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3982Re: [BackpackGearTest] Kelty_Coyote-RonMartino

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  • GearTester
    Aug 5, 2001
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      Good report. Thanks.
      Jerry
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      From: "Ron Martino" <yumitori@...>
      To: <BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2001 7:55 PM
      Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Kelty_Coyote-RonMartino


      > Kelty Coyote 4500
      > reviewed by Ron Martino
      > yumitori@...
      >
      > 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
      > regret.
      >
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