User Review: Kelty Men's Coyote 4750
Price Paid: $100-ish
I bought this pack in early 2010, I forget when exactly, I bought it to replace my old ALICE pack I had been using. I was on a budget, so when I saw this pack at REI for $100 on sale I decided I would give it a try. So I loaded it up with about 25lbs of store weights and wore it around the store for about an hour. It felt pretty good so I bought it.
My initial thoughts were it looks good, seems to be a durable construction(heavy duty fabrics etc), and has plenty of room for my winter gear. I am on a budget, so I use 1 pack year round and just compress it down in summer.
My wife has a Kelty Redwing 3100 that I use sometimes, and I thought that they be similar, and they are kinda. I was a bit disappointed when I opened the front pocket to see it wasn't as well organized as the Redwing.
The side through pockets are great for stowing trekking poles, fishing rods, and camera tripods.
I have put about 350-400 miles on this pack since I purchased it earlier this year. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase. It can be adjusted to a very wide range of torso lengths and the straps all have a lot of adjustment room as well. I am 5'11 and about 210lbs and it fits well, could go bigger or smaller still.
Some of the connection points could be reinforced just a tad more.
Pros: Durable fabric, wide adjustment range, comfortable up to 50lbs loads, plenty of pack room, cheap pricetag
Cons: Compression strap connection points and pack strap connection points could be reinforced just a bit more. Pack straps slip more than higher end packs, and thus require adjustment more often while hiking...not a real big deal.
Cons Explained, I have had no strap connection point or seam on the bag fail. The compression strap connection points when in use holding bulkier gear on the outside of the pack show signs of strain. It looks to me that you could easily over tighten them and have one start to give out.
Like I said I have used the pack for roughly 400 miles and carry a sleeping pad and a camp chair on the outside of the pack and they have held up fine. I think it's just a matter of time before one pops.
Pack strap upper connection points, These need to be reinforced a lot more. I have a back injury from my service in the military so I had gotten away from the military donning style of placing the front of the pack against your legs, then bending down putting your arms through the shoulder straps , grasping the frame stays and lifting the pack up and over your head to don. This method works great by the way, and is my preferred method still.
So like I said I had tried to go away from that method and was using the knee hoist method, where you hoist it up and then kinda roll/swing it over alonyour hips as you put your arms through. Works well enough, but after about 200 miles/20 days of doing this I would occasionally hear a light pop sound.
At first I didn't think anything of the noise other than maybe the strap was twisted while I was putting it on and it was straightening out or something similar. It wasn't what I would call one of those "bad" sounds. But one day I noticed that the tops of the shoulder straps had begun to tear through their reinforcement area by about 1/4 of an inch or maybe a little less. I then realized what those noises were, it was the slow demise of my pack strap reinforcement.
From that point on I went back to the military doning style for packs and I had no more trouble over the other 200 or so miles I have done this year. The tears have gotten no bigger, I am confident that this will no longer be an issue. I am sure Kelty would replace or repair it if I sent in a warranty claim.
Overall I am very happy with this pack, and I would recommend it to a friend or anyone on a budget. It is worth the money and it will last you quite a many seasons I would imagine.
Like another poster mentioned this isn't a Lexus, it's a corolla. It is nice enough, comfortable, and will get the job done without breaking the bank.
Update: July 11, 2011
This is an update to my original review of the Kelty Coyote 4750:
I have recently had to return my Coyote due to failed seams and stitching. I had mentioned in my previous review that I thought the stitching could be reinforced a bit more. In the long term I found my initial assumption was correct.
I used the pack on about 15 trips, and put roughly 700-800 miles on the pack. The heaviest load the pack ever saw was 45 lbs, but the typical load was around 30-35. The Kelty documentation that came with the pack says that the maximum load should be limited to 65 lbs.
I used my Coyote 4750 for about a year and a half. During this time I slowly begin to notice the the compression straps and shoulder straps showing signs of strain. Eventually the stitching began to fail on both shoulder straps and actually began to rip off of the pack body. Most of the compression strap also had a few stitches begin to come loose. And the hipbelt connection had thread wear/strain as well.
The shoulder straps on any pack should be reinforced to withstand some use and abuse. I am not overly rough on my gear, but do not baby it either. I believe that this is a manufacturing flaw/defect/design issue. On a side note, when I returned my pack to REI the clerk told me that they have seen quite a few of the 2010 Coyotes come back for the same shoulder strap issue.
During my use of this pack, i found I liked the pack overall as it was comfortable and held all of the gear I needed it to. The failure of a key component however was not acceptable to me having used the pack within the specified limits and the time frame of ownership.