82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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Before I got into too much detail about this product I must be forthright. I purchased this from Amazon warehouse deals for significantly cheaper than it normally sells - which made this bag an absolutely incredible value! For someone picking this up at its retail price it is still a very solid backpack - however there may be some other things out there closer to price range that out perform this. That said:
Lots of space - 4750 cubic inches is a great space. I was looking for a pack that I can take out for a week (or more if needed) at a time, but that I could also use for a weekend trip. The problem with lots of these bags is that they either sit well below 400 cubic inches, or WAY above. That said, this is pretty versatile and has no problems shrinking down to size. Obviously it can't get bigger than 4750 cubic inches - so that is the limit - which might mean some creative packing (or ultralight trips) for anything over a week.
Lots of pockets - One of my biggest frustrations with current styles of internal frame packs is that they tend to have 1 giant pocket in the main compartment, and then a pocket or two on the outside. Not this pack. It still has the main compartment (which does not have many separate compartments), but has access to the bottom and middle of the pack through the main back pocket as well. This actually makes it kind of like a duffel bag for hiking. If you access through the main back compartment you can access items in the bottom middle or top of your bag with ease. Basically when I get to my tent, I set it on its back, and use that secondary compartment almost exclusively.
Separated day pack - The top compartment on this separates into a day pack - complete with waist band! This is great if you are looking to save space and or weight, but might be base camping somewhere, and therefore might not need to lug around your whole bag and all of your stuff everyday. This pouch is enough for some snacks, a water bottle and some very basic necessities (first aid, sunscreen, map, etc.).
Mesh waist band pockets - This one can not be over-emphasized. This is one of the sweetest parts of this bag, and honestly don't know why more packs don't have this. There are two small mesh pockets on the waist band. This is AWESOME! For me, I pack a small container of sunscreen, my map and lighter (in a Ziploc baggie), multi-tool, and chap-stick. This is extremely handy as these are often things that I need access to while hiking, but don't want to take off my pack.
Straps - Sturdy and very comfortable - however probably nothing that much better than what other packs have.
Ease of Adjust-ability - This bag can be cinched tight horizontally and vertically with easy - and can adjust both the hip strap and the chest strap with ease, even while hiking. The shoulder straps can also be adjusted. This includes how tight the shoulder straps are, as well as their distance from your back. This is handy as I tend to adjust all of these things on occasion while hiking, but want to be able to switch back without hassle.
Bottom of pack access - I already stated that the pack is pretty easily accessible which is true. However my main complaint is that if you pack your sleeping bag inside the bottom of your pack - which most with an internal frame pack do, you are unable to get your sleeping bag out without removing everything. If this is something you're used to no big deal. I still think its a hassle.
Hydration pack compatible - this pack says its hydration compatible - which it is, however that is definitely not its strong suit. I absolutely HATE hydration packs, so it doesn't matter to me, but for those who love them - which is most backpackers - might be something to be aware of.
Size - Ironically I love the size, however when I bought this pack I was unaware that though the cubic inch size is the same for a small and a large pack, the dimensions are actually quite different. I prefer the narrower pack - which is the large size, and that is what fits my body, so it worked out well. Just make sure you know ahead of time.
Adjust-ability - Though overall the pack adjust very smoothly. I have found it difficult to adjust the actual placement of the straps - 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 inches. This isn't a big deal, because once its set you probably won't move it again, however it is a bit frustrating to adjust those few times to get it perfect for your first hike.
I would definitely recommend this pack. For the price I purchased it (sub $100), I don't think there is another pack that could come close to touching it. As stated, there may be other packs in its retail price range that match it, but it is a great pack, I have been very pleased.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this bag because of its versatility. It's huge at 80 liters so you can pack a ton of stuff into it. It has two side pouches, one zippered compartment on the front with a divider inside, and one pouch on the interior to hold a watter bladder. Also, the bag compresses down really, really nicely when you don't need all the room. It works as well for 4 hour hike on the Danny On Trail as it does on a week long backcountry trip into Glacier.
