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Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack

Item #: 60678

Our Price: $179.97

Regular Price: $250.00

SAVINGS: $70.03 (29%)

Forest


Radial frame puts the load closer to your body for better balance. Vertically and horizontally adjustable suspension system. Padded pre-curved, yoke style shoulder straps. 3-layer padded waistbelt. Mesh backband. Two main compartments. One front pocket, one long side pocket, 2 short side pockets with water bottle holder. Internal divider/compression system. Made of 420 denier coated packcloth with 1000 denier Kodra® reinforcements. Import.
  • External frame with adjustable suspension
  • Removable waist belt and padded shoulder straps
  • Top loading design
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • 5500 cubic inch carrying capacity.

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Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Best Uses

    • Backpacking (3)
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    4.0

    Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack

    By Bigdogray

    from San Diego, Ca.

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          Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

          Great pack, Kelty has always made a quality product in the past. The buckles and padding in the shoulder straps and waist belt are a lot thinner compared to earlier versions…this is a concern with longevity and comfort. Great color and classic design and function, especially for lashing on and hauling bulky, heavy items. Comfortable...

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          5.0

          Great traditional pack

          By Whaler

          from Ohio

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Many Many Adjustment Poi
          • My Back Does Not Sweat
          • Not bulky
          • This Is Very Roomy

          Cons

          • Rain Fly Not Included

          Best Uses

          • 3 Or More Day Trips

          Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

          I am an avid backpacker and I do Search and Rescue. I use this for pleasure as it is more comfortable, roomy, and breaths great! I got one for my son and liked it so much, I immediately got one for me and gave up my old one I have sworn by for 14 years! It is one of the best fits I have ever found; (I am a gear tester for search & rescue equipment).

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          5.0

          Best buy

          By Bobbystick

          from Chattanooga

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dependability
          • price
          • Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

              Outstanding pack for the price, the best external frame on the market.

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              4.0

              Good pack

              By gorgle

              from damp cave

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                    Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

                    Bottom zipper is a little strange and can be difficult to zip at times. Other than that I have no complaints. Overall, great pack!

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                    5.0

                    Super Backpacking Purchase

                    By Chuey

                    from Sealy, Texas

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • I Grew Up With An Externa
                    • Lots of room
                    • Luv External Frame
                    • Plenty of pockets

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Great for weekends
                      • Very Comfortable On Hikes
                      • Very user friendly

                      Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

                      I broke into backpacking with an external frame backpack, so I love this Kelty backpack! It fits like a glove, very lightweight, and very versatile. Used it for a week at summer camp and had lots of positive comments from other folks about it.

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                      4.0

                      Kelty Tioga

                      By Chris

                      from East Fishkill, NY

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                      Pros

                      • g
                      • Light weight for size
                      • Multiple Fit Adjustments
                      • Well Made

                      Cons

                      • Easy To Overload

                      Best Uses

                      • Adult Size Pack
                      • Overnight Camping

                      Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

                      Well made product. After personal adjustments the pack fits well and is comfortable. Has plenty of room for gear.

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                      5.0

                      Older Designs Are Sometimes The Best

                      By BePrepared

                      from Alaska

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Organize
                      • Handles Heavier Loads
                      • Highly adjustable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Hard To Balance

                      Best Uses

                      • Backpacking
                      • Backpacking on trails
                      • Really Heavy Loads
                      • Scouting

                      Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

                      This replaces an older design Kelty that finally wore itself out over 20 years. It was my go to pack for trail walking and leading scouts. It didn't lend itself well to ski touring or rock scrambling, but ate up a lot of trail miles.

                      I like several improvements that are built into this one, most notably the water bottle pocket and the top map pocket (at least that's what I use it for). Also it seems a little easier to pack my sleeping bag into, though I'm not sure why.

                      It's still not easy to adjust, lots of fiddling, but it adjusts to unique physiologies.

                      It's still not stylish, unless retro is a style, but the design may never become obsolete.

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                      5.0

                      Love the Pack, Hate to see them go

                      By Scouter

                      from Lumberton, Texas

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Balanced
                      • Good Capaciy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Long Term Backpacking

                        Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

                        I am a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. My son and I backpack frequently on camping trips and have a major 70 miler coming up in June. While internal frames are the most popular right now, we still like our external frames for setting the pack on the gound in wet weather conditions. We also don't tend to sweat quite as bad as on internals. Great all-round pack.

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                        5.0

                        You can't beat the classics!

                        By ADK Dave J.

                        from Rome, NY

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                        Pros

                        • Comfortable For Big Loads
                        • Extremely Sturdy
                        • Great Water Bottle Pocket
                        • Well thought out

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • 2-4 Day Trips

                          Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

                          This is an updated version of the big Kelty pack I used for 25 years. I have an internal frame pack, but I find carrying a tent, pad, bear cannister, and sleeping bag just easier to pack and carry with a big external frame. Only used once so far, but the nylon material and frame are very heavy duty and I bet this will be the last pack I ever buy.

