Kelty Women’s Lorraine Backpack – Product Review

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When we started traveling I carried my luggage and my handbag, but I quickly figured out that it was hard for me to fit my Macbook, Camera and other personal items all in one bag. I discovered the Kelty (Women’s Lorraine) Backpack and immediately knew I had found something that would fit my needs!

At first I was a little apprehensive but I grew fond of the idea of toting my backpack everywhere rather than struggling with either my handbag or camera bag. With just enough compartments and the fact that this easily stows under the seat on the plane, this backpack is a great fit for me. The vendor carries a variety of different styles, both in terms of size and color schemes to meet any of your needs. I am confident that any of the Kelty backpacks will suit you and would strongly urge you to consider this brand when searching for a new travel companion.


This backpack provides sufficient interior space for a weekend getaway or even longer trip. It allows travelers to stylishly blend into any environment and I am adamant that this backpack will soon become your favorite travel companion.

Complete with a TSA-ready laptop/tablet sleeve helps you quickly pass through airport security, there is also a handy exterior pocket that allows you to store an extra jacket or bike helmet that are readily available rather than having to dig through all those deep backpack pockets that you normally associate with them! It is made from a very durable polyester blend that makes this backpack the ultimate travel accessory for anyone planning on purchasing one in the near future .

The Pros

  • TSA-approved laptop sleeve
  • Fleece-lined media pocket
  • Organizer panel
  • Side Compression Straps
  • Dual water bottle pockets
  • Helmet carry
  • Extremely lightweight

The Cons

  • There is nothing wrong with this product


Whenever you are looking for a backpack of any sort several things come to mind: Price, Durability, and Functionality. This company is dedicated to travel needs and stands by the product. At first glance the bag may not be fashionable for some however the purpose that it serves is to create a lightweight bag that travelers can carry all of the essentials plus more easily and this backpack meets all of my needs and I hope you will give them a try. For the full range of Kelty products, check out their website here.

*In no way was I compensated for this review, this is solely my personal opinion/experience*

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Heather Boothman
Heather Boothman is the co-founder of A Brit and A Southerner. Born and in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Heather has always been a fond traveler but was only able to start fulfilling her dreams of traveling the world when she met her husband, Chris in 2008. They have since embarked on an amazing journey of travel as they challenge others to follow in their paths of working full-time but also being able to travel frequently! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Heather at [email protected]


  1. It seems like a very functional solution, Heather, I would certainly consider it. I used to use a backpack when I was younger and I loved it, it’s so much more practical and apart from anything better for our backs. Thanks for this useful review.

    • Thanks so much for the support! I hope that you try this backpack out or another style from Kelty, the best thing I love about this is that its so lightweight!! Not like carrying a million notebooks and books that hurt your back, I feel like I don’t even have one on!

  2. I think I couldn’t do with just one backpack even if this looks great. With all my camera gear I need a big camera bag with my big bag and that’s it (and too bad for the rest, Mister will carry ha ha).
    But it does look like a good option, easy to carry around and seems to be able to adapt it a lot too!

  3. My wife would love this backpack – it looks like it can fit a ton of stuff. Living in Costa Rica we don’t go many places without our backpacks on and in the rainy season you add the umbrellas to the amount of gear you are toting. I would imagine this pack to be a great solution for a weekend away somewhere.

  4. Thanks for this useful review! I always carry my handbag + my camera and I’ve never enough space to carry a bottle of water or my guidebook. I always feel frustrated about it so I really should consider buying a backpack!

  5. Nice and informative post. I´m not really into those bags with too many pockets. I just have a very simple linen bag and it works fine – big enough for a weekend trip, yet it looks quite small! I also don´t like the pink thingies, do they come in orange? 😉 But I guess for the average backpacker a bag like this would actually be pretty good!

