This Kelty Coyote 105 pack is designed for heavy and bulky loads, with three access points and the usual Kelty’s great organization and features. It is suitable for extended backpacking and expedition tours.
Key features & benefits
- Plenty of pockets.
- Adjustable torso length.
- Very lightweight for its size.
- 3 Access points.
- Good price.
What this Coyote 105 pack is about
Kelty has completely reshaped (again) its famous Coyote series and these packs come in some new sizes. This Coyote 105 is now the largest of them.
So this is a pack with three access points, and these include:
- The top access under the lid.
- Side J-shaped zippered access.
- Bottom access.
The lid is floating and removable and it is designed to be used as a sling pack when you remove it. It protects the top opening where you have a standard collar and a drawstring.
The bottom access is in fact a zippered bottom compartment (picture below), but the divider inside is just a shelf with toggles and it can be open to access the stuff in the main compartment. In the main compartment, you have a huge sleeve for a reservoir.
Note that although it weighs 5 lb 8 oz (2.5 kg), the volume/weight ratio of this pack is 42 liters/kg and this is simply an excellent value. So this is an ultralight pack for its size. This is why I have added it to my list of best backpacking packs for men and also to best expedition packs.
If you inspect these lists, you will realize that this pack is among those with the highest volume/weight ratio. Yet, this is still a fully-featured pack with almost everything you need. I say ‘almost’ because there is no rain cover here, pity they did not add it.
Suspension and other features
The suspension is based on a lightweight perimeter frame plus a stabilizing vertical aluminum stay. The back panel is ventilated and this is what they call the AMP-Flow system. It is shown in the picture below.
The torso length is height-adjustable and you have the range of 15 – 20 inches (38 – 51 cm). It is based on a hook and loop connection (Velcro) so you can reposition and reattach it easily. This is what they call the FIT-Pro system.
All is generously padded as usual with Kelty’s packs. You have fine tuning with the load lifters and with the sliding elastic sternum strap. The front straps on the hip belt are V-shaped dual construction (visible above) that provides an excellent hugging of the hip bones when you cinch the belt.
Now be ready for this – there are 12 pockets in total and they include:
- Lid pocket with yet another zippered pocket inside.
- Two overlapping front pockets with vertical zippers, you can see them below:
- The pack comes with dual upper zippered pockets, you can see one of them in the picture below.
- The usual side stretch pockets are on the sides as well.
- The hip belt is with asymmetric pockets, one is zippered and the other is not.
- There are also two pass-through pockets behind the mentioned side zippered pockets, see the picture. This is a great feature, you can pass some long item here and store its end in the side mesh pocket, and it will stay fixed even without side straps.
Compression straps & attachment elements
You have a lot in this department as well:
- Dual side compression straps are in place.
- Dual straps for load stabilization are on the hip belt.
- Dual bottom compression straps are available.
- Dual enormously long daisy chains are on the front.
- Dual attachment loops are on the bottom, for poles or for ice axe.
Please see a bit more in this short video:
- Weight: 5 lb 8 oz (2.5 kg).
- Volume: 6407 in³ (105 l).
- Dimensions: 38 x 22 x 14 in (97 x 56 x 36 cm).
- Torso fit: 15 – 20 in (38 – 51 cm).
- Frame: aluminum.
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
So this Kelty Coyote 105 Pack comes with some excellent features, but you would not expect anything else from such a renown brand. There are 3 convenient access points, 12 pockets in total, and many attachment points as well. It is surprisingly light for its size and also very affordable.
This is a great pack for backpackers and explorers, it has plenty of features that I would love to have in an ideal hiking pack. Fully recommended.
Please see how I rate this pack against my standard set of criteria:
If this pack is too big for you, check this Coyote 65 pack from the same series. Note that we add new texts on a regular basis, so bookmark this site and check occasionally. There is a subscription form below for our weekly newsletter, so subscribe and stay informed. Have a nice day.