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                          5.0

                          Last of the big external frame backpacks

                          By cx500d

                          from N. Texas

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Color
                          • Comfy
                          • External frame
                          • Fits In Lg Osprey Airport
                          • Large
                          • Large pockets
                          • Mesh Back Pad For Cooling
                          • Nicely padded

                          Cons

                          • Hydration Sleeve Not Std
                          • Not made anymore

                          Best Uses

                          • Backpacking

                          Comments about Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack:

                          Last of the big external frames ~ 5500ci or ~ 90liters. However, it's got a to. Of external lashing space on top of the bag on the upward expanding top frame, as well as below the pack on the bottom part of the open frame. Got it while it was still available since it's not made anymore. These are more comfortable IMO then the big internal frames, wish they would still make these. Fits inside an Osprey Airporter (large) for extra protection when checking on an airline. The rings that hold the pins can be hard to manipulate for adjustments, but I guess it does ensure they won't come out; once you have it sized it won't matter. Large expanding sleeve on top. Separate compartment at the bottom for sleeping bag or thermipad if you choose not to lash them below the pack.

                          Wish the hydration sleeve was built for the more standard size (long, narrow) camelbak or osprey type bags, but instead it's wide(width of pack) and short. I got the mil spec camelbak 100oz antidote short bladder for it as the long std size bladders may not work well. The antidote lumbar reservoirs 100 oz or 70 oz actually should fit better than the mil spec, but I wanted the insulated tube and detachable mouthpiece on the mil spec that would cost extra on the lumbar std models.

                          Simply a great pack. If you want a large external frame, get it before they are all gone.

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                          • Q:

                            I have a Geigerrig heavy duty pack frame purchased from Cabela's 13 years ago that I have used for several years to back out meat, hides, and antlers on elk and deer. Can I mount the Tioga pack on my Geigerrig frame?
                            Asked on 8/12/2014 by Skibum from Carson City, NV

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The external frame would be able to slide over so you can mount the Tioga onto it.

                              Answered on 8/14/2014 by Matt from Campmor
                          • Q:

                            Is the bag removable from the frame (for washing, etc)? Can the frame be used w/o the bag for hauling cargo that doesn't fit inside the bag?
                            Asked on 8/12/2014 by Greg from Harleysville, Pa

                            1 answer

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                              A:

                              The bag is removable from the Kelty Tioga frame. The frame is not recommended for carrying large loads.

                              Answered on 8/14/2014 by Matt from Campmor
                          • Q:

                            Can the size be adjusted for a short skinny guy to a larger taller woman?
                            Asked on 3/11/2014 by AAP from Akron, OH

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The waist range on this pack is 26" to 48". and the torso range is 16-22 in. As long as either people would fall into these ranges the Tioga would work.

                              To measure torso:

                              Have a friend measure your back. Stand with your back to them and your hands on your hips like you are scolding someone. Your thumbs will point to a stop on your lower spine. Start from this point and measure up to the C-7 vertebrae, which is the one that sticks out of the back of your neck when you touch your chin to your chest. The measurement between these 2 points is your torso length.

                              Answered on 3/11/2014 by Steve from Campmor
                          • Q:

                            On the Tioga where is the water bladder sleeve located ?
                            Asked on 2/25/2014 by Glenn from Phx. Az.

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The reservoir sleeve is inside, back, top of the pack bag.

                              Answered on 2/26/2014 by Steve from Campmor
                          • Q:

                            What year is the frame, and what year is the pack? Is this the 50th Anniversary frame?
                            Asked on 11/28/2013 by None from Perris, CA

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The Kelty Tioga External Frame Pack is a 2013 pack. This is not the 50th anniversary Tioga though.

                              Answered on 12/3/2013 by Steve from Campmor
                          • Q:

                            is it water proof?
                            Asked on 11/10/2013 by tut

                            1 answer

                          • Q:

                            Can you tell me the measurements of the main compartment? The numbers provided in the detail description come out to over 11 thousand cubic inches. Pretty sure that's wrong. ��
                            Asked on 10/30/2013 by HikerBro from Houston, TX

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The Kelty Tioga's main compartment's dimensions are 20" H x 16" W x 10" D.

                              Answered on 11/1/2013 by Matt from Campmor
                          • Q:

                            Is the Tioga's frame the same as the Treker 65's?
                            Asked on 9/29/2013 by trail name "Wanderer" from Savannah, Ga.

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The Tioga has an aluminum external-radial frame, which has more suspension/adjustability capabilities. The Trekker has the classic aluminum external frame.

                              Answered on 9/30/2013 by Matt from Campmor
                          • Q:

                            Does the new Tioga have the through pockets on the side. It seems there is no mesh at the bottom to land long items like a fishing pole or long knife behind the long pocket or the other two side pockets like there used to be on previous models?
                            Asked on 9/3/2013 by Ron from Woodland Hills CA

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              There is no mesh pockets on the side for the Kelty Tioga.

                              Answered on 9/5/2013 by Matt from Campmor
                          • Q:

                            What waist sizes does this pack fit?
                            Asked on 7/4/2013 by Bryan from Louisville,Ky

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The waist range on this pack is 26" to 48".

                              Answered on 7/9/2013 by Matt from Campmor
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                          Size 31 in. x 23 in. x 16 in.
                          Weight 5 lbs. 13 oz.
                          Capacity 5500 cu. in.
                          Material 420D packcloth, 1000D Kodra
                          Torso Length 16-22 in.
                          Number of Pockets 4
                          Frame Radial
                          Additional Features Adjustable suspension, vertically and horizontally adjustable suspension.

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