User Review: 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.