User Review: Kelty Red Cloud 5400
Design: Internal Frame
Size: 5400 ci
Number of Pockets: at least 8, plus main and lower compartments
Max. Load Carried: 35 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'8"
This is a great pack. I've taken it on several trips, ranging from a quick overnighter to a week long Trans-Sierra trip.
It balances weight very well, is comfortable, has tons of pockets and is convenient and easy to pack. Compression straps make attaching tent poles, fishing pole, sleeping mat, etc to the outside of the pack very easy.
The front and side pockets are easily accessible on the trail for snacks and water. It can accommodate a hydration bladder, although I have yet to use one with it. I love the detachable top section that can be used for day hikes- it's plenty large enough for a water bottle, lunch, a camera, light jacket, whatever.
The only downside of this pack is that it's a BEAST. Taking it on a quick weekend or overnight trip is really overkill. It's much too big for that- if that's all you really go for, go with something smaller (unless you plan on taking your kitchen sink along with you).
For a longer trip, though- this pack is amazing. It can hold a LOT of stuff very comfortably. I love pretty much everything about it.