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Kelty Lakota Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 64 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 10 reasons to buy the Lakota - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

92% of the reviewers give the Kelty Lakota a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (66%)
Good (26%)
Average (2%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (4%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Kelty Lakota:

Reviewers like these things about the Kelty Lakota

  • Reviewers agree that the Kelty Lakota features quality materials and a durable design that will help make it last longer.
  • Reviewers also noted its S-shaped shoulder straps that contour the body for a comfortable fit without chafing or rubbing.
  • Users thought that it has many pockets which are convenient for small items needed easy access to.
  • They also noted that it has many compression straps which are good for cinching up the pack.
  • Other reviewers pointed out that its straps are really nice and thick.
  • Users noted that the ventilation system along the spine is excellent in keeping some air between the back and the bag.
  • Reviewers indicated that the quality and durability of this bag is also great.
  • Users thought that the bag is very well-made and feels very solid.
  • They have also mentioned that the bag's suspension is very comfortable.
  • Testers have noted that it has lots of storage space and ample lumbar padding.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user thought that the compression straps could be annoying when it takes a long time to open and close the pack.
  • A reviewer said that the pack does not have an adjustable frame.


Crowdsourced specs across all Kelty Lakota models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight3.5 oz (1.6 kg)
Length iconLength29 in (74 cm)
Width17 in (43 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)

Popular Models

Kelty Lakota 65

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Weight iconWeight3.5 oz (1.6 kg)
Length iconLength29 in (74 cm)
Width17 in (43 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)


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The Kelty Lakota ranks #21 compared with the other Kelty bags.

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The Kelty Lakota ranks #1939 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Selected Reviews

Backpack Gear Test

Despite working very well, the Lakota is not perfect and has a few things I'd change. The flap separating the sleeping bag compartment from the upper portion of the main compartment is just a flap of fabric secured with a few hooks. If care isn't taken in packing the upper 2/3 of the pack, small items can easily slip down into the sleeping bag area.

Posted 25 August 2010 by David Wyman - Read full review

4 All Outdoors

It seems to be built with quality in mind and there is plenty of room for all my gear. I will have more on how it does on an adventure in about a month.

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Last updated on July 03, 2019