The smallest member of Kelty’s versatile Catalyst family of packs with innovative PerfectFIT suspension, the Catalyst 50 boasts a solid feature set that maximizes comfort and convenience for weekend backpacking trips.
The main advantage of the Catalyst 50 over other similar capacity packs is its PerfectFIT suspension system for accurate on-body size adjustment that allows you to customize your fit in seconds. With PerfectFIT, gone are the days of taking measurements and trying on various pack sizes in a gear shop to determine the best fit for your particular body (or ordering a pack online that may or may not fit once you’ve received it). In just three steps, you can easily find your fit in the Catalyst 50: just loosen all the straps before putting the pack on; next, tighten the waist belt and shoulder straps once you’re wearing the pack; lastly, locate the FIT straps near your lower back and pull downward until you achieve optimal comfort. The Catalyst 50 with PerfectFIT will accommodate backpackers with torso lengths between 15.5 and 21 inches.
Also featured in the suspension of the Catalyst 50 are dual hollow aluminum stays and an HDPE framesheet. The waistbelt is HDPE reinforced and offers two layers of padding, as do the shoulder straps. Load lifter straps relieve stress on your shoulders and an adjustable sternum strap positions the shoulder straps across the chest to prevent chafing under the arms and on the shoulders. Side compression straps secure the contents of the Catalyst 50 for optimal balance and load distribution. An integrated spindrift collar and a floating top lid allow you to carry even more gear and further aid in securing the Catalyst 50's contents.
The top-loading Catalyst 50 features stretch mesh belt pockets and water bottle pockets, a front storage pocket, ice axe/trekking pole loops and a key fob. A lined interior pocket and built-in tube exit make the Catalyst 50 hydration compatible, as well.
Thanks to its PerfectFIT suspension, the Kelty Catalyst 50 is one size fits all; it is available in your choice of several color options.
- Top loading
- Top lid
- Main packbag access zipper
- Stretch mesh belt pockets
- Stretch mesh waterbottle pockets
- Ice axe / trekking pole loops
- Key fob
- Hydration compatible
- Spindrift collar
- Carry handle
- Front pocket
- PerfectFIT™ adjustable suspension
- Dual hollow aluminum stays
- HDPE framesheet
- HDPE reinforced waistbelt
- Lumbar support
- Two layer padded waistbelt and shoulder straps
- Load lifter straps
- Belt stabilizer straps
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking, Travel Access Top Loading Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume 3051 cu in Type Internal Frame Backpack Torso Adjustment Yes Sternum Strap Yes: Adjustable Maximum Weight 45 lbs Material 420D Polyester Ball Shadow
450D Polyester Oxford
Item Weight 4 lbs 2 oz Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Dual Hollow Aluminum Stays Fits Torso 15.5"-21" Dimensions 32" x 13" x 13" Detachable Daypack Yes
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