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The Kelty Flyway Backpack encourages fast travel with its lightweight and efficient design so you can get the most out of your weekend, both on your way to Jackson Hole and during extended day hikes or quick overnighters in the Tetons once you're there. This backpack owes its versatile appeal to Kelty's Lightbeam fixed suspension system that includes an HDPE framesheet and an aluminum stay for direct load transfer and light support. Dynamic Airflow covers the back panel for maximum breathability, and AirMesh makes sure the tops of your shoulders and lower back stay dry during the hikes to the cabin. The waist belt tucks away when you don't need it, and Kelty's Scherer Cinch helps push the majority of your load's weight on your hips for your comfort.

The Flyway's hybrid access allows you to get into the main compartment through the top or the back panel. This pack also features a padded laptop sleeve, two zippered side pockets, one large front pocket with organization sleeves, two water bottle pockets, a daisy chain, and a separate storage for dirty clothes or shoes. The Flyway includes a travel pack cover that protects the shoulder straps when you take it with you on a weekend flight to see the folks. 

  • Lightbeam fixed suspension system
  • HDPE framesheet and aluminum stay
  • Dynamic AirFlow back panel
  • AirMesh shoulder straps and lumbar
  • Tuck-away waist belt with Scherer Cinch
  • Hybrid access
  • 420D polyester body, 450D polyester reinforcements
  • Padded laptop sleeve
  • One separate storage
  • Two zippered side pockets
  • One large front pocket with organization
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Daisy chain
  • Travel pack cover included
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This backpack is the best for travel I have ever used and I have used more than 30 backpacks.
It is very durable. Nothing has broken since its purchase in Nov 2014.
It is very well thought: the handle on the front is very convenient and when you use raincover as a cover to transform it into a suitcase for a plane is ideal for carrying around. Side straps go beneath the stretch pocket, it is very convenient, I don't understand why other brands don't do it.
It has laptop sleeve, side pockets fit a lot. All the pockets are ideal size.
There is also a bottom compartment like in backpacking packs which is easily accessible.
The backpack is light and the back panel is great, I have never had troubles carrying it.
The first trip I took it for was a week in Montenegro, no tents and hiking, but changing places every day and lots of exploring (Montenegro consists of mountains, not a flat country at all). The backpack performed great.
It is defenitly not a hiking pack, but for travelling it is ideal.
Old Redwing line lacks some of its features like rain cover, laptop sleeve, bottom compartment and new redwing line also is not as good as these pack.
It seems that Kelty doesn't sell flyway anymore, but if you see it somewhere don't hesitate to buy it. It is defenitly worth buying.

Unanswered Question

Will the side pockets hold a 1 quart nalgene...

Will the side pockets hold a 1 quart nalgene water bottle and still be able to zip up all the way?

will this pack fit in an airplane overhead...

will this pack fit in an airplane overhead compartment or under the seat?

Best Answer

Depending on how you have it packed, I would think that it would be too large for sitting underneath the seat, but that it would fit fine in an overhead compartment. The typical measurement you want to keep in mind for airline carry-on baggage travel is 45 linear inches, meaning the addition of the length, width, and height. In this instance, the linear inch measurement would be 49 linear inches, so I believe you should be able to squeeze by. However, every airline is different, so check that measurement before flying to see if you'll be in egregious violation; some of them have allowances as low as 40 linear inches!

Hope this helps.