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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kelly external packs This is my third Kelty external pack. I bought my first one in 1972 which I still use. The reliability and toughness of these packs are beyond awesome. I've hiked thousand of miles in the last 50 plus years with no pack problems. It would be nice lf REI would carry a few in their stores so people can try one. I would not be surprised if the sales increased.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For serious backpackers I have been using this pack for decades! I have loved it, and will be buying another one soon. This pack is super durable. After 25 years the only problems I've had are the fact that the shoulder pads aren't soft anymore, and a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the pockets to get at my trail mix. The fit of the pack can be adjusted to fit different body types. It may not be as easy to adjust as an internal frame pack, but once you get it adjusted properly you don't have to mess with it again. The pack is cavernous, especially since the sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, and ground cover can easily and securely be attached on the external frame. I will typically put my clothes in the lower section and small gear (headlamp, bug spray etc) in the side pockets, leaving the large upper section for stove, water filter, food, and any larger winter coats I might need. I have been known to attach pots and pans as well as spare footwear to the exterior straps too, on longer trips. Speaking of longer trips, if you're doing trips longer than a couple of days I highly recommend an external frame pack. The weight sits higher on your torso, which makes it easier to balance so your torso and back don't get as tired. There is also less weight being carried on your shoulders, so your back doesn't get as sore. My pack is fitted so well that I have practically no weight on my shoulders, the shoulder straps just keep the pack upright. And the large capacity of the pack means you can easily carry all the gear you need for a 2 week trek. Most importantly for me, At no point is the pack contacting your back, so you have total freedom of airflow to keep you cool. If you're doing any climbing or cross-country (where there are no trails) you will not like the external frame, as it doesn't feel quite as stable as an internal frame pack. Otherwise, go external!
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EVERYTHING I expected! The only negative point I have but expected about this pack is that it's not the lightest. I knew and expected that when I purchased it though so I figured I'd get that out of the way first. The space that this pack has to offer is impeccable. The pockets and the fact that it has an external frame was extremely utilitarian and offered many options as to how to pack and attach all of my gear. I wanted to really test this pack my first time out so I decided to fill it with everything I could fit in and on it. Enough for a 5 day car camping trip! My stats are interesting. I am a 5'-3" 52 year old guy with a fairly strong build at around 160 lbs. With the pack well over 50 lbs, I went on a short 7 mile hike into the depts of the Hoosier National Forrest for 3 days. I couldn't hardly lift the pack, but when I used REI's packing and adjusting information, I was AMAZED at how (relatively) easy it was to carry! I personally am extremely happy with the Kelty Trekker 65.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes every load feel lighter; amazing durability I agree with the other 5-star reviewers and will try not to repeat their comments. I switched from an internal frame pack several years ago and have never looked back. I love the organizational capabilities of this pack. Most importantly, the structure of the pack makes the weight feel lighter whether it's 30 pounds or 45 pounds. I have hiked extensively off-trail with this pack, and I've never had a problem with it hanging up on brush, etc. Finally, Kelty's customer service is incredible. A few years ago I had a very minor problem where one of the plastic plugs at the bottom of the external frame fell out. Not a big deal--I could have hiked without that plug for months. I contacted Kelty by email, and the next day SIX (6) replacement plugs showed up by Fedex Priority Overnight service. Of course, I only needed one because it has never fallen out again. I have used this pack for hundreds of miles of backpacking, and it shows almost no wear. If I had bought this pack when I started backpacking, I never would have had to buy another.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional ruggedness Like another reviewer, this is my third Kelty external frame pack; although my 1972 Kelty is still my favorite. I've carried extremely heavy loads in this new pack, purchased in 2011, and it's taken some pretty good bangs on rocks, stream crossings, etc.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect pack This rugged pack is just what I wanted. Extremely comfortable, durable, fairly light. One thing I like about it is that I can lift it by the frame to get it on my shoulders when I am tired. Also, I love the color.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from External frame convert I thought I would just reinforce what others have said. I have had several internal frame packs over the years and got a used Kelty Trekker to try it out for cheap. If I ever need another pack – which I don't expect – I won't hesitate to buy it full price. I would never go back to an internal frame pack unless I was going ultralight (not my style), doing a lot of hanging-from-the-edge-of-something hiking (which would probably mean I was also trying to go as light as possible), or going through miles of terrain with heavy brush or low overhead clearance. The pack does stick up and sideways more than most internal frame packs – which is part of what makes it more comfortable – so it is a little bit of a pain for ducking under trees that have fallen over the trail. But my shoulders feel 100% better with this pack than with my internal frames, even if carrying more weight, and the ventilation is great. Pulling the pack close with the load lifters makes the pack quite stable, so IMO the main downside in treacherous balance situations is having the center of gravity higher than in an internal frame pack. Also, I'm not a very organized person in general, but having a bunch of easy-access pockets on the outside of the pack turns out to be really awesome. There are a few modern conveniences I wish it had, like pockets on the belt, but those are picky gripes.
Date published: 2018-01-15
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Questions & Answers

what rain cover is recommended for this backpack?

Asked by: Rose
We suggest a large rain cover that will accommodate up to an 80 liter pack. Please use the following link to view our current inventory: https://www.rei.com/c/pack-rain-covers
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-08

 Can I purchase new shoulder straps for this Kelty external frame backpack? 

Asked by: Harry Logan
We do not carry replacement shoulder straps for the Trekker 65 Pack. We recommend contacting Kelty directly about possible availability.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-31

6ft 2in tall. Frame at longest. Waist belt in top grommet and bottom frame hole Shoulder straps at back still 6-8" below shoulder..cant remove enough weight from shoulders

Asked by: Richard
Based on the information provided, it sounds like the torso length on this pack may be too short for you. We recommend looking for a pack with a longer torso length for a more comfortable backpacking experience.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-15

For the size M/L in this pack, what is the max waist size and the 16 to 22 inch back measurement is from where to where. I have not been able to find a size chart here. Thank you for your time Brian

Asked by: blkdawg
This pack has a hipbelt range from 30 to 50 inches. The torso length is measure from your C7 vertebrae to your hip bones (aka the iliac crest). The link below will provide you with more information on how to properly measure your torso length. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacks-adjusting-fit.html#MeasureYourTorsoLength
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-07

Are there any tie down straps under the main body of the pack for say a tent or sleeping pad 

Asked by: Shawn Lewis
A tent or sleeping pad can be attached to the frame of the Trekker 65 Pack. Straps would have to be purchased separately. The Redpoint 3/4" Webbing Straps with Side-Release Buckles are a good choice.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-13
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