The construction is solid and the pack is incredibly comfortable. The water bladder pouch works great and can accommodate up to a 3-liter bag. The top can be removed and worn as a fanny pack for short expeditions away from camp. I'm 6'2" 240 lbs and this bag fits me wonderfully and there is still plenty of expansion left for taller folks. My 6'6" friend even found it fit quite nicely.
Overall, this is an amazing bag and an absolute steal. I would rate this bag higher than many bags costing several hundred dollars more. If you've never owned a internal frame backpack like this one, it's a great one to start out with because of its versatility, comfort, and economy.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I absolutely love this backpack. I am a big guy and the large size works for big and tall really well. The waist belt extends to a very large size. Straps and hip belt have plenty of padding and there are several different ways to adjust them. The Clock Lock II suspension provides for extremely comfortable load hauling. Also, there is a ton of space and plenty of pockets.
The pack is on the heavy side. This might deter someone wanting to do ultralight hiking. However, I am not a fan of ultralight hiking and the Coyote 80 allows me to carry a heavier load with all of the creature comforts. No problem.
"Ultralight hiking is for ultralight people!"
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Steven T. Blades
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I bought this pack about a year ago from REI and have used it on a few backcountry camping trips. My brother and I do most of our camping in the winter and this pack holds a ton of gear, which is needed for winter camping (for me anyways). My brother got the REI Mars 80 pack a few weeks after got the Kelty and we used both packs for the first time together so it made for a nice comparison. I do think the Mars 80 is a very nice pack but I like the Kelty better.
This pack looks very good, I got the Cypress color and I like it a lot.
This pack has a lot of very nice features. The one thing I really like about it is that it has big side pockets on it. In fact, that was a big deciding factor for me when I was looking at packs. This used to be pretty much standard on packs but it seems like they have gotten away from it. At REI they had 25 to 30 packs just in the Men's section and they were all pocketless. I put all of my frequently used items in these pockets like tissues and snacks. I don't want to have to take off my pack and root through it on the trail to get these things. The pockets are very easy to access on the fly by a hiking / camping partner. Of course, now I have to carry all the snacks as I am the only one with these sweet pockets, Oh well. Another feature this pack has is that you can use these pockets together with the mesh pockets underneath to carry a rifle or something similar. The external pockets attach to the pack body with velcro along the bottom. You can unzip the pocket and then open the Velcro at the bottom to turn the pocket into a sleeve. You then slide the rifle down through the pocket and put the butt of the rifle into the lower mesh pocket. After that you can use the compression straps to cinch the rifle down and secure it. I don't think many pack have this feature. I don't forsee myself using it very much but it is a nice option. The 4 mesh pockets at the bottom which most packs have are very useful for carrying water bottles.
Speaking of compression straps, they are very nicely placed on the Coyote 80. If you don't need the full 80 liters the straps cinch down in all the right places to keep everything secure and balanced.
Another nice feature is that the top of the pack comes off and turns into a sort of oversized fanny pack. It is not the coolest looking thing in the world but if you are staying at the same spot for multiple days it is nice to be able to use this as a day pack for a few items instead of lugging around a giant pack. Again, this is not something I use much, but it is very nice when needed.
A few other things I like about this pack is the way you attach things to the bottom of it and the little pockets on the waist strap. The Mars 80 (and a lot of other packs I looked at) use a weird integrated strap / buckle system that works well but is a little hokey in my opinion. The Coyote 80 just has 2 rows of strap loops along the bottom that you can just run your own straps through. I like this a lot better, it is simple, if the straps get cut or frayed you just pitch them and get new ones and if you don't need to attach anything underneath you can just skip straps altogether (less straps to get hung up on branches and brush). You can also adjust the position of the straps for what you are attaching at any given time for maximum stability and secure tie-downs. The pockets on the waistband are great for storing chapstick and other small frequently used items. I love the fact that they zip up but I wish they were made of a solid stretchy material instead of the mesh and I wish they were just a bit bigger. My camera is just a touch too big and if it did fit in I would like solid material for better weather protection. At least they have these pockets, some packs do not. The Mars 80 does but they don't close at the top, they are just elastic tops and I wouldn't trust putting anything even remotely important in them.
