The company was started by Asher "Dick" Kelty (September 13, 1919 - January 12, 2004), who was one of the first gear designers to produce and market an external-frame backpack designed specifically for civilian use. He is considered to be the inventor of the aluminum-framed backpack.
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.
Kelty was also the provider of gear in the 70s cult classic TV show The Land Of The Lost
- Kelty official company
- Backpack designer Dick Kelty dies
- Telegraph obituary for Dick Kelty
- Kelty Tents Review : Gunnison 4.1 family tent
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