Kelty Tioga

9 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   4
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   1

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I've had my Tioga for over 25 years now. I've taken…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $140 in 1987

I've had my Tioga for over 25 years now. I've taken it on over 30 trips. It's been a great trail pack. One of the most durable things Ive ever owned.

Had to replace the pack bag after a bear used it to lift himself up on a bear pole in the middle of the night. The frame never bent. I sewed up the bag but ended up replacing it. It's also been dropped a few times and fell out of a tree.

The thing is simply bomb proof. Also, it keeps you cool if you live in a warm climate.

The pockets are great. I especially like the long side pocket. I use it to store my tent. I Iash my sleeping bag to the lower frame so I have more room in my bag. It swallow just about everything I've thrown at it. I once carried about 70 pounds in it and it wasn't too bad.

The pack is top heavy though so it isn't good for scrambling up hills. But if you're a trail hiker, it's outstanding.

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Good starter pack, lots of external pockets. Great…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: top loading with front loading lower compartment,
Number of Pockets: 3
Price Paid: $35 ebay

Good starter pack, lots of external pockets. Great for Boy Scout pack. Only negative comment is the lower compartment zipper is poorly designed. It is a tough zip when you have a 20-degree mummy to stuff into the compartment.

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I guess I'm just not an internal frame kinda guy.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: External Frame
Size: 4500 ci.
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 55+ lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2''
Price Paid: $150

I guess I'm just not an internal frame kinda guy. I tried to like the things--they sure do look neat and obviously have some stability advantages that would benefit climbers--but I'm not a climber, I'm a hiker, and I would much rather be concerned with my surroundings than with my pack. Also, I'm pretty hot natured, and the internal frame packs I've tested have left my back drenched with sweat.

I went with Kelty because I have almost universally had good experiences with their products. The Tioga is no different. It has some clever features, like an integrated water bottle holder under an upper pocket, an inner pouch perfect for a hydration bladder (and with a hemmed tube port exiting it to boot) and an easy to adjust frame with plenty of suspension attachment points that should handle most any heighth. That said, the frame is admittedly pretty wide, but that suits me just fine. Narrow shouldered people might want to look elsewhere. But everywhere you look the construction is typical Kelty: neat and well finished. The packbag is beefy and will hold almost too much stuff, carrying enough for a week on the trail in my experience with it thus far. It might even go twice that.

I've barely mentioned the ride. The Tioga does very nicely on my admittedly battleship sized bod, carrying heavy loads with ease, and it does so with a comfortably solid feel that leaves me free to enjoy the view whether I'm on a level, flat trail or picking my way up a barely there rocky switchback And oh yes, it's cool to wear. Not as in fashion, but as in temperature. Gads, the difference. It felt like my core temperature was 20 degrees cooler wearing the Tioga than with an internal. Better still, the balance is such that I walk upright, not hunched over like a neanderthal.

That this wouldn't seem to be a blatant ad for the Tioga, I include some not-so-good points: the suspension is kinda wimpy, not particularly well padded or curved; the packbag could desperately use a rigid sheet on the side that faces the frame so gear wouldn't stick you in the back, and the sleeping bag compartment seems pretty small. On the other hand, the suspension is a cinch to replace, and my local shop had no problem getting Kelty to send a replacement hipbelt that not only fit better, but included a rigid panel within the belt for better weight transference. I would urge anyone owning a Tioga to upgrade to this belt.

In summary, this is a great pack for the money. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone, beginner or otherwise. It's got the beef to last a lot of miles, and the comfort to make those miles downright pleasant.

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Over all this is an excellent external pack. Like…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: External
Size: 4800
Number of Pockets: 7+1 waterbottle pocket
Max. Load Carried: 55-80 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'11''
Price Paid: $125

Over all this is an excellent external pack. Like most packs the water bottle pocket is hard to reach when you are on the trail. The pack also squeeks a little bit but it is around 3 years old. The hip belt's buckle started to slip after a year, but it is not that expensive to buy a new buckle. This pack is a very good pack for the money. It carried all the gear I needed for a two week backpacking trip in the mountains. I recommend this pack to anybody who is looking for an affordable external pack.

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I should start out by saying that I don't really like…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: External frame
Size: 4500
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'
Price Paid: $100

I should start out by saying that I don't really like big internal frame packs (they're too hot in warm weather) although I think they rule in midsizes. I bought the Tioga specifically for a trip to Escalante, the price/size was just right. If you have to carry 30 lbs of water it's nice to have a frame to lash it to. Since then, I find myself using it more than any of my other packs especially if I'm hiking trails. Once I got the adjustments dialed in I found it to be so comfortable that I'm able to carry stuff that I used to leave home (crazy creek chair, coupla beers). It's a little creaky but it was only $100 and I've since seen it for even less. I've read that it's not for smaller framed people.

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I consider this the finest cargo pack every made.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: external frame
Size: 4500+
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 72 lbs
Height of Owner: 5 ft. 9 in.
Price Paid: $85 (1972)

I consider this the finest cargo pack every made. Every time I'm hiking in the Sierras, I pass at least two other people carrying an original Kelty Tioga, made by Dick Kelty. We've all tried other packs (including the Super Tioga) and always come back to this old one. What a load carrier! I prefer it loaded to 35-40 pounds. The straps are adjustable for shoulder width and one can constantly vary the load from shoulder straps to waist best, which by the way, is more like a seatbelt in a car. Can you believe I have a half dozen week-long Grand Canyon trips, a few dozen high Sierra trips and Mt. Lassen trips on this pack that I bought in 1972 and it's still going strong, even after having been batted (loaded to 50 pounds) 15 feet by bears in Yosemite?! If it ever breaks, I'll just fix it. (I even have a spare frame for it. Parts like end-plugs and waistbelts are still carried by REI for this thing! To get one, try yard sales and swap meets!)

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I have been very pleased with this pack. I find it…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: external frame
Size: 4500
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 55 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $85 (on sale)

I have been very pleased with this pack. I find it very comfortable and thus far well-designed (my trips are generally 3-4 days). It has been surprising to me that I don't seem more of this pack in backpacking stores.

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I purchased this pack, for week-long trips, and loaded…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: External Frame
Size: 4500
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 60 pounds
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $139.99

I purchased this pack, for week-long trips, and loaded it down. There seemed to be endless space for strapping equipment to, which saved more of the inside space, so much at even at 60 pounds, I had to put equipment back inside to balance the load. The high pocket for the water bottle made it very easy to get to on the run. Seemed overall a good pack, no complaints at all, and I've had it for about 1.5 years now.

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I would not recommend this pack. I just returned from…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Design: External
Size: 4,500
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 65 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $159

I would not recommend this pack. I just returned from hiking the John Muir Trail and was very disappointed with its performance. There are numerous sharp edges and attachments that constantly scrape and cut your skin when donning or removing the pack. While the pack was still new, the coating on the fabric at the top quickly cracked and began to peel away. It's not particularly comfortable either-- so buyer beware!

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