One feature that I both like and dislike is the front access panel. The cool part about this is that you lay the pack down and the panel unzips to give you duffle bag like access to the entire pack so that you can get something from the middle without having to pull everything on top of it out. This can be very handy. The thing I dislike about it is that you don't have a separate bottom access for your sleeping bag like most packs do and the panel does not go down far enough to give you this access. This is something to think about when deciding on this pack as most people are used to the bottom access panel configuration that is on most packs.
This pack is very comfortable and fully adjustable. It also adjusts very easily on the fly which is good for the inevitable need for tweaking while on long hikes with heavy loads. Adjusting the size is not overly difficult and once you set it you should be good if you are the only one using the pack. I got the medium / large pack which is adjustable for a range of 17.5 to 21 inch torso and it has not shifted since I set it the first time.
As far as quality goes, this pack uses very high quality materials and the stitching seems to be excellent. The zippers open and close smoothly but are not loose. Every feature seems to be well thought out and well executed. The little details are also very nice. The zipper pull tabs are small machined aluminum pieces threaded on cord which is a very nice touch. From everything I have seen on Kelty, their customer service is also excellent. I actually have experience with this first hand. I called Kelty and asked them if I could buy some spare compression strap buckle / clips and an extra waist strap buckle / clip. I explained to them that I just bought the pack and that I would like to have a few spares in case of future breaks. The cust. service guy gave me his email and had me send him the model of the pack, strap width measurements and photos of the desired clips and they sent me 1 waist buckle and 4 compression clips for free. That is a company that supports its product and customers.
I am very happy with this pack overall and am expecting to get many years of service out of it. I paid $125 for it and think that it is well worth that and more.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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First, I've owned a lot of backpacks over the last 12 years- Military- bulky to civilian streamlined lightweights. I've used the 128L Kelty "tactical" backpack, Redcloud 90, various 50 to 65 liter packs. I can say for the best all around pack the Coyote 80 is it. If you want to tackle the Colorado Trail or other hikes, you don't need a 90 liter or higher pack to do it. In fact I won't use any over 80 and actually prefer 65 for basic all around use, but the Coyote 80 is the one pack that can do long distance or week long no issues, no extra weight.
Pros: light weight at around 5lbs. It is heavy duty in frame and very well made. There are $300 and $400 packs that are made just as well and any pack will be torn or ripped if you mistreat it or just dump it off you when you are tired to take a break. Treat your gear right and it will last no problems. This pack is light for it's size so if you wanted more weight, it would be like a tank, but to keep it light, you have to go with light materials and the materials on this pack are plenty durable. Pockets are where they should be to use and store items. There is no crazy overdoing of straps or endless zippers that don't make sense. Kelty designed this pack right with backpacking in mind. I am a big guy, extra large frame and it carries just fine. I could be a medium and large frame and it adjusts with no issues. For the smaller guys, I recommend the Redwing 50 because it comforms even tighter to your body or a Comanche 4000 ci / 65L pack.
Cons: None to me. It is the right mixture of size and weight without becoming some huge pack.
Bottom Line: Stay away from the 90 L and above packs even if you are going long distance and just use this 80 / 65 Liter pack with ultralight gear. This pack carries so easy that it should be against the law. There are different "tactical" packs out there advertised for "Military" applications / use. The Military uses large packs because they are issued bulky gear systems that are out dated by 10 years compared to the civilian market ultralight gear. Stick with this pack or a 65L / 4000 CI pack weighing in at 5lbs for the pack or less. Any more than this weight and you are just giving up lbs that could be food to carry for calories and extra days of travel without resupply.
When you buy the big bulky packs- you are losing balance and agility if you don't fill them up and also they are not exactly form fitting like the Coyote is. If you want a pack that can handle short range and long range with no issues- this is the pack. It is a wonderful all around pack. I am glad Kelty makes them and I have one. I recommend it for long range hikes and I would buy mine again with no hesitations.