Kelty Coyote 80 Internal Frame Backpack Review: A Top Performer

Kelty Coyote 80L Internal Frame: QUICK OVERVIEW

Review of: Kelty Coyote 80L Backpack

Category: Hiking Backpacks





What We Like

  • PerfectFIT™ Suspension
  • Integrated Daypack
  • Hydration-Ready

What We Don't Like

  • No Rain Fly
  • Zipper Pulls Keep Sliding Out

I have to admit I am more than excited to present this Kelty Coyote 80 internal frame backpack review. That’s not only because I have a first-hand experience with it but also because Kelty is one of my favorite outdoor gear brands. With a history of over 65 years, this is one of America’s most recognized companies when it comes to hiking equipment.

Having a capacity of 80 liters, Kelty Coyote is designed for heavy hauling backpacking. The presence of plenty of functionalities and rigid structure makes it most suitable for long hiking trips (7-10 days). What really amazes me about this pack is that it is relatively light for its size. It can carry up to 60 lbs of load.

Also, the Coyote hides some really cool benefits that makes it extremely sturdy, comfortable, and versatile. The question is - is this the backpack that you need? The answer lies in the details. And with this pack there are many of them. So follow me and let’s take a deeper look. I hope that in the end you will know if this is the right choice for you or not.

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Kelty Coyote 80 Internal Frame Backpack Review

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What first struck me about the Coyote 80 is probably the less important feature – the color. I admit I like the blend of green and blue. Even though I consider myself as a practical person and the color is the last thing I look when shopping outdoor gear, I was pleased by the stylishness of this backpack. It definitely looked sexy.

Who Is This Backpack For?

Keep in mind that the internal frame Kelty Coyote is big. It also offers plenty of opportunities for strategic packing – pockets, straps, and compartments. It won’t be far from truth to say it has all the bells and whistles you might need to participate in a survival reality show.

My point is that the backpack is most suitable for those who need to invest in a large and solid, yet highly adjustable and comfortable enough rucksack that will hold everything needed for a long journey.

I have a friend who used the pack on an 8-day trekking trip in the Italian Alps.

It’s important to know that when fully loaded the backpack may become heavy so you don’t want to use it for a light backpacking weekend in the local forest. When it’s not filled enough, it’s simply not comfortable because it doesn’t fit well to the body. The Kelty Coyote is created to endure harsh adventures and to carry a lot of stuff. It’s the best companion for those headed to long destinations who need to have enough food and gear.

What’s Included?

Kelty Coyote 80 contains none additional bonuses in the shipment package. I mention that because some backpacks come with a rain fly or a tarp. Don’t worry though. Continue reading and you will see why this is not relevant at all, given the features of the pack in question.

Features Overview

Overall, the features of Coyote 80 reflect its purpose – to be a robust and reliable backpack. The seemingly bigger technical specifications don’t have to surprise you. They allow perfect internal organization, steady fit, and impressive easiness of use. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s explore the backpack more in depth.


Let’s involve the numbers. When you load the pack, it will be 34” x 17” x 14”/ 86 x 43 x 36 cm.  As you can see, it is slightly bigger than a standard backpack but this is what you have to aim for when looking to carry heavy loads for extended overnight trips.

I already mentioned it but the Coyote 80 has a volume of 80 liters or 4900 cubic inches. Perfect for those who hate the impossible task of finding more space in smaller and stuffed packs

Weight & Materials

While many will consider the backpack heavy, it is in fact surprisingly light for its size. When the pack is not loaded, the Kelty Coyote 80 is 5 lbs or 2.4 kg. I have to tell you this is quite good considering the sturdiness and the overall dimensions.

Now let me explain about the materials. I don’t know about you but often I get lost in nomenclatures and technical terms that describe a backpack.

That’s why I will do my best to describe briefly the components that the Coyote 80 is made of in Layman’s language.

The fabric used is polyester with the metric 420D. The polyester is a largely used material for the fabrication of many items mainly because of its high resistance and ability to dry fast.

The often-unintelligible term 420D is simply a measurement of strength also called denier (D or DEN).

Without entering into more confusing details, let’s just mention that the higher the denier, the stronger is the material. In our case, 420D is typical for tough hiking backpacks, which is good enough.

The reinforcement fabric is Poly 75x150D Tasser Coal. Kelty are known for using only high-quality reinforcement materials that guarantee long usage and remarkable endurance.

half-full coyote 80 backpack

Here the Coyote is half-full.

Another solid material used for Kelty Coyote 80 is the HDPE also known as high-density polyethylene.

In simple words, it is an extremely strong thermoplastic polymer that is difficult to wear off. The aluminum frame sheet contains this fabric as well as the reinforced waist belt. 

I have to tell you when I owned this pack I was treating it rough by putting it on every surface imaginable.

I admit I was even throwing it occasionally. Except for a few light scratches the backpack was intact.

