Kelty Coyote 4750 Extended-Trip Pack
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United States of Americaby Jase Luttrell
Posted: 31 August 2006

brainwavez.org Note: Today we are launching a new section on this site, "Eclectica". For weeks we argued about the name and wasted so much time that we haven't finished putting together the section, so fancy things will be coming soon. The Kelty Coyote 4750 Extended-Trip Pack is on sale at the moment, though, so it forced our hand and the section is thus born today!

Kelty Coyote 4750 Extended-Trip PackThis is the exact pack (down to the colour) that I used for my trip in New Zealand. I bought it in July, just before leaving on my trip (and not for the sale price, unfortunately!). I found the pack to be sturdy, affordable, lightweight, and convenient for backpacking in a foreign country.

The best part of this pack is the front-loading design. With this feature it's very easy to use the pack as a normal piece of luggage for loading and unloading your clothing when staying in a hotel or hostel. The two side pockets are capable of carrying a considerable amount of gear and are a great place to store liquid items, such as soap, sun lotion, and shaving gel, because, if the packaging gets damaged, the liquids won't penetrate into the main compartment.

The pack also has numerous hidden and protected pockets. In the main compartment there is a small area in which you can place a dress shirt so it won't get terribly wrinkled (that's what I used it for). In the top compartment there is a small pocket with a zipper and lanyard for securing any important travel documents. The front pocket has a zippered mesh pocket to separate clothing and other items from the main compartment, while still allowing for access to the main compartment. Finally, in the smaller front pocket, there is a small, felt-lined Velcroed pocket for protecting sunglasses. Also notable is the pack's hydration capabilities: it has two small holes for a hydration pack for people who might use the pack in the mountains or under more extreme conditions.

When I travelled with this pack I brought more clothing and items that I didn't need but I had plenty of room in the large pack. When I returned from my trip, I was carrying nearly 22 kilograms on my back, but I felt no strain on my shoulders or neck from carrying this much weight, because the weight was all evenly distributed to my hips and sternum with the use of the hip belt and chest belt. Though I carried 22 kilograms, I could have easily carried 22 more with this pack, and I recommend it for anyone who is traveling or mountain climbing.

From 25 August to 4 September 2006 REI.com is selling the pack at a US$40 discount, so I highly recommend that you take advantage of this special offer.


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Key Facts
Manufacturer: Kelty
Product Web Site:
Kelty Coyote 4750 Extended-Trip Pack
Price: US$150 [?] (regular price),
on sale at REI.com for US$109.99 [?]
Description: A traveling/hiking backpack
Specifications:
  • Material: Nylon/polyester
  • Approximate volume: 4,750 cubic inches/78 litres
  • Fits torso: 13-20 inches
  • Fits waist/hips: 30-50 inches
  • Number of pockets: 4 + main compartment
  • Number of stays: 2
  • Frame material: HDPE/aluminum
  • Average weight: 5 lbs, 6 oz/2.4 kilograms
  • Access/loading: top/front
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