Kelty Red Cloud 5500



Done some day hikes with this pack. Will eventually…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Design: top loading with bottom sleeping bag compartment
Size: 5500
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs.
Price Paid: $90

Done some day hikes with this pack. Will eventually do longer and heavier hikes. Handled 20 to 30 pounds well.

To shrink the pack, mate the lid clip to the sleeping bag compartment compression clip and the pack compresses vertically automatically. Also, place the loadlifter strap to the bottom rung.

This review is for the old Redcloud 5500 (maybe 5 to 7 year old model).


I had my Red Cloud for about three years when it gave…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Design: internal
Size: 5500
Number of Pockets: 7
Max. Load Carried: 60lbs
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $135

I had my Red Cloud for about three years when it gave out on me. The fabric at the bottom end of the stay ripped out and let one of the stays fall out of the pack. Also, whenever I carried heavy loads in the rain the velcro tab that keeps the stays in at the top would break loose. Save your money and get a better pack if you plan on a lot of use.

Kelty Red Cloud 5500


The Red Cloud 5500 has been discontinued.

reviewers paid:
$90.00 - $135.00

The Kelty Red Cloud 5500 is not available from the stores we monitor.

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