User Review: Kelty Pacific Crest 5000
Design: external frame backpack
Size: 5000 cu. in.
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'8"
Price Paid: $134.99
This discontinued pack is marvelous. It's worth searching for. Backpacking for me is a vehicle for hunting and fishing. This pack is almost a hybrid between an internal frame pack and external frame pack. Kelty's thru-hiker frame keeps the narrow bag close to the back. Weight distribution is very good. The pack is a delight going cross-country off the trail.
The multiple pockets, daisy chain, and multiple attachment points give it great versatility. The large top pocket detaches as a fanny pack. This permits one to take rain gear, first aid, etc. along from a base or spike camp to a hunting/fishing spot or on a day trip.
In addition to the pocket, the pack has a sleeping bag compartment. I don't use this for the sleeping bag, though. The bag is 3/4 length of the frame so the sleeping bag and pad go below the bag. As a result the sleeping bag compartment (which has a zippered divider from the main compartment) aids in organization and access to pack contents better than a simple top-loader.
I've had 60 pounds in and on this pack, and while the shoulder straps dug in a little bit it was still tolerable to carry. At 50 pounds or less, it's down right comfortable.
I bought two, one for me, one for the Mrs. The adjustable torso (16-21 inches as I recall) makes the pack suitable for just about any adult.
Although discontinued, Kelty still has the pack instructions up on its web site.
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