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Keen Newport DP Pack

Posted in Gear Reviews, Hiking, Outdoor Gear by Claire - 06.27.2010

Along with surfing for the whole summer along the Oregon coast and working to review surfboards for Gear.com, I’ve had the opportunity to do some really cool day hikes out here as well. Each time I’ve headed out for a day-long adventure, I’ve taken my Keen Newport Pack with me.

Looking for a pack that holds more than just a hydration bladder but don’t want to haul your overnight pack with you? Want a pack that you can throw your laptop in for work, bring it to work, and then make a quick change-out to snacks and a lightweight jacket for an after work hike? The Keen Newport DP Pack is the pack for those day trips.

The Keen Newport DP pack comes with a dedicated hydration sleeve, which can fit up to a 3 liter hydration bladder, so you don’t have to worry about hauling extra water bottles with you! However, if you do feel the needed for added H20, the Newport DP also has 2 mesh pockets on the outside, which are big enough to fit either a Camelbak waterbottle or a Nalgene. Also a plus, the straps are both left and right sided hydration tube compatible, so you can pick which side you’d like your water to come from! The Newport DP also comes with an integrated rain cover, so that when it starts to dump rain (which happens frequently out here on the Oregon coast), your pack is covered. Just one easy zipper away from protection from the elements.

Keen Newport DP Pack: Key Features

  • Elastic Drawstring: Drawstring on front of the pack allows you to easily shed a layer and stash it during your hike without unpacking your whole pack. It also helps to compress the pack to be smaller if you don’t use all the space inside
  • Front Compartment dividers: The front section of the backpack has 3 divided smaller pouches for easy storage of snacks, a cell phone, whatever you want to keep separate. Also included in the front pouch is a key clip, a crucial feature for me! I hate rifling around my pack searching for keys to get back into my rig after a long hike.
  • Chest and Hip Belts: Hip belt is small and easily removable (just webbing with a clip, nothing padded), and chest clip belt comes with integrated elastic, to move with you as you hike while still keeping your pack straps in place.
  • Large Main Compartment: Easily fits a small rain jacket (I’ve been using my Outdoor Research Helium Jacket, look for a review soon!), and extra layer, some snacks, and in my case, a frisbee for the dog! All of this fits easily when you have a full hydration bladder already in the pack.
  • Side compression straps: Help to cinch the pack down if you’re not using all the space, keeping it nice and small.

Keen Newport DP Pack: Fit

In terms of fit, the Newport DP is incredibly comfortable for a day pack. The pack straps are ventilated, which keeps you cool when you’re moving fast, and the entire pack is designed to be short, to allow for added mobility. While I wouldn’t make they Newport DP my dedicated running pack, the chest and hip belts do allow you that choice when you’re out- they keep the pack stable enough to run with it if you feel like crankin out a few miles at a bit faster of a pace.

Keen Newport DP Pack: Overall

A great pack for day-long adventures! Best in the summer, when the additional gear that you’ll need on your adventure is minimal, or for shorter winter treks. Be sure to check out Gear.Com’s selection of Keen Packs

Looking out at the Oregon Coastline from the Summit of Neahkahnie Mountain, near Manzanita, OR with my Keen Newport DP.



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  1. Kendall

    It looks like this is a daypack built with the right priorities – hiking first, hauling books/computers second. Seems like so many daypacks are just glorified office/school bags. Cool to see Keen making a go at packs.

  2. Scribhneoir

    nice looking day bag however the one piece of info that i would usually expect to see is the carrying capacity in litres – is it a 15, 20 or 30 litre pack?
    Not sure how Americans rate the carrying capacity however in Europe we are used to seeing this information and I know right off how much I will fit into a bag eg: 20 litres for day-trips in the city or 30 lts for a day in the hills with first aid, wet gear, survival bag and snacks.
    Other than that I enjoyed the review, thanks :)

  3. Brig Graff

    Hi Scribhneoir –

    I believe it’s a 31.46 liter pack (1920 cubic inches) — hope that helps! There’s also more info from the merchants selling the pack here: http://www.gear.com/p/keen-newport-pack

    best,
    Brig

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