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Kelty Trekker 65 External Frame Pack


    Kelty Trekker 65 External Frame Pack

    The iconic Kelty Trekker 65 offers outstanding value. Its classic, proven design is coupled with modern adjustability and comfort features. See details

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    The iconic Kelty Trekker 65 offers outstanding value. Its classic, proven design is coupled with modern adjustability and comfort features.

    • Adjustable suspension conforms to a wide range of torso lengths
    • Large, top-loading pack bag sports multiple zippered pockets and a mesh water bottle pocket to organize your gear and keep it within easy reach
    • Adjustable suspension conforms to a range of torso lengths; tightly stretched mesh back panel, padded shoulder straps and dual density foam hipbelt offer ventilated comfort
    • Sternum strap, load-lifter straps and belt stabilizers help balance the load; pulleylike Scherer Cinch™ makes tightening your hipbelt a breeze
    • Separate sleeping bag compartment allows you to pack and unpack your sleeping bag without digging through the rest of your belongings
    • Hydration-compatible design features reservoir pocket and drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately)
    • Spindrift collar cinches down over the main compartment to seal out the weather; a hold-open bar makes loading and unloading easy
    • Daisy chain, ice axe loop and lash tabs allow additional gear to be attached to outside of pack
    • The Kelty Trekker 3900 is made from lightweight, durable 420-denier ripstop and reinforced with 420-denier oxford polyester for light weight and durability


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    Kelty Trekker 65 External Frame Pack Specs
    Best use
    Deluxe backpackDeluxe backpack
    65 liter64 liter
    3,950 cubic inches3,900 cubic inches
    4 lbs. 14 oz.4 lbs. 14 oz.
    2.2 kilograms2.2 kilograms
    16 - 22 inches14 - 20 inches
    30 - 50 inches30 - 50 inches
    Ripstop and oxford polyesterRipstop and oxford polyester
    Aluminum alloyAluminum alloy
    7 + 2 main compartments7 + 2 main compartments
    Frame type
    Backpack style
    Gear capacity (L)
    Gear capacity (cu. in.)
    Weight - metric
    Adjustable torso
    Fits torso
    Fits waist/hips
    Frame material
    Suspended mesh back panel
    Pack loading
    Pack access
    Number of exterior pockets
    Sleeping bag compartment
    Raincover included

