3982Re: [BackpackGearTest] Kelty_Coyote-RonMartino
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From: "Ron Martino" <yumitori@...>
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2001 7:55 PM
Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Kelty_Coyote-RonMartino
> Kelty Coyote 4500
> reviewed by Ron Martino
> We bought this pack at the beginning of the summer for my wife, who had
> decided she wanted to take up backpacking, after years of car camping.
> After some consideration at the local REI, we settled on Kelty's Coyote,
> based on capacity and price, oh, and the fact that she liked the looks.
> I liked that it both fit her and was comfortable at the maximum weight
> she would be carrying. She was tolerant of my request that she wander
> around the store carrying 30 pounds, despite thinking it silly. I
> insisted, though, so round she went while we drooled over, um, shopped
> for our other gear.
> Online, REI lists the Coyote under internal frame youth models, but on
> 5 foot 4 inch Peggy the pack was an equally good fit. The material is
> heavy duty nylon, just the thing for our sometimes rather careless
> treatment of gear, and my kitchen scale agreed with Kelty's stated
> weight of 5 pounds, 3 ounces. They claim 5 pockets, plus the main
> compartment, but, depending on how you choose to count, there's really
> more. The pack has two long side pockets, a back pocket containing a
> small zippered mesh pocket, while the top pocket is removable and
> doubles as a fanny pack - it too has a small internal pocket, as well as
> a key ring clip. Rounding out the external storage are two mesh water
> bottle pockets. There's integrated straps on the bottom for a sleeping
> bag, pad, or whatever, as well as a daisy chain, axe loops and
> additional webbing that allows even more straps if desired. The main
> compartment and top flap can encourage some serious overpacking if one
> is not careful. Both the shoulder straps and hip belt have secondary
> straps for perfect(?) adjustments of the load.
> I got to experience the Coyote first hand when my classic (old)
> Jansport external frame was in for a zipper replacement. Since Peggy was
> reduced to carrying a day pack, I got to see just how far I could
> overload her pride and joy. Forty pounds later I hadn't yet needed to
> extend the main compartment, though I did take full advantage of the
> webbing to add further straps. The first thing I determined was that
> this was definitely not a pack for my 6 foot 1 inch frame. My torso is
> just too long for the hip belt to ride where it was supposed to. On the
> other hand, after playing with the suspension system I was able to
> adjust - it was a very comfortable forty pounds. Time only allowed an
> overnight hike, but with the exception of additional food and fuel, we
> carried everything we would have needed for a much longer trip.
> Our experience this summer has been encouraging - the Coyote makes a
> fine pack for those with a smaller torso, and its capacity is quite good
> despite that. Some might find it over-engineered, however. Five+ pounds
> will likely seem high for the ultralight crowd, but it compares
> favorably with many similarly sized packs, especially for the price.
> Personally, I prefer the main compartment to be further divided into a
> couple of sections for better organization, but I suppose it all matters
> as to what one is used to. This is certainly a purchase we do not
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