User Review: Kelty Super Tioga
Design: external frame
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 80 lbs
Height of Owner: 6' 4"
Price Paid: $170
I love this pack. It handles a lot of weight and balances it nicely with good comfort.
The frame only adjusts to those about 5' 10" or up... but my height and mass are well suited to this pack.
I have carried my girlfriend (125 lbs) around campus with it.
I have carried 65+ lbs over about 50 miles of the White Mountains (extremely rough trail) and never had a problem with the pack.
I really like the bottle holders built into the side pockets... a cool idea, although I would recommend a quickdraw holster for on-trail hydration.
The one real problem that I have is this silly shelf at the bottom of the frame.
It is too big for just a sleeping mat, but too small for mat + tent (pushes bottom of pack up).
Kelty has apparently addressed this issue, because the newer models don't have this problem.
Bottom line: If you can fit the pack, it's great.... if you have a smaller stature, save yourself the blisters on your shoulder.