    Kelty Trekker 65 External Frame Pack

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    Kelty Trekker 65 External Frame Pack is rated 4.5714 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from External Frame Pack Lives On I bought the Kelty Trekker 65 in order to retire an old Coleman Peak1 external frame I purchased in 1989. I was torn between upgrading my current internal frame pack with an Osprey or Gregory, but when reviewing all of my gear the Trekker would allow me to continue use of some of my older items. For example, you'll never get a synthetic filled 10 degree (North Face Bigfoot with Hollofil II is BULKY) sleeping bag inside an internal frame pack and have room for anything else. With both types of packs if I want to travel ultra light, I can use my down bag and internal frame pack, but if I want to load up with some of my older gear (bigger tent, syn. bag) then I have that option with the Trekker. Heck, the Kelty would also work great with my newer lighter items as well. You will appreciate the material quality and finish of the Trekker. It is highly adjustable, just don't cut your finger nails before adjustment because you won't be able to handle the split rings on the clevis pins. A small screwdriver saves the fingers. Once the clevis pins are adjusted and everything fits you, its there to stay. Suspension and padding are great compared to my old Peak1 and like all external frames there is just no end to how much stuff you can strap on if you're strong enough to carry it. Advantages over my internal frame are better weight transfer to the hips, cooler on my back, allows a more upright stance, easier organization and access of items, can carry larger sleeping bags on the outside. Disadvantages are larger packs hit limbs and rocks when hiking tight trails, and the balance isn't as good for rock hopping, etc. Oh, and you don't get to look all new and cool when packing an external. I'd say that most people that don't like externals have never owned one. Personally, I don't think my gear inventory is complete without one. So I say, buy one and try to wear it out! Thanks to Kelty for continuing to make these very comfortable and practical external frame backpacks.
    Date published: 2014-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you need, nothing you don't. I bought this bag for weekend camping and longer backpacking trips. I'm tall and have had a hard time finding internal-frame packs that fit comfortably, and was extremely happy to find a pack that allows so much customization for comfort at such a good price. My gear fits PERFECTLY in the pack - all of the compartments/pockets are great sizes. I'm working on reducing the size/weight of a lot of my gear, and my larger, heavier stuff still fits in there and won't break my back. Also, being someone who likes to stay organized in the field, I really like not having to store everything in a strictly top-opening pack that I have to dig through to find anything. I'd like to emphasize that this pack is a dream for the long-torsoed. The frame offers tons of options for comfort and customizing additional gear that may not fit inside. (I'd recommend getting some extra straps to attach a sleeping bag or pad.) I have one complaint and one warning: Those. Clevis. Pins. Will. Destroy. Your. Fingers. While I appreciate the customization options on the frame, my poor fingers were raw by the time I found the right fit and put the pins back in. I ended up bending almost all the pins with my knife and now most of them are warped. There must be an easier way... Apart from the obvious fact that it's external frame, the bag's a bit bulky and may not be ideal for car camping. If you're stowing lots of other stuff, you may have a hard time finding space in your trunk where you can still get to it. Overall, if you're into external frame packs, you can't beat this for the price!
    Date published: 2014-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old school? maybe, I'm impressed. Chose this pack over other internal frame choices. Been using a Golite Jam 2 (frameless, ultralight) This pack is alot more comfortable (for me)than an Osprey Aether 70 internal frame that I also used or the Golite Jam. Pack weight using the Trekker and Aether at the trailhed 31 lbs. with one liter of water on board. With the Trekker the entire hip belt encompasses your waist over your hip bones. With an internal the back of the pack is the back of the hip belt so there is a much greater contact area, hence more chance for chafing and pressure points and hot spots developing. With the Trekker the pack is suspended away from the lumbar area of your back. Back ventilation is great via a mesh panel stretched around the frame. The hip belt is very comfortable and well cushioned. The shoulder harness is well padded, adjustable and well designed. Items that are often wet (tent-(I'm using a Big Agnes Copper spur presently) and plastic sheeting ground cloth I strap to the frame under the pack bag in a stuff sack,very quick and easy. On the internal frame and the frameless Golite I needed to roll them up tight and squeeze them in elastic side pockets. I do not think the Trekker packs out any more top heavy than the internals although the Trekker does look a bit boxy. I think externals get a bad rap because they look dated, old school and boy scoutish. I absolutely agree, they do, and I wanted to like one of the internals better. No such luck. Three days and 25 miles later I'm keeping it and I like it. It's no nonsense functional. I'll wear sunglasses.
    Date published: 2014-04-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have only used it once. I purchased this pack so I could semi-retire a Camptrails Adjustable II pack that I bought ~25 years ago. The Adjustable II knows me and I know it and we are one. Therefore the bar is set very high for any Johnny-Come-Lately. I like the Kelty. However, it is different and I need to get used to a new pack that is not exactly the same as what I have used for 25 years. I have to find new places for items. The Kelty is extremely adjustable with respect to hips, shoulders, pack placement, etc. The straps are very well padded as compared to the graniteesque pads of the II. It is a very comfortable pack. The Kelty shifts differently when putting on and taking off, but I have already begun to adjust my method to work with the Kelty. The bottom of the frame is bent out away from the wearer and therefore it does not stand up leaning against a tree as well as the II does. The zippers do grab the fabric on occaision and that may become maddening with time but it is too early to tell. All in all, so far so good. I would recommend the pack
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great backpack I just spent 3 days backpacking in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness. I backpacked a total of 20 miles. The Trekker did the job without any problems. It handles big loads comfortably and is easy to adjust the load as your hiking. I just switched from an internal frame pack that I had since 1993 and wanted to try an external frame pack. I am very happy that I chose the Trekker for my new external frame.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. I'm 6'2"/230lbs, fits me just fine. It's a great pack. Holds weight well and is definately a quality pack. I also own two internal frames (other brands), a 50L and 55L. I use my 55L the most because I have a lot of ultralight equipment (but still a big dude) but I like this pack the best. If I could choose only one of the packs I own I would probably choose this one because it allows me to carry more than I need when I want to and just feels like it distributes the weight better. You won't go wrong purchasing this pack.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good pack, BUT hold open bar hurts back. I bought this pack for and took it on a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. The storage is adequate and you can carry a lot of things you dont need in the pack, which is great. It is by no means an Ultralite pack, but it serves as a workhorse. I ended up sending the pack home and I bought a go-lite Jam-50 instead. My big problem with this pack is that he "hold-open bar" attaches to the external frame in a place that is right on the inside of my shoulder blades and the ends of the bar were jamming into my back. After about 40 miles i had 2 irritated holes worn into my flesh, and I still had 60 more miles to go until Breckenridge.
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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