Kelty Trekker 65
Source: bought it new
A great pack. Just needs some time to be adjusted correctly to fit your needs.
- Well built
- Very large main compartment
- Load rides too high when fully packed with factory setup
- 4 small side compartments. 2 small & 1 large would be nice
- Be sure to carry back-up clovis pins
This is about as good of an external frame pack as you can find nowadays, since the powers that be seem to want to force everyone into using undergunned internal frame packs. I did, however, find that if you pack the main compartment to its max, the load sits WAY above both your head and the frame. The "Frankenstein's Monster" effect.
I adjusted this by moving the entire pack down the frame, while leaving the suspension system where it belongs. I am now able to use the pack's full capacity, and even lash my tent to the top of the frame with the load only slightly overhead, and lashing whatever else to the bottom of the frame. That's the glory of the external frame: it can be adjusted and tweaked to meet your needs.
I suggest anyone purchasing this pack spend ample time playing with different setups with both the suspension system and bag placement before hitting the trail with a heavy load. If you take the time, and fine tune it to your needs, you'll find that this pack is both very comfortable, and large enough to pack for a long trip in the backcountry.
The only other feature I do not care for with this pack is that there are four small zippered compartments on the side. That seems a little excessive for packing small, easily accessible items. I think a better design would be to have two small compartments on one side, and a larger long compartment on the other that can hold a hatchet, pick, or other useful tool (like a handle of booze perhaps).
Overall, though, this pack is great, and seems like it will give me years and years of good times.
Price Paid: $125
Purchased this backpack earlier this summer and took it on a 5-day pack trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
The pack is outstanding. Several others in the group had internal frame packs and suffered from uneven weight distribution. My pack weighed 40 lbs and was supported evenly by this excellent external frame pack.
In my opinion external frame packs are the best. The Kelty Trekker is outstanding.
Price Paid: $130
Very light and holds everything I need.
Wish it had a better compartment for my hydration system but the top flap zipper works just fine.
I like external frames as I attach additional items as needed for my trips. Internal packs I have experience with don't measure up. However I've always been biased to external.
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When Dick Kelty started his company, he built an indestructible pack with plenty of pockets. More than five decades later, The Trekker Pack design persists, resulting in a simple, comfortable, lightweight favorite.
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The iconic Kelty Trekker 65 offers outstanding value. Its classic, proven design is coupled with modern adjustability and comfort features. Adjustable suspension conforms to a wide range of torso lengths. Large, top-loading pack bag sports multiple zippered pockets and a mesh water bottle pocket to organize your gear and keep it within easy reach. Adjustable suspension conforms to a range of torso lengths; tightly stretched mesh back panel, padded shoulder straps and dual density foam hipbelt offer ventilated comfort. Sternum strap, load-lifter straps and belt stabilizers help balance the load; pulleylike Scherer Cinch(TM) makes tightening your hipbelt a breeze. Separate sleeping bag compartment allows you to pack and unpack your sleeping bag without digging through the rest of your belongings. Hydration-compatible design features reservoir pocket and drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately). Spindrift collar cinches down over the main compartment to seal out the weather; a hold-open bar makes loading and unloading easy. Daisy chain, ice axe loop and lash tabs allow additional gear to be attached to outside of pack. The Kelty Trekker 3900 is made from lightweight, durable 420-denier ripstop and reinforced with 420-denier oxford polyester for light weight and durability.
Free Shipping. Kelty Trekker Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Kelty Trekker Pack Sleeping bag compartment Hydration compatible Ice-axe loop Zippered side pockets Haul handle Padded waist belt Padded shoulder straps Sternum strap Ventilating back panel The SPECS of the Kelty Trekker Pack Suspension: External Body: 420D Polyester Ball Shadow Reinforcement: 420D Polyester Oxford The SPECS for S/M Volume: 3900 cubic inches / 64 liter Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz / 2.2 kg Dimension: 29 x 21.5 x 12in. / 74 x 54 x 30 cm Torso Fit Range: 14 - 20in. / 36 -51 cm The SPECS for M/L Volume: 3950 cubic inches / 65 liter Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz / 2.2 kg Dimension: 29 x 22.5 x 13in. / 74 x 57 x 33 cm Torso Fit Range: 16 - 22in. / 41 - 56 cm