User Review: Kelty Pacific Crest 5000
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
This pack is very comfortable even when hauling tons of gear. Well built construction and very good padding.
- Quality materials
- Can haul a ton
- No loop at top of frame for threading straps.
Tooooo bad this pack is discontinued! I'm a pretty small frame guy and this pack fits me great and my wife who is also small frame is comfortable in hers.
We go backpacking with our three children who are too young to haul anything. First time taking all the kids, we didn't have a great tent and so used our huge tent (never again). My pack weighed 100 lbs and my wife's was about 65 lbs. Weight aside, the packs were as comfortable as anyone could hope for with that weight. We have scaled down some but my pack is still usually about 70 lbs and quite comfortable.
I love external frames in that lashing stuff to the outside is possible when those items weigh a good bit. I have used this pack now for about 10 different trips and I still love it. Now I'm shopping for a couple more packs for kids and spares for others and wish this pack was still available new.
I can store tons of stuff inside, we like the top bag which is handy to store food stuff in and tie up at night and can double as a fanny pack. Hydration bladder fits nicely in side tall pocket.
The only thing I wish it had was two metal riveted loops to the top of the frame to keep straps in place when cinching down equipment.