Kelty Locus 40 backpack awarded 2008 Best of Adventure Gear

New for 2008 pack takes top honors in the ‘Desert’ category thanks to innovative new AeroFly™ suspension system
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BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – The recently launched Kelty Locus 40 backpack, part of an entirely new and innovative line of backcountry packs from Kelty, has been selected by the editors of National Geographic ADVENTURE for a 2008 ‘Best of Adventure Gear' award.

Capturing honors in the ‘Desert' category, the Locus 40's proprietary AeroFly suspension system is the key to it's superior ventilation, keeping backpackers comfortable even in the hottest desert environments.

“As in many of its competitors, the suspension in the 2,500-cubic-inch Kelty Locus 40 creates a space between your back and the pack, but it also vents on the top, bottom, and sides, even when fully loaded,” said Steve Casimiro, National Geographic ADVENTURE's gear expert and editor.

Available in a men's and women's model, the Locus 40 can be found side-by-side with the world's finest outdoor gear in the December-January issue of National Geographic ADVENTURE, available on newsstands now.

“Kelty is truly honored to have the Locus 40 selected for this award,” said Kenny Ballard, president of Kelty. “Our company has grown on a tradition of innovative design and quality workmanship, and we feel that this pack fully embraces these core principles.”

On Thursday, November 15th, Adventure magazine honored all award winners at the Adventurer of the Year Celebration, hosted at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC. The Locus 40 and all award-winners were on display throughout the event.

Additionally, the Locus 40 will join the National Geographic Adventure Travel Expo tour through March 2008. The Expos will stop in New York (Jan. 12-13), Chicago (Jan. 26-27), Los Angeles (Feb. 9-10) and Washington DC (March 29-30) and feature informational seminars, culinary demonstrations, adventure activity instruction, and more. For more information, please visit

KELTY is based in Boulder, Colorado, and uses the natural backdrop of the Rocky Mountains to test, create and continually innovate within their diverse outdoor product families of Light & Fast, Trail, Basecamp and Travel gear. Kelty combines the best in new technology with a healthy dose of common sense to create exceptionally made, affordably priced outdoor products. For more information on Kelty, please go to, or call 800.423.2320.