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Just used my Coyote 80 for the first time. Up until now I’ve used hand-me-down packs; mostly my Dad’s from the 80s and my sister’s from college around 10 years ago. Using this bag was definitely a welcome to the 21st century of backpacking moment.
At first it just felt like I was using an unfamiliar bag; I couldn’t decide where to pack things and my shoulders felt pretty uncomfortable for the first six miles or so. But as time and distance went on and I tinkered with the various adjustments and used various things and them put them away, almost without even putting much thought into these things, it gradually started to feel more comfortable and I started figure out the best place to pack things. By the end of my trip, the bag felt head-and-shoulders (haha so to speak) above any other bag I’ve ever used in terms of comfort.
My favorite feature would have to be the Ventilating Spacer mesh Backpanel. This feature actually allows for some space on your back to stay uncovered, lowering the amount of heat that gets trapped against your back. For someone who runs warmer in general, I thought this was an awesome feature for a backpack.
I also really liked the whole suspension scheme in general. It felt very supportive in the areas I needed it to be while still maintaining some give in others that allowed for a little more maneuverability and range of motion when needing to crouch, twist, lean etc.
Tom on Aug 2nd 2016
My old Coyote 4750 (2011) was deemed irrepairable by Kelty after 5 seasons of heavy use. They offered a replacement and I chose the slightly larger Redcloud 90 (2016 version). The fabric on the old pack was, and still is, buff, whereas the new Redcloud is certainly a lighter weight material. Seems like the newer has more petroleum synthetics whereas the original had more of a canvas type feel. The new suspension seems ok. it's important to watch the video and go thru the 4 steps as instructed. it's a pretty good fit if the straps are tightened in the order Kelty recommends. I tested it carrying about 47 lbs.
I'm a little concerned about the shoulder straps and the stitching. Looks like it will fail in 5 years or less if the pack is carrying 47+ lbs.
Overall, it feels a bit of a downgrade compared to my 2011 Coyote and I wouldn't strain this pack carrying 50+ lbs. over any length of time. 45, maybe.
Bob D. on Jun 7th 2016
Very comfortable for a big pack. Lots of pockets. Organizing my gear is very easy. There's a place for everything and I don't need to go digging through the pack to find what I need when on the trail. There are multiple ways to attach items to the pack and options for accessing the main compartment. Easy to adjust the suspension while wearing the pack. The ability to fine tune and adjust the fit while walking is a great feature, especially on the early days of a multi day trip when the load is heaviest. I expect this pack will last me a long time. ADR on May 20th 2016
I had a Coyote 80 for years. Its the best load hauling pack I have come across. Like most others the only thing I felt missing was bottom sleeping bag access. I saw they added it (along with some other bells and whistles) so I sold my old one and ordered the new. The material is thinner than it used to be. Not sure what it was previously but the new material is a setp down. The shoulder straps are flimsy and the mesh on the underside does not look up to par. The sleeping bag access is there. But what have they done to the suspension???? This new "perfect fit" suspension is system is confusing and terrible. I don't know what they are thinking with it because I did not like it in the least. I am returning the bag. All around it seems they took away the ruggedness and ease of use that coyote 80 has always had and replaced it with some ice ax loops and other bells and whistles and just an awful suspension system. Michael on Feb 10th 2016