Impact 30’s main compartment swallows plenty of gear. On a recent hike, we filled it with lunch for four people, extra clothing, first aid kit and other emergency gear, and much more. The Impact 30 took it all and still had room for more.

Carrying Capacity: 30 L (1830 cu in)
Weight: 3 lbs, 1 oz
Construction: Nylon with ballistic nylon reinforcements
Frame: Internal aluminum
Dimensions: 21 x 11 x 10.5 in

Inside the pack has a hydration sleeve for a three liter (100 fl. oz.) bladder. The port for the hose is in the center of the pack top. Two small organizer pockets are located on either side, and a zippered mesh pocket is placed on the front panel. Below the main compartment is a separate zippered area for a sleeping bag. I was unable to squeeze a three-season bag into this compartment, but a lightweight summer bag should fit.

On the exterior, Kelty placed two stretch pockets for water bottles or other items, and a zippered pocket for maps and other flat gear. There are multiple lash points and haul handles, plus two hip pockets on the belt. Kelty also includes a integrated rain cover. Nice touch.


Customizing the fit of the Kelty Impact was easy. The ventilated shoulder straps tighten from the bottom and load lifters further adjust weight distribution. A sternum strap keeps everything from drooping off the shoulders. The waist belt is nicely padded and comfortable with extra cushioning at the lumbar. With all of this in place, even when running the Impact 30 felt solid and locked in.

Final Verdict

With the Agile Suspension System, Kelty delivers one helluva daypack. It’s comfortable, stable and able to carry a surprisingly large amount of gear. Everything about the pack is well thought out, from the ventilation system to the built in rain cover. If you’re looking for a rock solid daypack to get you through a season or more or hiking, definitely give the Kelty Impact a look. Recommended.

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Thanks for reading another outdoor gear review from GearGuide. And thanks to Kelty for providing product for this review. Written by Matt K.