KELTY Yukon 50 Backpack

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KELTY Yukon 50 Backpack
 
5.0

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5.0

Still The Reigning Champion

By Badger

from Rocky Mountains

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Great Features

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about KELTY Yukon 50 Backpack:

      I regularly try new packs from every manufacturer out there. Continually searching for a pack which can rival Kelty's external frames when it comes to comfort, load bearing, organization, durability, and functionality. Still haven't found one.

      The Yukon and Trekker are as good as it gets with organization and access of gear. Love how you can separate items like ammo, first aid kit, fishing gear, etc. When you want to get to it, you don't have to dig through the pack. It is hydration compatible, but for people like me who prefer bottles there is a deep pocket which easily and securely holds my 40oz stainless steel canteen.

      The external frame provides structure, support, and keeps the weight off your back. The load is effectively trasfered to your hips allowing for comfortable balance and posture. It's an excellent platform for lashing other gear to. There is a sleeping bag compartment large enough to accommodate even a synthetic filled bag, but I don't often use it for that. I strap my sleeping bag and tent (wrapped in my pad) to the outside. This leaves me 3000 cu in of internal space for the rest of my gear.

      The fit of the pack is highly adjustable. It's often used for boy scouts because the torso length can be adjusted down and the load bearing capability is so good. However this pack is very functional for adults. It could literally be used for an entire lifespan.

      Durability on mine is rock solid. The materials and workmanship throughout the pack are robust. Unlike most packs, it's easily serviceable. The shoulder straps and lumbar belt are easily replaceable. Though after 7 years and several hundred miles mine are still in fantastic shape.

      The Yukon is also hard to match for ease of use. Doesn't required much special consideration when packing or unpacking. Doesn't require a bunch of straps to secure a load. Easy to take on and off. Easy to adjust. Once you get it dialed in to your fit, it's a simple matter of tightening/ loosening the the belt and should straps when you put it on and take it off.

      Now, what are the drawbacks? The packs are wider than internal frames. This keeps the weight near your body, but does prevent some extra potential for snagging on branches in dense foliage. A rain cover mitigates this to an extent. The slight separation from your back allows airflow, but means they aren't quiet as secure as tight fitting internal frame packs during vigorous movement.

      This design has been around for a long time and copied by others for a reason. It's not flashy or high tech, but it is one of the best packs ever made. One of the best choices available to date. Also, an excellent value.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Just right!

      By Andy

      from Indiana PA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great Features
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Camping
        • Hiking

        Comments about KELTY Yukon 50 Backpack:

        Even though this pack holds less, it still holds a lot. I've had up to 50lbs of gear in this thing. I took this pack on several weekend trips and hikes. Through dense woods and mountainous terrain. The external frame never got snagged or caught on anything. The pack distributes the load well. It holds well to your body and does not jostle around.

        Advantages to the external frame are plenty. You can strap things to the frame. It's very handy to transport firewood, or even another person in an emergency situation.

        The only disadvantage to this pack is "key ring" type of loops that hold the pins in. They can be a little time consuming when adjustments are needed.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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