Kelty Tioga 5500 Classic External Frame Backpack

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Key Features

    Packbag Features:
  • Hydration compatible
  • Top loading
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Top lid pocket
  • Multiple zippered side pockets
  • Daisy chain and lash points

  • Suspension Features:
  • Adjustable suspension
  • Ventilating waistbelt, backpanel and shoulder straps
  • HDPE-reinforced waistbelt
  • Sternum strap
  • Belt stabilizers


Recommended Use: Backpacking and Extended Hiking
Item Weight: 5 lb 9 oz
Dimensions: 31" x 23" x 16"
Type: External Frame Backpack
Volume: 5500 cu in
Frame Material: Aluminum
Fits Torso: 16"-22"
Hydration Compatible: Yes
Access: Top Loading w/ Lower Sleeping Bag Compartment
Detachable Daypack: n/a
Sternum Strap: Yes; Adjustable Position
Torso Adjustment: Yes
Warranty: Lifetime

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Product Highlights

A trail-tested workhorse, the Kelty Tioga 5500 Classic external frame backpack offers heavy load hauling capability, convenient access points and fit adjustability. An array of features adds to the Tioga 5500's reputation for providing reliable backcountry performance.

The Tioga 5500 Classic's rigid aluminum frame provides excellent stability and support. In fact, if you're carrying heavy loads over well-maintained trails and even terrain, it's hard to beat an external frame pack. However, it is important to remember that the rigidity of an external frame can hamper flexibility for off-trail scrambling.

A fully adjustable suspension system accommodates torso lengths ranging from 16-22". The Tioga 5500 Classic's ventilated backpanel, adjustable dual-density waistbelt and padded shoulder straps work together to further enhance fit. Belt stabilizer straps help to transfer weight onto the hips and load-lifter straps let you adjust the "ride" of the pack. The Tioga 5500's adjustable sternum strap fine tunes the positioning of the shoulder straps across the chest to prevent chafing under the arms.

Equipped with many zippered pockets, the Tioga 5500 Classic allows you to separate and organize gear while providing quick and easy access to whatever you might need while on the trail. An integrated spindrift collar on the top-loading main packbag enables you to carry even more gear.

Other features found on the Tioga 5500 Classic include an enclosed sleeping bag compartment, a lid pocket, zippered side pockets, a mesh water bottle pocket, a daisy chain attachment system, lash points and an ice-axe loop. A lined internal sleeve makes the Tioga 5500 Classic hydration system (sold separately) compatible.

Kelty part number: 92658712 FG

Product Reviews

Average Customer Rating:
Kelty Tioga 5500 Classic External Frame Backpack

Average customer rating:
Number of reviews: 9

Individual Customer Reviews:

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  • Kurt F. Carmel IN

    Likes: Debated internal vs. external frame packs for a long time. I had been borrowing an internal frame from a friend and really hated the lack of airflow on the back. Not only did the Kelty solve that problem with a great system for keeping airflow between you and and pack, but I have found it to be incredibly versatile! It is not an ultralight pack, but is lighter than many internal frame packs I looked at. It packs well and has many adjustments that allow you to get a great fit. I love the waist belt tightening system. It has plenty of room inside the pack for most backpacking trips and room to attach more gear to the frame for longer trips if wanted/needed. Definitely recommend!

    Dislikes: The only complaint I had about the pack, which was pretty minor, is the width of the strap on the waist belt. It is pretty narrow. I think a slightly wider strap would be a little more comfortable. Overall, not a big deal and doesn't bother me too much. If it weren't for that I would have given it 5 stars!

  • . Ashland KY

    Likes: Everything, this is exactly what I was looking for.

    Dislikes: Nothing

  • Doug H. Harrisburg PA

    Likes: Top notch backpack. Large capacity, fully adjustable, and comfortable. Plenty of pockets and ability to lash additional gear onto the pack. I prefer external frame packs, and this one is excellent.

    Dislikes: -

  • . Grand Rapids MI

    Likes: There are few options for external large frame backpacks and the Tioga 5500 by Kelty is excellent.

    - Lots of pockets
    - Lashing straps
    - Sleeping bag compartment
    - Lightweight
    - Padded and adjustable shoulder and waist straps

    Shipping was excellent, to my door in 2 days.
    Reserving last star for after I actually get out and use it.

    Dislikes: Nothing.

  • . Braselton GA

    Likes: This pack is roomy and all the pockets are great for organization. It is easily adjustable to fit. I love the way the pack carries the weight. Same load from my internal frame feels much lighter. Well constructed.

    Dislikes: Nothing to dislike.

  • Stephen P. Myersville MD

    Likes: I LOVE this pack , it's hard to find external frame packs , and I'm sad to hear that Kellty is only making them in a very small number . this is the BEST external frame pack that I have ever owned . Tough , Reliable , Durable , and rides very comfortably . I cant even tell that I'm hauling a 70 LB load

    Dislikes: there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this pack . I just pray that Kellty keeps making them

  • Angel M. Hawthorne CA

    Likes: This pack has tons and tons of room to put anything you need on a hike inside. It is extremely customizable and fits me and even my dad who has a 23 in torso length. The pack is lightweight and comfortable and also has tons of room for clipping things on. It has a sleeping bag compartment. It is even hydration compatible. The only thing missing is the kitchen sink. Kelty does a great job with the customizability, comfortability, and large storage capacity.

    Dislikes: There is absolutely nothing wrong with this pack and external frame packs are the best!!!!!

  • . Pensacola FL

    Likes: Durable. Roomy. Comfortable to wear. Accessible pockets. Lightweight.

    Dislikes: No weaknesses.

  • . Palm Harbor FL

    Likes: Everything!!
    Lightweight for size.
    Lot of pockets and storage.
    Main compartment stays open for loading.

    Dislikes: Nothing

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