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Whether you're spending the weekend traversing rocky trails, ascending icy falls, or taking laps through backcountry snow fields, carry the necessary equipment in the Arc'teryx Kea 45 Backpack. This top-loading, heavy-duty pack comes in three sizes so that you can get the right fit to comfortably carry all the gear you need for an overnight adventure in the wild.

  • HDFB (high-density foam back) suspension ensures a precision fit and comfortable carry
  • Twin aluminum M-bar stays provide support and structure with minimal weight penalty
  • Ergonomic thermoformed hip-belt and dual density shoulder straps ensure comfort over long distances
  • Top-loading design with a grab handle allows for organized packing and easy unloading
  • Extendable collar with a drawcord increases pack volume by nearly 200 cubic inches for big loads
  • High denier Cordura fabrics with a silicone coating provide exceptional durability and weather resistance
  • Padded bottom increases durability and maintains pack shape
  • Hydration compatible with a Hydroport and Hydro tube clip for convenient thirst quenching (reservoir not included)
  • Dual zippered pockets in the top lid provide quick access to small essentials
  • Front kangaroo pocket with top compression strap includes internal stealth pocket to secure small, important items
  • Side compression straps allow you to securely carry skis in an A-frame configuration
  • Dual P'ax attachments secure ice tools when not in use
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    I think we can all agree that Arc'teryx provides much more than basic necessity. I was drawn to this pack purely on aesthetics and pulled the trigger without reading much about it. I originally purchased this for a 2 week backpacking trip in Europe and boy, was I happy when I packed it up the first time. I used to guide wilderness trips for 8-16 days at a time and I had an ENORMOUS pack that never sat quite right. I've always thought backpacking must include some level of misery. After wearing this, fully loaded, day after day I couldn't believe how well the weight was distributed. My pack felt so light! The hip belt doesn't appear to be very padded but it is super comfortable (it's not bulky, it's really sleek). A few weeks after returning from Europe I went on a backpacking trip in The Tetons and fell in love with this pack all over again! The pack looks put together, the weight doesn't shift around while you're hiking and it's so streamlined. In fact, the only thing I DON'T like about it is that it's pretty difficult to get a Nalgene or large water bottle in and out of the water bottle side pockets because everything is so tight and neat. There's a front kangaroo pocket, an expandable portion in the main compartment and lots of storage in the lid. It almost seems like a 60 liter pack, but I have the 45. (I had to check a few times..) I put my sleeping bag, a bear canister, a tent, food for 3 days, a pair of shoes, a puffy coat, crampons. .. and I still had room! I carried my ice axe real awkwardly in the kangaroo pouch for trip in The Tetons, afterward my boyfriend pointed out there's actually a sleeve and some webbing straps on the outside of the pack for an ice axe. Of course! I knew they had to have a solution for it, and after I tried that I was like, yeah, this pack is perfect. Arc'teryx is THE mountaineering brand, in my eyes. I'm super impressed with the KEA.

    Kea 45

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is a great pack to escape the hustle bustle of city dwelling and get out on the trail. Solid construction. I like that it will store ice tools in a dedicated sleeve that is reinforced with a tough material to prevent abrasion. The expandable lid is an added bonus for storing extra gear. Definitely looking forward to putting this pack through the ringer.

    Kea 45 Is An Outstanding Pack!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Kea 45 (formerly Kata 45...or is it the other way around, can't remember, but they are supposedly the same pack) outstanding gear. I put this pack through the wringer. I just returned from hiking the pilgrimage of the 800 kilometers and more of the Camino de Santiago across the mountains and meseta of norther Spain. I trekked from April to June of 2013. Through, snow, sleat, hail, rain, wind, cold, heat, and throwdowns from frustration, this pack took it and is ready for India and China next. I love this pack. Yet, let me share this important piece of information. I am more of the type that likes all my gear inside the pack all out of the way in case a run, tussle, or a climb comes up. I don't like stuff in the way. I could hang my socks on the outside here or there to dry after washing and that was about it. If you like dangling, storing, carrying, and displaying all your household goods, souvenirs, and family trinkets on your pack, this might not be the one for you. This is a go-getter pack. The only better would be the Arrakis 40, and I intentionally did not buy that one because the first time I might have set that down it would be gone, or, travelling through some hovel it might even cost me my life for the worth it would bring in stealing. So, Kea 45 it was. Evenso, I am more than happy with this choice. True love