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Travel can be amazing, but it’s tough when you head out on an adventure unprepared. Especially when it comes to a poor choice of backpack.

When you choose incorrectly or decide you’re happy with a cheap anything, you may quickly find yourself wishing that you’d invested in something better. You are after-all, literally carrying the weights of your decisions on your back.

So no matter where you are traveling, make sure that you have the appropriate backpack. The backpack model we’re focusing on today is one that brings home all the features you would need for a great trip. Seamless packing and comfortable transportation as well as a nice design and pleasing aesthetics are keywords here.

Kelty Coyote 80 Overview

We provide this overview so that by the end you will know enough about this backpack to make an educated decision regarding whether or not you’re taking it with you for your next trip. There is also a great review on


  • The backpack comes with a convertible sling bang which is extremely convenient.
  • Potential for a high level of organization with large pockets in the front, and organizers which make sure that your things doesn’t go anywhere you don’t want them to.
  • Aluminum back support allows you to carry heavier objects.
  • If you are also bringing along other equipment you can use the backpack’s external hoops to get everything mounted and carry it a lot easier.
  • The backpack makes sure that you don’t have to carry the entire weight of the bag with your back so it also features straps that will take some of that weight off you.
  • Adjustable to fit your own height meaning people of different heights to comfortably carry it around.
  • Allows you to carry up to 80 liters.
  • The back is constructed in a way that makes it durable. Weight of about 2.4 kg is balanced out through the extra support for your back and shoulders.
  • Detachable front to allow for easier transportation.

Why Would You Get This Backpack for Your Trips?

There are some really cool options with this pack such as the fact that you can detach the top of the bag and turn it into a smaller bag that can be used by itself.

There are quite a couple scenarios in which this function would come in handy in a big way, for example utilizing the second bag as a day pack, or for an overnight trip, without taking the rest of your gear. For example if you’ve reached camp and you want to take a short hike but don’t want to carry the weight of the entire backpack.

A Lot of Pockets for Those Who Like Organizing Things

The bag comes with a varied selection of pockets which allow the user to organize their gear in the way that they want to. Normally with bags you need to make compromises or at least split things into groups. This might make for quite a few unorthodox pairs in the backpack but you do what you have to do, right?

Well, you don’t have to do any of that now because the Kelty Coyote 80 comes with a ton of pockets; more than you would believe a backpack should have! Your gear can be organized in a way that allows you to grab whatever you need without having to mess up the rest of your bag, similar to how the front panel can be opened to permit access to the same commodity for larger items.

Support for Your Back and Torso

It’s very important to have plenty support when you’re carrying a backpack because otherwise you’ll just find yourself in a lot of pain. Depending on how heavy your pack is going to be, you’re going to need some of that pressure taken off your back and torso.

This backpack comes with straps as well as an aluminum back support. Both these features make the backpack a little heavier but in return you never feel uncomfortable with transporting larger loads over really long distances. The Kelty Coyote 80 is a bag we can recommend.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

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  1. I’m probably more the osprey market – I don’t use a backpack often and 80 would be massive for me. But a great review with lots of info for those looking!

    • If you do consider an 80 down the track definitely consider the Kelty Coyote :)

  2. What a lot of useful information. We don’t backpack hardly at all, but we do use the lightweight backpacking gear to travel only with carry-on.

    • Leightweight gear is great if you’re only traveling with carry on – I always dream of being a carry on traveler lol though to date have never managed to pull it off :D

  3. This is a good mid-sized pack – not too big, not too small. It works great for weekend treks but I wouldn’t really want to use it on longer trips. There is no divider in the main compartment so you may need to to take a bit of extra care and planning in how you pack it. I’m also in agreement with Brandon. The detachable lid gave us a bit of trouble as well. That said, the pack is lightweight and comfortable to carry, which are obviously very important considerations! It’s also pretty easy to adjust, even on the trail, so points for that. Overall, this is a decent pack for a good price.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience with the pack Lisa. Now that we’ve purchased a home, we’re hoping weekend trips are going to play more of a role in our travels – Tasmania has some great hiking too, so really looking forward to it!

