I purchased the Kelty Screenhouse two years ago and…
14 April 2011
Excerpt: I purchased the Kelty Screenhouse two years ago and have used it about 2 dozen times. Set-up of this unit is a little tricky, but, once mastered it is no big deal. I can set up the tent solo in about 10 minutes, a little faster when I have help. Once set up the tent is taut and can be easily transported to the site of your choosing. The medium Screenhouse is able to fit over a large campground picnic table, but space to the sides is limited.
I purchased my Trekker for a 300-mile thru-hike of…
11 August 2010
Excerpt: I purchased my Trekker for a 300-mile thru-hike of the Long Trail in Vermont's Green Mountains. It was my longest backpack, I knew I'd be packing a lot of weight, and I needed a pack that gave me piece of mind on the trail. My first day's load was 47 lbs, and the pack distributed the weight well. The extra large hip belt cushioned the load and transferred around 80% to my hips; sore shoulders were an extreme rarity for me.
I ordered a Kelty Trekker 2 3950 two weeks ago, and…
24 July 2010
Excerpt: I ordered a Kelty Trekker 2 3950 two weeks ago, and my sons and I went on a backpack trip to the Shining Rock Wilderness, NC on July 21. The Trekker seemed to be very well designed, however on July 23 as we were climbing Tennent Mountain suddenly both vertical frame members broke, just below the cross member where the pack straps were secured. Hopefully this was an unusual frame material problem....REI is sending us a new one to replace the broken pack.
This pack is comfortable and carries a lot of gear.
17 November 2009
Excerpt: This pack is comfortable and carries a lot of gear. What more can be said. This pack succeeds where it needs to. It does weigh five pounds, but with hip belt sizes on most packs being so large, I would guess that most people are carrying an extra five all of the time. I would suggest loosing that five first. I have a long torso and am skinny. I have had difficulty finding internal packs that fit right. The Trekker 3950 fits a 20.5 inch torso great.
The "experts" will mostly tell newer backpackers to…
6 April 2009
Excerpt: The "experts" will mostly tell newer backpackers to get an internal for any number of reasons. This pack blows almost all of those reasons out of the water. I have spent whole weekends bushwhacking through tight underbrush, tree limbs, and thorns with only two major snag-ups... both of which would have happened with any internal I've owned. The ventilation to the back is beyond words.
I just got back from a 30-mile 3-day backpacking trip…
4 June 2008
Excerpt: I just got back from a 30-mile 3-day backpacking trip in the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan's UP. It was a great pack that held up perfect. I had plenty of space for all of my stuff and more than enough lashing space. It easily carried my clothes, food, tent, sleeping bag and also my sleeping pad. All in all it was around 50 pounds I would guess. The trail was tricky at times but the pack never gave me problems. What I like most is the waist strap and shoulder straps.
I have had a Kelty 3950 since Summer 2006. I have…
21 March 2008
Excerpt: I have had a Kelty 3950 since Summer 2006. I have since taken it on a weeklong trip to Isle Royale, many 3-5 day (20-30 mile) trips, and am currently training for our Spring 2008 trip with 70 lbs worth of dumbbells in the pack. I love this pack. I tried on all the packs in the store, with no notion of what I was looking for except the "most comfortable backpack in the store." With 8.5 years in the US Army Infantry, I know something about UNCOMFORTABLE backpacks.
I've been backpacking since I was still in my mother's…
8 March 2006
Excerpt: I've been backpacking since I was still in my mother's womb. I started using my own pack when I was around 6 years old, and have since been through a youth bag and a full size Coleman hand-me-down from my father. After two years in college, I decided it was about time for me to buy all of my own gear. I knew from the start that I wanted an external frame pack. It's all I know, and it has always worked well for me.
I don't know if I'm really qualified to "review" a…
4 December 2004
Excerpt: I don't know if I'm really qualified to "review" a backpack, but I used to backpack a bit when I was a teen. I don't remember what pack I had, but it was an external frame, probably not too expensive (I remember that it was bright red). It worked, but I have to admit that I didn't give it much of a workout, just a few weekends on the AT. This past summer, I decided I'd do some hikin' and campin' in the Adirondacks.