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I received this pack directly from Kelty. I own a Super Tioga 5500 pack and the curved aluminum tube gram cracked and broke. Kelty did not have a replacement frame for that pack. They chose to offer me the Trekker 65 instead. I was not looking to get a new bag. They insisted and I received a new pack delivered by FedEx the next day. Across country. Handwritten note. I have not looked for another pack since.
I love this company and this pack. It holds all of the gear that I use and could hold more if I chose. It is comfortable and easy to adjust when wearing it. I use it in all 4 seasons and do not have a need to get any other pack.
I don't know what I would even recommend for improvements or changes to this bag. I like it being simple in form. I suppose if I were to get nitpicky, I can imagine a waist belt that had small web loops to hang small gear from. Or the sternum strap made of webbing instead of the current slides, only as a way to attach more gear. And within the lid pocket (or any other for that matter), a clip to attach keys or small carabiner. Or, just keep making this great bag as is!
This is a great company and bag. My friends all jab me for the external frame but it is the right bag for me. Wish I could just buy a plain old frame though to rehab my old bag.
Thanks and keep up the great work and customer service! Kevin W on Jul 10th 2018
I am a recently retired geologist and landscape photogrpaher living in Colorado. I have bought more internal frame packs than I care to admit. I have disc issues in my neck along with a degenerative condition in my lower back. This doesn't stop me but it slows me down. I recently purchased the Kelty Trekker 65 to try the external frame approach. I hike with it 4-5 times per week and up to ten miles on several occasions and no longer do I have tingling in my right hand and pain in right forearm. The frame keeps my back more upright and takes the load off my shoulders. This is not a cure but a welcome relief. Rod on Jul 6th 2018
Just received my new Kelty Trekker 65. I love it! I will say; however, it really isn’t that red. It’s more of a maroon/red. Now the pack Kelty made in the 70’s … that was red. Steve S. on Mar 23rd 2018
My first Kelty took me thru the Smoky mountains and the Pacific Northwest. Yes it was Red! After that my nephew used it his entire time in scouts including Philmont! Heck my brother still has the at his house and it is still in good shape! I love the red color and would happily buy another one! Go Sooners! on Mar 22nd 2018
Kelty has a long, rich history with red packs. When I bought my first Kelty (still own it), circa 1974, it came in green and red. I bought the green, but I’ve been waiting for them to bring back a red color. I’m all in for this one! Steve S. on Mar 3rd 2018
I like an external frame pack, and plan on buying this one, which is the best external frame on the market. But why not make the pack in a few colors? It shouldn't add much if any cost to offer the product in 2 or 3 colors. It would probably even increase sales to people that have strong preferences or aversions. This pack in green, black, or dark blue would probably sell well.
MD on May 31st 2017
Purchased in '13 after my old F&S died. Hiked from Daleville VA to Katahdin and returned the next two years to hike over another thousand miles. Many training and long weekend trips. Fell in '14 and broke lower section of frame. Replaced by Kelty at no charge, even for shipping. This year I requested new waist belt and shoulder straps as the original ones had lost their softness. I have abused this pack, loading to 52 lbs for the long hike through the White mountains. Many times loaded to 40+. This !at seem a lot, but I go !any days without a town stop. This is not a fancy ultralight pack, it is a workhorse and the warranty service is awesome. Loading up in a few days to do a 100 mile vacation trip. Thanks Kelty as I may never have to buy another pack. John Fleming. AKA "Hey Everybody" on May 19th 2017
Kelty produces quality products. I have been looking for an external backpack for a few years (since my last one rusted out from use). I was in the scouts and I had a grey pack. There were orange packs, bright green, yellow, blue, etc. My scout leader told me the next time I bought a pack to get a brightly colored pack. He said there were a few reasons for this (some of which have been covered by others on this posting): 1 - bright colors are usually not shot at by hunters. That's why hunters wear bright orange vests and caps. 2 - you can can use a brightly colored pack to signal a rescue party (if you find yourself in a bad situation). 3 - Earth tones and camo make you blend in to the surroundings. If you are hiking in Alaska, Canada, Maine, Utah, etc - this is not something you necessarily want to do. You want that bear with its cub to see you coming a mile off. Most animals will bug out if they see humans coming. Most animals will also bug out if they see a huge animal coming toward them colored red (red usually means poison in the natural world and most animals avoid it).
This is a trekker. Also known as a hiking/backpacking pack. It is designed specifically for that purpose. There are great bug out bags on the market. ALICE bags are one of them. This isn't a bug out bag. Also the scouts who don't want to wear them because they aren't earth tones really need to understand the points listed above. They could save their life some day. Especially if someone out there is lining up a buck with a 30 .06 and misses and you are standing in the line of fire behind it (looking all cool in your earth tones and newly red shirt - yes I know scout shirts aren't red. that's the point).
I gave it four stars because I am too tall for the M/L and cannot find an XL frame for a Kelty pack. It completely bums me out because these are a fantastic product. Color included. Steve on May 16th 2017
Read all the reviews here and all have valid points.
First you need to consider what you need this pack for - if it is for a hiking/camping/scouting activity, then RED (or any other non-camo color) is the way to go - this is Emergency 101: stand out. If you want it for hunting - then that's a different story...
Space is amazing - if you're a proficient packer, you can get all your stuff on the outside pockets and tie your tent outside which will leave the main pack compartment for your food and clothing - that's a TON of space. It is heavier than the Deuters, Gregorys and Ospreys, yes, but it is also a lot more rugged and able to carry load. Feels a lot lighter than it looks and sits very nice on your back. This is really a workhorse!
Ventilation? unparalleled as your bag will not touch your back - so lots of air flowing. No internal frame will match the airflow this design has - not a single one out there
Sizing - it can expand to different torso measures (not only height but width) and it has telescoping frame so you can get more room to attach things if needed or make it less bulky. I get a much better fit with this type of bag than with an internal frame.
Downsides - I like how most internals have belt compartments - this one does not. It's just a simple belt around your waist. Also not very bladder friendly - if that's a deal breaker for you. I am not personally a fan of plastic bladders. I like to use bottles OR an external dromedary bag - much more convenient to refill and easy to load/carry on the upper side compartment.
I'm a scout leader and I use this once a month on outdoor adventures - strong, smart, well-built pack and a lot better for my specific needs than an internal frame. Gru on May 9th 2017
I would love to buy this backpack, but I guess I'll have to wait (hopefully) for a more suitable color. -_- Adam on May 7th 2017