    • I thought that I wasn’t that sort of person to carry a backpack and that be everything I needed but I was mistaken. It was very hard for me to pick the right one, we also have a Swiss gear backpack again very reliable but not what I wanted, I have heard High Sierra is good but I was still not convinced then Chris bought this bag (probably knowing I would never actually go through it) and I love it!! I am not a PINK person by any means however its not that bad in person and they make one in blue I believe.

  6. Nice review! I’ve been looking for this kind of bag. I too always carry camera with me, and like you said it’s hard to find one bag where you can fit all your things. I was just carrying camera in the hands. Until last week, when I actually dropped it, and broke my lens. Now it’s definitely time to buy a proper bag. Will look into Kelty Woman’s Lorraine Backpack.

  7. Nice review! After living here I need a very durable backpack since we’re constantly in the jungle or the beach or mountains so I think that’d be good for just casual wear but not outdoor. It’s super cute though!

  8. This bag looks nice indeed. I travel with my laptop and camera gear as well. It took me 3 bags to find exactly what I was looking for!

    What camera gear do you pack in this bag? I think this would be interesting to know for people who are still looking for their bag :).

    The “doesn’t look like a camera bag” point was crucial to me… until I realized that I was making it useless by always packing a tripod on its side. Any bag looks like a camera bag with a tripod on it :D.

    Anyway, let us know how you feel about it in the long term!

    Cheers :).

    • I usually take my DSLR in a cover and lens with the battery charger and thats it. I don’t want to take so much that I never use it nor do I want to carry so much. Which makes this bag great because it is so lightweight and affordable I think if you took this bag or a slightly larger bag if needed you would enjoy it.

      • For really short trips maybe yeah, but when I leave for several days to several weeks, I have a considerable amount of gear (Gripped DSLR + usually 3 lenses from medium to large, tripod, etc etc) so it’s pretty hard to say :).

          • That’s indeed a nice range of backpacks. I’m sure one can find what they need for every situation and especially when you travel lightweight (photo gear wise).

            I’m traveling with a F-Stop Loka with Medium Slope ICU ( I used to have a InCase bag which was OK but not as versatile and practical as either yours or the Loka.

            I really like Kelty’s idea of the detachable front pocket!

  9. Great review, Heather. I am looking at getting one of the Kelty backpacks, but am thinking a 40/45l one. I currently carry a 33l so would have a lot more space if I got 40/45l but wasn’t really sure how good they were so this is reassuring 🙂 thanks!

  10. That looks to be a really nice size and, from what I can tell, a good quality product. Ideal hand luggage for taking on flights, I would imagine. My only problem with these kinds of backpacks is remembering which items I’ve put in which pockets… 🙂

  11. Looks like a great bag, but wondered how big is it? I’m on the lookout for something around 40L that I can take as carry-on. The zips look pretty small though so are they big enough to fit a padlock through? Having lockable zips even on a daypack is something on my must-have list! Have to say, it’s a good looking bag.

    • This bag is 30L not exactly what you were looking for but they do have 40L that will fit your needs, I would suggest Kelty Redwing If you are wanting to place padlocks through the metal portion then no, it is not big enough but if you want to place them through the pink loop it would fit.

    • Ashley, this is just a 30L backpack so maybe a little smaller than what you were looking for! But it’s a great lightweight option especially for the shorter, weekend type trips.

  12. So how has this done as far as durability? I know Kelty’s are made to last but I also know this one is made from a thinner material than the big camping backpacks. Does it seem like it’ll hold up? If you pack it full does it feel like the seams aren’t going to hold? I’m looking for something that’s going to last me for years and can handle lots of travel(airports, trains, buses, you name it).

  13. I am a frequent flyer and I go travelling on my business trips a lot. Yet sometimes I am on vacation with my daughter and we both love pink backpack with fashionable design. Do you have any good recommendation on this?
    Thank you for your post and please keep it up.


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When we started traveling I carried my luggage and my handbag, but I quickly figured out that it was hard for me to fit my Macbook, Camera and other personal items all in one bag. I discovered the Kelty (Women’s Lorraine) Backpack and immediately...Kelty Women's Lorraine Backpack - Product Review