Kelty Coyote 85 ($205)

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4 lbs. 14 oz.

Polyester (420D)

65, 85, 105L

Affordable and family-friendly high-capacity design.

Only offered in one size, so it’s hard to dial in the fit.

Kelty typically is a good choice for those who are looking to get into the backpacking and camping spectrum, however we like their reasonable prices and durable construction. Its Coyote is their longest-running multi-day option, which is available in capacities that range from 65 to into 100 liters. The middle-tier model of 85 liters is an excellent choice for family trips and times that you have to transport large equipment. The Kelty is organized with plenty of pockets on the outside. The spacious storage with zippers along the sides resembles an external frame design. And it’s robust with its polypropylene body that is 420 denier. With a price tag of $205, the Kelty easily beats larger capacity models such as Gregory’s Baltoro 75 ($350).

For short hikes in the backcountry, with children with them The Coyote is well-equipped, however it’s not able to match the carrying convenience and quality of a higher-end model. The most notable issue is that the backpack is available in one size, making it difficult to find a tight and suitable fitting. When you add in cheaper foam for the shoulder straps and hipbelts and the Coyote does not perform well on long or high-mileage excursions. This puts it at low in our list However, it is a great choice for those who want to increase capacities and the value.