Kelty Redwing 50
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
Extremely durable bag. The main compartment is large enough to hold all your gear for a multi-day hike. It weighs only 3.9lbs empty. Lots of pockets for extra gear. Straps are well padded and will work for broader shoulders. Hip belt is well padded and extends to larger sizes as well
- Well built
- Lots of room
- Fits bigger people
- Sternum strap is built a bit high on the shoulders and can feel like it is choking you
Overall a very nice pack. I found the price point to be in-line with the market. I have trouble finding pack packs because I am tall and broad. (6'2" tall and 74" over shoulders, Yes, I am broad as I am tall). That being said I needed a pack with a more flexible load configuration. Kelty was the ideal fit. The shoulder pads are slightly tight under my arms, but the adjustable torso makes it easier to fix the problems I normally have. The hip belt actually absorbs a lot of the weight and fits my 40" waist with room to spare.
Tons of room in the main compartment. I originally was looking for a day pack, but opted on a bigger pack for a multi-day hike planned later this year. I have more than enough room and the low overall weight makes for a good day pack too. Material seems durable enough. And the zippers are nicely made and not flimsy. I have packed and repacked this bag, with various weights and find it accommodates everything well.
So far my only complaint is the sternum strap. Even though the shoulders will take a wider torso, the sternum is in a fixed location and rides close to the neck when loaded. While it doesn't actually come in contact with my throat, it gives a feeling of choking (even if just in your mind). The only thing I would change would be perhaps an adjustable point for the sternum. I am considering getting it altered to move the strap down.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60 (on sale)
This pack is a solid performer for a one- or two-day excursion. It has good capacity and a lot of useful features.
- Water bladder compatible
- Maybe a bit heavy
I got the M-L sized one. I am 6'2", with a long torso and it fits me well, altough I am definitely on the outer limits of the size range.
I drink a lot of water, so i like that it has a place for a water bladder and also has two external water bottle pouches. The main compartment is a good size and the smaller pockets are nicely placed and sized. Little details that this pack has are very cool—even if I do not use them. I like that there was effort made to make this a very versatile pack.
I got the pack on sale so I did not have a color choice and ended up with Apricot, i.e. orange. It would not have been my first choice, but it has grown on me and it is a practical color, I suppose, should an emergency situation arise.
Overall, I am happy with this pack and would recommend it.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $47.99
Fantastic pack for the money. Comfortable, rugged and stylish. I can fit a lot of gear in this pack. It still fits in my trunk.
- No rain cover
- No waistbelt pockets
Lots of storage and organization.
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Highly utilitarian, the Redwing has all the features and organization needed for simplified travel or an overnight on the trail With a full-access U-zipper, the Redwing works as both a top loader and a panel loader, adding convenience to any adventure
The Kelty Redwing 50 pack is a tried-and-true workhorse. This rugged and comfortable pack is a great choice for day hiking and also has excellent capacity and organization for urban adventures. Anatomically curved shoulder straps and a padded hipbelt help distribute weight for load-carrying ease. Shoulder straps, hipbelt and ventilated back panel are lined with moisture-moving mesh that dries quickly, helping you stay comfortable in the heat of hiking. Stiff single stay shaves weight compared to traditional stays; HDPE framesheet adds support. Sternum strap and load-lifter straps help balance the load; pulleylike Scherer Cinch makes it easy to tighten the hipbelt. Roomy, panel-loading main compartment features an interior reservoir sleeve and tube port for carrying a hydration reservoir (sold separately). Large front pocket contains an organizer panel with a key fob and map pocket. Organize small essentials in 2 zippered side pockets and small zippered front stash pocket. Attach equipment to the exterior of the pack with a daisy chain and an ice-axe loop. 4 side compression straps help stabilize the load. The Kelty Redwing 50 pack is made with rugged 420-denier polyester and reinforced with 450-denier oxford polyester.
The Kelty Redwing Backpack lets you go big on an epic day trip equipped with layers for cold or wet weather, gear for any adventure, and a big spread for refueling in style. Or you can stuff this versatile pack for a quick overnighter or fast-moving weekend. Thanks to its supportive harness system, whatever type of load you carry will sit stably and comfortably. Plenty of pockets, hydration compatibility, and exterior organizers keep the essentials easy to access.
Free Shipping. Kelty Redwing 50 Pack DECENT FEATURES of the Kelty Redwing 50 Pack Hybrid loading Hydration compatible Water bottle pockets Daisy chain Zippered side pockets Zippered stash pocket Large front pocket with organization Key fob Carry handle LightBeam single aluminum stay HDPE frame sheet Dynamic AirFlow back panel AirMesh shoulder straps, waist belt, and lumbar Scherer Cinch (US Pat#5,465,886) Padded shoulder straps Load-lifter/stabilizer straps Sternum strap The SPECS of the Kelty Redwing 50 Pack Suspension: Lightbeam Fixed Suspension System Body: 420D Polyester Ball Shadow Reinforcement: 450D Polyester Oxford The SPECS for S/M Volume: 3000 cubic inches / 49 liter Weight: 3 lbs 3 oz / 1.6 kg Dimension: 24 x 15 x 12in. / 60 x 38 x 31 cm Torso Fit Range: 14.5 - 18.5in. / 37 - 47 cm The SPECS for M/L Volume: 3100 cubic inches / 52 liter Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz / 1.5 kg Dimension: 26 x 16 x 12in. / 66 x 41 x 31 cm Torso Fit Range: 17.5 - 21in. / 44 - 53 cm