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Kelty MAP 3500 Sale

Our friends at Shellback Tactical are having a sale on the Kelty MAP 3500 (manufacturer link) pack that you guys might want to get in on.

Kelty MAP 3500, via Kelty

Kelty MAP 3500, via Kelty

I own a Kelty MAP 3500, and it’s a really nice pack. I would classify the MAP 3500 as a bit bigger than a day pack at 38L (2300 cu. in.), sometimes called a “three day assault pack” by manufacturers (MAP stands for multi-day assault pack if I remember correctly).

I’ve never spent three days assaulting anything, so I can’t speak to that application, but what I can tell you is that if you pack the MAP 3500 carefully, most people can easily use this size of pack for an overnight trip, and for some of you lightweight backpackers, this size would be plenty for a weekend trip. I use mine primarily as a hunting pack.

If you’re looking for a pack this size, check out the MAP 3500 sale over at Shellback Tactical – it’s a really well made pack that has worked well for me for the past couple years. At the time of writing it was on sale for $90, which is the best price I’ve seen to date on the MAP 3500.


  • Weight: 3 lb. 6 oz. / 1.5 kg
  • Length: 21 in / 53 cm
  • Width: 15 in / 38 cm
  • Height: 12.5 in / 31 cm
  • Volume: 2300 in3 / 38 L
  • Torso Fit Range: Adjustable

Manufacturer’s Description

The Kelty Military Assault Pack (MAP) 3500 was prompted by Special Operations Forces’ (SOF) need for a new and improved assault pack. Designed and engineered directly from military end-user input and feedback, the MAP 3500 has become a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for a sturdy and functional Military Assault Pack. The Kelty MAP 3500 Three Day Assault Pack has been the preferred Military Assault Pack of the US Navy SEALs for the past 6 years due to its rugged construction and superior design.

  • Waist belt with Scherer cinch system
  • Waist belt tuck-away feature
  • Adjustable sternum strap
  • Internal suspension, two fit to form Light-Beam stay rods
  • Large main compartment and two exterior zippered pockets
  • Side mesh pockets (fit 1 quart water bottles each side)
  • Hydration port has snap-on, top-flap closure
  • Hydration port at top of pack allows for drink tube over either shoulder
  • 210d ripstop nylon interior hydration pouch, supports up to 100 oz. bladder
  • Exterior cargo pocket with admin organizer and fleece eyewear pocket
  • Fully adjustable (removable/replaceable) shoulder straps
  • 420d HD nylon Oxford mesh back panel and shoulder straps
  • 420 gram nylon Airmesh EVA foam back panel and shoulder straps
  • 500 denier nylon Kodra construction, double stitched

Check out the MAP 3500 at Shellback Tactical

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8 Responses to Kelty MAP 3500 Sale

  1. Chet Weber April 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    shows out of stock on their site now

    • Brandon April 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      Select a color – right now it’s showing 34 in coyote and 35 in black in stock. They won’t last long though.

  2. Mike April 10, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I have this pack too – great pack, and $90 is a steal! I paid $150!

  3. Kevin April 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    They are gone. Not on the Kelty site at all. Their site says sold exclusively through Amron International, which has it at $149.

  4. TK April 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Come on people, read…the link is in big red letters. Thanks for sharing Brandon!

  5. Jake April 10, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    “I’ve never spent three days assaulting anything” – LOL.

  6. Uncle Kenny April 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Nice looking pack. It’s very similar to my favorite, the Jansport Odyssey that is 39L instead of the Kelty’s 35, but it has a lot of the same features, including hydration pocket. I have three of them and it’s my go-to pack for up to 5 days. I never use any other luggage any more. The Jansport is $100 list, but it doesn’t come in coyote brown. I might have to get the Kelty just for comparison purposes.