User Review: Kelty Coyote 80
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99
It's like being hugged by a green friend. Very much adjustable to fit YOU. Top and front loading for easy filling and access. Sweet side pockets with bottom seams that velcro to the pack to allow for easy stowing of poles, fireworks, yard beer glasses or anything. Feature rich for the price!
- Adjustable torso length
- Adjustable frame
- Easy access to the main compartment
- Opening for hydration resevoir
- Simple, easy adjustmnents
- Great weight distribution
- Firmly cushioned waist belt
- Two waist belt pockets
- No easy access for a water bottle
- Daypack does not have simple quick release buckle
- No rain cover
I don't know much about backpacks. I tried a couple on in REI which was about the full extent of my research. Well, I talked to friends but really, packs are pretty personal and everyone seems to want something specific to their needs. So, I ventured out and looked for something inexpensive. I ordered and returned two others that cost about two times the Kelty.
I found the Kelty pack pretty comfortable out of the box with that new pack smell. I took the pack out for a couple hikes. Empty at first then adding around 25 lbs. Not knowing how to adjust the pack, I basically read the small booklet that came with the pack. They recommended adjusting with 35 lbs. Are you kidding me? 35 lbs? Sure, like never. Never came about a week later as I kept adding weight until I was at 35 lbs.
I did all my later adjustments at 35 lbs. I bent the frame, adjusted the torso and figured out the top weight aligning straps in a few minutes. I still don't know how to best adjust the shoulder straps so I just do whatever feels best. I am up to 50 lbs and the weight sits on my hips pretty well. I like the stiff waist strap as I am a bit rounder in the middle and the pack tends to slide down. Where it rests, I tighten it up and the soft but firm straps hold it there off my shoulders.
I am following the booklet for loading it. Lighter stuff at the bottom, heavier in the middle. I have my bag, tent, down shell, rain cover, inflatable sleeping pad and pillow. In the middle I have a full bear can, and 8 lbs water. On top another 10 lbs of dumbbells. At 50 lbs, it seems to just conform to me and while 50 lbs is a lot to me, A couple 5 mile hikes were fine.
I am planning 9 days in the Eastern Sierras. I have the pack loaded with just about everything I am taking and still have quite a bit of room. The capacity is great. I could easily fit a couple six packs in there and I have not loosened the expansion straps. I don't know what others bring but I can't imagine it not fitting in here.
I really like the quick access to my Payday bars via the top opening looking right at the top of my bear can. The front zippers make it easy to access everything like my Aerolite chair. There are actually two zippers for front access. There are side pockets as well as mesh pockets. I just wish I could easily slide a water bottle in a pocket. There is a convenient internal pocket for my hydration pack with slots at both shoulders for the sippy tube to slide through.
So far, I can't find a real problem with the pack. It seems well made and the seams are tight and look solid. No signs the material will tear away or easily rip. Well, it could use a jet pack attachment for the a quick descent from Mt Whitney.
Summary. Great, inexpensive pack that will make you look younger and better.