This a big pack and it allows you to pack heavy and…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $119 (2005)

This a big pack and it allows you to pack heavy and still be comfortable. I generally pack heavy, around 50 lbs. I can carry 3 Nalgene 1 Quarts and two gatorades, in the side pockets alone, and still have room there for smaller articles.

My winter bag and all my clothing fits inside the top section and the bottom section carriers my food, stove, etc. I love the external frame because of the strong places to secure my tent which goes on the bottom and my sleeping pad that goes on the top.

All and all a great pack, plenty of space, durable and user friendly.


I have used this pack for a weekend camping trip to…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Internal Frame
Max. Load Carried: 60 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2''
Price Paid: $250

I have used this pack for a weekend camping trip to a few week long backpacking trips in the White Mountains. It has worked perfectly.

The only part that should be pondered (good or bad, take your pick) is that this pack is BIG. It is almost like an internal frame pack where you can stuff a bunch of equipment on the inside, yet has the capability for strapping tents, sleeping bags, or ground pads, with plenty of carabiner space remaining.

I have owned a few packs in my time in the outdoors, and this one is the best, by FAR! Well worth the $$$ if you can get your hands on one.


The best pack I have owned. It is extremely durable…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The best pack I have owned. It is extremely durable and was able to accommodate 70+ lbs for over a week in the Smokies without any damage.

I am a firm believer in external frame packs and this is the gold standard for space and rugged design. The only drawback is weight. I am sad it is no longer being produced...


The price is right, if you're willing to sacrifice…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars

The price is right, if you're willing to sacrifice design quality and comfort. I loaded the pack fully, and within a couple of days had completely bent the frame from setting it down. The frame has a curve that is supposed to help the pack sit on your hips, but unfortunately that curve bears the weight of the pack when it is not on your back. I'm somewhat surprised Kelty is still making this pack...


This pack is the 1st real camping pack I have used.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Design: external
Size: 4900
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: bout 50
Height of Owner: 5"11 1/2'

This pack is the 1st real camping pack I have used. I use is on two, multi night outings in the Shenandoah National Park. I typically over pack and take more than I need. Plenty of compartments to separate out items. However the sleeping bag compartment usually houses my food and ground cloth. I strap my down sleeping bag, and z rest to the outside.

Tested a few packs at the store and as soon as they put it on my back with the test weight I said wow this feels good. And it feels good at max weight on the trail for 3 days. Hydration compatible. I usually walk out of the woods with extra food and clothing that is still clean.

I load it with a 6lb tent, 4L of water all the food, Coleman Exponent stove with fuel, first aid kit 1.2q pot with handle, matches, thermo mug, z-rest, down bag, first need water purifier, rope, rain gear, compass, flashlight, knife, pack rain cover, emergency space bag, udigit shovel, t-paper, water free soap, food. 2pr wool socks, jeans, fleece top and bottom, ground cloth, When fully loaded it can be a little tipsy and you will have to navigate and think about your balance but its like changing time zones. It only takes a few hours to get used to.

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Kelty Super Tioga 4900


The Super Tioga 4900 has been discontinued.

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The Kelty Super Tioga 4900 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen sometime before 2006 at Sierra Trading Post.

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