Comfort And Ease of Use

Now, you can imagine that when you are going for a multi-day hike, one of the first things you need to pay closer attention to is how comfortable your backpack is. Also, it’s important how well it fits to your body.

Walking extensively on difficult terrains with an unstable pack is horrible. I know it. Most probably, you know it too.

It doesn’t only slow you down but it can hurt your back. Moreover, accessing your gear quickly and easily at any time could save you tons of time and effort.

Let’s see what features Kelty Coyote 80 offers in terms of comfort and usability:

  • PerfectFIT™ adjustable suspension - this cool feature makes ‘Kelty’ stand out. This is also what makes me a fan of the brand. With PerfectFit, you can forget about meticulously measuring your torso length when choosing a backpack. You are able to make adjustments while walking with the pack on your back so it feels like a part of your body. There’s no need to stop, to take it off, and then to customize it. With a few simple pushes of the shoulder straps the packsack ‘embraces’ your neck and back. It adjusts itself perfectly, no matter the size of your torso. Cool, huh!
  • Breathable Backpanel - the ventilating spacer mesh doesn’t keep the heat, thus cooling you down while walking. I mentioned that I sweat a lot in one of my other articles so this feature is a lifesaver for me.
  • Load-lifter straps - these are essential for your comfort because they allow you to align the backpack to your spine. They are located on the upper part of the shoulder straps and are easily accessible.
  • Lumbar Support - most of the back pain comes from a lack of proper lumber support. A decent backpack provides such support and in the case of Kelty Coyote 80 this is a valuable fatigue-reducing feature.
  • Stabilizers - here I mean spacer mesh shoulder straps, waistbelt, and lumbar. At your disposal are also belt stabilizer straps that you can use for gaining even more stability. Make sure to adjust them accordingly and you will feel like the pack is part of your back.
  • Sternum Strap - for those of you that don’t know this is a chest strap (belt) that you must certainly use for extra support. Nowadays almost every hiking backpack have one but I needed to mention that Coyote 80 has it too.
  • Two Light Beam Aluminum Stays - they prevent the backpack from folding and keep it sturdy. Don’t forget to adjust them to allow a better fit.
  • Two Pick-up Handles - they are very stable so don’t be afraid to use them to control your backpack.

Compartments & Storage

kelty coyote backpack

PerfectFit Suspension and ventilating spacer mesh.

Kelty Coyte 80 is a multi-pocket pack that has plenty of room and storage space. As you can imagine, it’s easy to hold pretty much everything.

The better part is that you can access your gear effortlessly. Here I rush to mention some truly outstanding features so I will cut to the chase:

  • Three Access Points - you can quickly get to your stuff from the top, front, and bottom of the backpack. No need to search endlessly for anything only from one pocket. The front panel zipper allows you to open your pack without actually unpacking it.
  • Sleeping Bag Compartment - the space at the bottom is big enough to accommodate a regular-sized bag. Being able to put your sleeping bag in a pocket is comfortable, and it’s the best way to carry it.
  • Integrated Daypack - this is my favorite feature of the Koyote 80. The top pocket transforms into a separate sling pack with the blink of an eye. It’s not big but it’s not small either. You can easily put a jacket, a snack, and a bottle of water. Whenever you have to go for a light day hike or just want to explore the landscapes outside of camp, the daypack is always at your disposal.
  • Hydration Compatibility - Kelty Coyote 80 has a large enough compartment that is meant exclusively for storing a bladder. Staying hydrated during a hike is essential and with this backpack, this has never been easier.
  • Top Loading - I don’t want to forget mentioning that this is a top loading pack. On the top lid, you have a large pocket that is spacious.
  • Huge Front Pocket - this one allows perfect internal organization and has a zipper.
  • Zippered Side Pockets - speaking of pockets, the side ones are pretty useful. You can’t put anything there, though as I find them a bit tight.
  • Big Hip Belt Pockets - perfect for storing snack or a smartphone.
  • Stretch Front Shove-It Pouch – stretches enough to put whatever you need. I mostly use it for putting a jacket. -
  • Multiple Attach Points - with its straps, Coyote 80 offers the possibility of attaching external gear to the backpack. For example, you can put your mat using the vertical straps at the bottom. In addition, thanks to the pass-through space between the pockets you can store walking poles. There are also side compression straps and dual hide-away Ice Axe loops. So you can even attach an axe if you need to.

How to Use This Backpack

If you ask me, those types of backpacks must have a usage manual. Making a proper use of the pack and adjusting it wisely to achieve maximum comfort could be a challenge, especially for beginners.


Don't be afraid to stuff it - there's plenty of space.

The most important part here is to customize the Kelty Coyote 80 in a way that fits your body while thinking how to distribute the load evenly. You can do this since the rucksack has impeccable internal organization. Don’t forget it’s a big sack and it will feel most comfortable when it’s filled. Make sure to use the PerfectFit Suspension system as it allows the pack to hug our body.

