Kelty Flyway backpack review

I tend to travel a lot and when this happens, I notice that most of the time my backpack ends up worse for wear, and then I am out of money. I fly a lot as well, so when I am looking for a backpack, I want something that I can use as a carry on. I had never been so glad to find a backpack that is literally an all-in-one. Although it may be standard size, it works perfect because I store dirty clothes and shoes in one compartment, and there’s a place where you can put your straps when your bag is being checked. It fits everything you need for a good weekend away and there is even a padded sleeve for your laptop which makes it easy to remove during security checks. I use this pack for everyday and travel.

When it comes to traveling, I am normally running late and scrambling to make my flight. The top zippered pocket is great for any travel documents, your plane tickets, and since there is a sleeve for your laptop, security checks are a breeze. There is even a passport pocket which as a velcro strap, I find it to be a great feature as well as the center handle having a velcro strap.

The whole frame is basically padded, so it is very comfortable to wear and it is easily balanced to carry while your in the airport. If you happen to be going to a tropical paradise, then the whole backpack is vented. Since it is only 22 inches long, it is a perfect carry on bag, but if you plan to check it , there is an attached rain fly that can be placed on upside down to cover your straps. The rain cover is great if you are going to a country during rainy season, because there is a rain cover that will keep the bag dry, and it fits over it in just seconds. The wet pocket that is at the bottom of the bag was a great added feature, especially if you plan to swim while your hiking, because it doesn’t leak. The main compartment has a mesh pocket for your needed items, the outside zippered pockets are great for random objects, and the mesh pockets for water bottles is a perfect feature. Let’s talk about the Pro’s and Con’s.


  • Comes in three colors ( blue, tan, and black)
  • Plenty of pockets
  • Built-in rain fly
  • Easy for air travel
  • Wet pocket that doesn’t leak
  • Straps are super comfortable
  • Not bulky at all


  • It can be a bit heavy when empty

The Kelty Flyway backpack is amazing and I would recommend it to just about anyone who travels as much as I do. It is easy to pack, and it is comfortable if you have to wear it for long periods of time. Even when you aren’t traveling, this backpack is great for everyday use.