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Hey everyone,
I've been looking at backpacks and have narrowed it down to two. The Kelty Coyote 80 or the North Face Conness 82. I have heard/read good things about the kelty,but can't find very many reviews on the Conness 82. Does anyone have any experience with North Face backpacks? It seems like it doesn't have as many pockets or as much padding as the Coyote. What do you guys think? Which pack would you lean towards?

http://www.kelty.com/p-661-coyote-80.aspx

http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog....ck.html
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TNF is generally overpriced.  I would go with the Kelty as long as it fits.  But really, if you have over $300 to spend you can get a really nice pack.

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How did you narrow it down to these two?  Have you tried them on?  How much weight will you be carrying?

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I need a bigger pack (around 80L) and was looking at packs around that general size. I've tried on the kelty and it felt good, but no local retailers carry the TNF Conness 82. Initially I was drawn to the Kelty because of the price, but I just got a gift certificate for TNF, therefore bringing the price down to that of the kelty. Generally I'll be carrying somewhere around  35-40 pounds.
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So I'm a big ol kelty fan, but part of that is everyone of them I've tried on has fit my back wonderfully.

My experience has been 100% positive with them, and my primary goto pack is the same Kelty Illusion I bought probably 6-7 years ago.  Carried loads from 15lbs to 50 lbs in it without major issues even though 50 is quite a bit more than it was ever intended for.

That said, if the Kelty is the only pack you've tried on, then I dont think you've got a wide enough background to give it the nod, try on a dozen of other packs and see if it still feels the best.  If so I say buy it without hesitation.

35-40 lbs seems pretty light when you are talking about 80 liter packs as well...  you sure you need that much space?
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I've used that same pack, and it's actually quite great. It has a great frame, adjustable, and generally just feels nice with a ton of weight in it. You really can't beat it for that price, or for any price really.
That, and Kelty really stands by their gear.
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Kelty has pack models that continue to sell year after year.   That's because they've hit some good spots on the price/quality/features spectrum that resonate with buyers.

TNF pack models come and go, usually without making a lasting dent in the market.  I'm not a TNF hater by any means.  They make some of my favorite bits of clothing.  I just don't think their packs are on par with the competition, and the short life of most of their model names seems consistent with that.

Those observations aside, what really matters is how it feels on your back.
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Buy the one that fits best.  Simple enough.

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As others have stated, fit first. That aside, between those two, I'd be leaning toward the Kelty. I personally hate pockets. The one pocket I did request on my last pack, I regret. My next one won't have it (a bladder pocket). I don't like "dedicated sleeping bag" compartments. I consider them a waste. That said, to each his own. I personally think a backpack is better when there are less seams, less stitching, less places to fail, stronger materials, and just made to fit right. Both packs must have at least 2lbs worth of bells and whistles each.

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I originally bought the Coyote 80 at a big box retailer as it fit very nicely.  Then when looked online for review, I was able using a 30% off coupon code to actually get two Coyote 80 packs at Sierra Trading Post for less than what I paid for one (even with coupons and discounts) at the big box sports retailer.   When I returned the original pack at the retailer, I gave them the option to match Sierra, but they declined.   Fortunately I had not taken the tags off so I had no problems with returning.  We've done some hiking with the Coyote pack and it seems decent.   Very adjustable so it seems like it will work well for us.   I wish it had a lower opening to put the sleeping back into the pack but it doesn't - oh well.  Lots of pockets and compartments inside and out.   I've not see TNF pack but the Kelty seems decent for me and the price was right - about $85 with shipping.
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None of the above, TNF most of all.

There are a lot more pack manufactures than those two, with far better products.

That said, my wife has two Kelty packs and loves them.


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