User Review: 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.