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I bought my first Kelty out of the guy's garage in Southern California over 50 years ago and have many hundreds of miles in the Sierra with it. Unfortunately when I go to finally replace it red is the only color. Seriously, red? I am giving it 3 stars because of the red (like others have done) Maybe Kelty product designers will take note. Also what designers and other backpackers should take note of is the external frame. I tried a very good "internal frame" pack for just one summer and will never use it again. If you are trail hiking external is THE way to go for many reasons. Unfortunately designers are paying attentions to the few who maybe climb with full backpack and not the great majority of us who will climb once ( and I mean rock climbing - not elevation gain) we get to our destination not on the way there.
The external frame distributes the load well to your hips, makes everything you pack MUCH more accessible than the one big generally top loading sack of the internal frame, keeps you cooler because of the air space between your pack and back, carriers more weight more comfortably. This pack deserves a 5 star but we hope you hear our thoughts on the red color. If you pay attention to the comment you will note the only ratings less than 5 are because of the color. I guarantee you would sell more with the tried and true green. I am almost embarrassed to be on the trail with a red pack but the pack itself is the most important thing so look for the guy with a red pack. I won't be hard to find. Mike Watson. on Apr 10th 2017
Great pack but. Our Boy Scout troop would have been buying Kelty backpack, but because of the two colors they currently have the boys are asking to have a different Company. please take this into consideration the next time you guys choose a color for your packs. Earth tones work the best. Scout master on Mar 28th 2017
Kelty external frame packs are simply the state of the art - nothing is more comfortable for carrying loads in the mountains. Internal frame packs are nice for posers, but are mostly just a PIA for all practical purposes - I know, I've tried them. I've been using Kelty Tiogas and Yukons since the 70's and I and my family have logged thousands of miles in them. I recently purchased a set of Trekker straps to replace seriously hardened older straps on two Tiogas, and will likely be buying more to spruce up the kids. I can't believe the number of reviewers whining about the red color!! My Tiogas are RED, and I like 'em that way - the color just might help someone locate me in the unlikely event I run into a serious problem in the mountains. It sure helps members of my groups keep track of each other at long distance, especially when kids are along. Unknown on Mar 14th 2017
It is a great pack, except for the color. Red, why red? Make it earthy colors. Mike on Mar 2nd 2017
I love the red color. It harkens back to the 1970's model D4 pack; but that one was really red; this is more muted. I would like to see pouch pockets on the hip belt. LOVE Kelty . . . THE ORIGINAL. Unknown on Jan 27th 2017
I'm in the market for a new bug out bag. If the Trekker 65 was available in more subdued colors I'd pull the trigger on it right now. Otherwise I guess the search continues.
Don on Jan 21st 2017
I've always loved the outdoors and from my ruckmarches in the army I spent months searching for a pack for my personal hikes and after all my research I decided with the kelty trekker 65 and I couldn't be happier I love the pack I can load this thing up with weight and because of how it carries I can do 10 mile hikes with ease I love my trekker 65 Sean Stouffer on Dec 27th 2016
I'd very much like to buy one of these packs for serious backpacking, but OMG not in RED.
Forest green, please, and you have a new customer. cg in Seattle on Dec 25th 2016
I am first sad to see a quality company that makes quality products start to go the way of the Dinosaurs. The only color that this comes in is Danger Red. When I go out and commune with nature, I like to blend in with nature. Not be visible for 18 miles away because my pack sticks out like a sore thumb. I cannot understand what companies are thinking with all of the Extremely bright colors. I go to nature to be one with nature, so I like colors that blend in with my surroundings. As the pack goes it is a Kelty, what more needs to be said. Kelty packs rock, except for the color. Jeremiah on Dec 21st 2016
My wife and I ditched our Internals three years ago for a Kelty Trekker 65 and Kelty Tioga 5500. We can wear our Kelty's, loaded to the max, all day long without shoulder pain. Could not do that with any of the several models of Internal frames we tried over the years. Unknown on Dec 5th 2016