Use all the belts and straps to stabilize it but avoid over-tightening them. Even though it might feel good at the beginning, it becomes painful for the shoulders and hips after a while.


In case you don’t need such a big backpack but rather prefer a smaller one that sill has all the comfy features, check out Teton Sports Scout 3400. It’s a 55 L pack that goes with an integrated rain cover and sleeping bag compartment. The price is lower too.

If you need more of a standard-sized pack for lighter hiking adventures, make sure to check my Sumtree 35L Daypack Review. It’s perfectly priced but it’s small compared to the Coyote.

Another great choice and similar to the Kelty Coyote 80 is the Mardingtop 65L Tactical Backpack. It comes with a lower price and it’s still a sturdy multi-day hiking pack. It’s not as big as the Coyote 80 though and doesn’t have all its features.



What is the torso length size supported by the backpack?

Does the Kelty Coyote 80 comes with a rain fly?

Is it waterproof?

What is the volume of water bladder that can be stored?

What is the maximum waist size the pack supports?

Final Verdict

That was a long review. I tried to be as thorough as possible so thank you for reading. To wrap it all up, I have to say that Kelty Coyote 80L is a great investment. It’s excellent for long backpacking trips thanks to the presence of many pockets, compartments, and its sturdiness.

What makes this rucksack stand out is the PerfectFit adjustment system, the integrated daypack, and the multiple access points. If you are searching for a big, yet comfortable and highly customizable backpack that is reasonably priced, you can’t go wrong with it. The customer reviews confirm it.

Kelty Coyote 80 will be your most reliable companion outdoors. Go and check it out.

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Asen Stoyanchev

Founder of this website, Asen is a passionate hiker and writer who is also a gear nerd. He’s been featured on many established hiking websites where he gives hiking advice & tips. When he is not trekking with his family or friends, he is writing articles and product reviews. Asen spends most of his time in Bulgaria but he constantly travels the world in seek of more unforgettable experiences. Read more about Asen here.

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Hanif - March 7, 2019

Heyyy man you just took me on a hike bro.now I feel like hiking again. You didn’t missed out on anything an i give you my full respect on that big impact. 10 thumbs up

    Asen - March 8, 2019

    Hi Hanif,

    It’s good that you feel pumped after reading this review. I know I fulfilled my purpose!

JeedaJoy - March 7, 2019

I loved it… So handy and great for my frequent traveling trips… Super!

    Asen - March 8, 2019

    Hi Jeeda,

    Keep in mind that Kelty Coyote 80 is big and robust. You’d want to bring it with you only if you have a lot of stuff to take.

Brian - March 8, 2019

This is an informative review; you give it fair comment. I have already had a 60L backpack, next time if I want a bigger one I definitely will consider it, thank you for sharing!

    Asen - March 8, 2019

    Hey Brian,

    Always happy to help! 🙂

Jivita - March 8, 2019

Hey Asen,

A nice review of Kelty backpack, and thanks for introducing Kelty.
Certainly has some great features like different access points, sleeping bag compartment at the bottom.
I think lumber support and stabilizers are some of the important features of Kelty backpack.
No doubt it’s a sturdy backpack but great that you have provided the other options also who rather prefer a smaller one.


    Asen - March 8, 2019

    Hi Jivita,

    The most important thing about a backpack is the comfort it provides. That’s why I tried to describe in detail what Kelty Coyote 80 has to offer in terms of stability and comfort.

Chuck Groot - March 8, 2019

Wow, thorough, easy to read and easy to understand. Thank you for a great site that I will be able to get some excellent information from.

    Asen - March 8, 2019

    Hey Chuck,

    Thank you very much for commenting. I did my best to create the more in-depth review of Kelty Coyote 80.

Dee - March 19, 2019

That was a good review. Very useful. I am particularly not interested in hiking but my wife has been on my neck for it. I will suggest it to her if she is interested then will get one. Thanks.

    Asen - March 20, 2019

    Hello Dee,

    You might want to wear the Coyote 80 backpack when you hike with your wife. It’s too big for her I think.

Marius - March 19, 2019

Great review Asen, you described any possible aspect of this backpack and even gave me alternatives if I don’t want such a big backpack. As camping and mountain enthusiast I think this backpack is amazing and it’s huge, you can fit a lot in there. That PerfectFit feature you described seems great and very useful as well. It’s great that you have shared what you don’t like about this Backpack. Keep up the good work with your amazing reviews!

    Asen - March 20, 2019

    Hey Marius,

    I enjoyed writing this review very much. That’s because I am a fan of Kelty Coyote 80 and I think more people should try it too.

Ultimatequotes - April 1, 2019

Great review Asen , I always follow your reviews . keep it up .

    Asen - April 2, 2019

    Thank you. Appreciate your feedback.

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