User Review: Kelty Red Cloud 5000 ST
Design: Top-loading internal
Size: 5000 c.i.
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 45 lbs so far
Height of Owner: 5'7'
Price Paid: $148
As someone who has done a lot of camping, hiking, and backpacking in several countries around Africa, I have begun to realize the importance of gear fitting properly.
Since I am fairly short for a guy, standing at a little over 5'7" with a short torso and fairly narrow chest, I find that most products are just too big for me. Usually the packs are too big and long for me, usually leaving me feeling like I borrowed my dad's jacket or something.
From the first time I laid eyes on this pack, I knew it was different. Here was finally a pack that could fit me. When it was finally mine, I test loaded it with my tent, stove, fuel, and some clothes to get a feel for it. After I got all of the straps set correctly, it was almost like I wasn't wearing anything at all.
For someone who was used to being keenly aware of the load on my back due to improper fitting, this was heaven. It was since proven to be durable, but most importantly, comfortable. Finally, a pack that could carry all of my gear without killing my back.
Of course, it looks cool too, which is always a plus. Its pockets are conveniently placed, and each are big enough to carry a wide variety of gear.