While your Mom's vintage and fairly large external frame pack might hold some element of sentimental value, it does smell a whole lot like mouse urine after having been stored in the attic all these years. Lucky for you, the folks over at Kelty have revamped their trail-hardy and classically styled external frame Yukon 48 Backpack. Constructed with a smaller scaffolding system, the Yukon is ideal for teens and smaller-framed adults--consider it the happy medium between an adult's pack and child-sized knapsack, which is awfully convenient for those who prefer to escape the notorious hot-spots and major camp discomforts that an oversized pack often elicits. Specifically speaking, the Yukon is equipped with a lightweight aluminum frame that provides structure and stability and the adjustable suspension straps disperse the weight of your load with ease while the padded shoulder straps, dual-density foam waistbelt, and load lifter and belt stabilizer straps ensures an element of down-home comfort. Not to mention, the Yukon is endowed with a vast multiplicity of storage pockets ranging from its generous main compartment to a dual-use laptop or hydration sleeve--so however tempting it may be, we'd just recommend leaving "War and Peace" at home for a rainy day. The gear loops, ice-axe or trekking pole carry, as well as a sternum strap seals the deal on having a grand ole time.
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