      Will look to update with your points that the lid has given people trouble, and the lack of divider in the main compartment. If you’re looking for something to help with that, we recently picked up a tonne of different packing cubes from Eagle Creek (I went a little bit overboard :D). They’re really great for keeping organized if a space is too large.

      Glad to hear you’re a fan of the pack overall :) Happy travels!

  4. I’ve never carried my whole travel baggage in a backpack. But after lugging a suitcase around southern England for a few weeks, I’ve been thinking about making some changes for the next trip. I particularly like the separate small backpack, the pocket system and the weight distribution – it’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the design. I’ll be giving this one some serious consideration.

    • The separate small backpack is a big win in my view – makes it really easy for multi purpose trips without having to pack an extra day pack within your main pack itself. Pocket system and weight distribution are big wins too :)

      If you are thinking of switching from a suitcase to a pack definitely give this one some thought. Happy travels!

  5. Great review, it seems like a very good backpack. For me it’s essential to have the small bag for daily use and the many pockets to keep it organized. I am looking for a new bag, will definitely have a look at the Coyote.

    • Glad we could help Fernanda – if you’re looking specifically for a bag which doubles as daypack use, and pockets for organization this one is great :)

      Happy travels!

  6. I was just looking into big travel backpack, so I am glad to hear that Kelty Coyote 80 is a good choice. It seems they try to make it as comfortable for the spine as possible!

    • Comfort on the spine is a big consideration – they do very well in that respect.

  7. A concise statement of benefits: small carry away bag, many compartments, excellent support straps. Excellent piece!

    • Thanks Carol – glad the review was helpful for you :)

  8. That is certainly a quality backpack. The features that I really like though are the many pockets as I like to be organized when traveling and the fact that you can detach the top of the bag. I think I need one of those.

    • The detachable day pack is an awesome feature, and I’m an organization freak so I also love the pockets. I like that they’ve put a lot of practical thought into creating this design.

  9. Love the colors of the backpack but I must admit after years of backpacking I switched to a rolling one. My back can’t handle more than 7 kilo anymore, so I’m more comfortable with a small suitcase. But this one looks great, it would be perfect if they had a smaller version for cabin size…
    Excellent review, thanks for sharing, Meg!

    • Blue is a really nice classic color – never goes out of style or date! The rolling backpacks are really great too – we recently received a Grand Tour from Black Wolf which we’ll be reviewing soon too. Will send you the link – it’s a great backpack and comes in 60 and 85 :)

  10. Cool backpack review. I had never heard about this brand before, is it American? Australian? For me, having lots of pockets is essential but maybe I’d be happier if they have a 60l version. Thanks !

    • It’s an American company based in Boulder – glad we could introduce you to the brand :) The link for the Womans Coyote 60 is here is you’re interested:

  11. I’ve been an Osprey Backpack purchaser for years as I love how durable and lightweight their packs are. However this pack looks ideal for someone going on an extended trip. I think the detachable day-pack is a great addition!

    • Osprey is a great brand, one of our favorites too :) Yes, the detachable daypack is an awesome feature, I would like to see more brands start implementing this into their designs :)

  12. Thank you for sharing this! Looking for more bags like this in the net. I’ve been into hiking recently and I’m gathering the kinds of stuff that I will be needing. Anyways, awesome article!

    • Glad we could help with the decision process Carl :) Happy hiking!

  13. Great Post. It appears like a decent backpack. For me it’s basic to have the little pack for day by day utilize and the many pockets to keep it sorted out. I am searching for another pack, will observe the Coyote.

    • Thanks Christopher – absolutely, it has some really great features which are fabulous for functionality – can highly recommend if you’re searching for something new :)

  14. You help me a lot to choose the best train commuter backpack. Thanks, buddy.

    • Glad we could help! Happy travels :)

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