Revol 65

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Pistol Caliber Compatibility -

Asher “Dick” Kelty is con­sid­ered by many to be the in­ven­tor of the alu­minum-framed backpack, among many other in­no­va­tions. The Revol 65 car­ries on Kelty’s legacy, of­fer­ing an er­gonomic pack that lets you lug around a poopload of life-sus­tain­ing cargo.

The alu­minum and HDPE plas­tic frame com­bined with Kelty’s bril­liant Per­fec­tFIT ad­justable sus­pen­sion sys­tem keep the cargo weight on your hips and shoul­ders in­stead of your lower back. Plus, the lum­bar sup­port is ad­justable and the Ki­ne­sis hip belt ac­tu­ally moves with your ev­ery step to in­crease sta­bil­ity. If that weren’t enough, there’s also a trap­door com­part­ment at the bot­tom where you can ac­cess a sleep­ing bag (or other gear) with­out un­load­ing the en­tire pack.

All this comes at a cost: weight.

It’s more than 4 pounds, the heav­i­est pack in this buyer’s guide. If you load up the Revol to its 65-liter ca­pac­ity, your three days’ worth of sup­plies can eas­ily weigh north of 50 pounds. On pa­per, ad­ding 4 pounds doesn’t seem like much, but af­ter a few hours they’ll feel like an ex­tra 40.

The Revol 65 is a top-loader with two quick-re­lease buck­les, mean­ing the main sec­tion is vir­tu­ally shielded from any driz­zle or snow. How­ever, in our shower test­ing, we were shocked to find that the bot­tom of the pack got damp. It ap­peared some mois­ture slipped into the trap­door com­part­ment through the stitch­ing. Still, it’s a tech­ni­cal trail pack that’s crazy com­fort­able and highly func­tional.

PROS:

Padded back pan­els, ad­justable sus­pen­sion sys­tem, and Ki­ne­sis hip belt

Trap-door com­part­ment

Three-day pack that doesn’t scream “bug-out bag!”

It’s packed (pun in­tended) with sub­tle smart fea­tures, in­clud­ing an ex­ter­nal hy­dra­tion sleeve, zip­pered pock­ets in the hip belt, dual grab han­dles, loops for trekking poles or ice axes, and a top stash pocket to keep phone and sun­glasses from get­ting crushed.

CONS:

At more than 4 pounds, it’s about a pound heav­ier than we’d like.

While the main sec­tion stayed dry, the trap­door com­part­ment got damp dur­ing our shower test.

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