Backpacker- Trekker 3900
November 1, 2010
Kelty Trekker 3900
Stand up and walk like a human. That's the promise of Kelty's original external-frame design, which enables hikers to carry big loads without leaning forward, as most internal frames encourage. In 1979, our testers took Kelty's Tioga for a trial in New York's Catskills, and reported they could stand perfectly straight without the harness causing pinching or tugging.
...for no-nonsense trail packing, the external still delivers. One tester took the latest iteration, the Trekker, up a Colorado Fourteener, and says, "It was comfortable with a 35-pound load and the weight was evenly distributed." And standing up strait, she reports, meant her back felt great at day's end.