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Kelty (owned by American Recreation Products) is a manufacturer of backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags. They are currently based in Boulder, Colorado and were started by Asher "Dick" Kelty (Sep. 13, 1919 - Jan. 12, 2004), who was one of the first gear designers to produce and market an external-frame backpack designed specifically for civilian use rather than military.[1]

Kelty products are widely sold by large outdoor outfitters such as Eastern Mountain Sports and REI, and Kelty is one of a few companies that still specializes in external-frame backpacks for outdoors use.


Today, Kelty is distributed primarily through these channels:

  • Outdoor specialty stores like REI and Cabelas
  • Online retailers like


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