A long-trail pack that fits all you need, customizes to your body, and cushions the long over the long haul.

When a day, a weekend, or even a week isn't enough time on the trail, load up the extendable 80-liter ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail Backpack and remove yourself from civilization until you fill the void with a adult-sized dose of wilderness. Not for mere weekend getaways, this six-pound pack outfits the month-long treks you plan for weeks and then quit your job to complete start to finish. The top spindrift collar extends to provide more than 80 liters of space, but since its dual-density shoulder harness adjusts to fit your exact torso size you can be sure that all that weight doesn't crumple you in the first five miles.

  • 'Webbing Ladder' adjustable harness easily moves (without tools) to custom fit your torso
  • Dual-density shoulder harness feature SoftEdge straps, load lifters, and a sternum strap that cushion and properly angle the load without digging into your exposed skin
  • Triple-density modular waist belt, anti-sways straps, and a contoured lumbar pad with a ToughGrip patch help channel the heavy load to your legs
  • Dual aluminum stays anchor the weight and prevent movement while the Air Channel Mesh Pads on the back panel provide ventilation during summer treks
  • Top-accessed main compartment features an expandable top spindrift collar, drawcord, and 'Over the Top' compression strap to allow over packing, and it detaches for use as a lumbar pack
  • Bottom-accessed sleeping bag compartment and internal zip-out horizontal divider enable easy gear organization and retrieval
  • Six-pound pack features all the comfortable essentials needed to carry 80+ liters of foot, water, clothing, and gear for a week or more in the wild
  • Front pocket detaches for use as a sling-style day pack for shorter excursions to hidden waterfalls or hot springs
  • Nylon ripstop and a 1000D nylon bottom fabric provide the durability you need for the most rugged treks through the mountains
  • Included rain cover keeps the rain from getting into your pack and soaking your clean clothes and freeze-dried food
  • Hydration sleeve and port (bladder sold separately) let you get to your water while on the move
  • Top lid pocket holds a map and snacks, front kangaroo pocket holds a wet layer, front zip pocket holds small accessories, and two side mesh pockets hold water bottles
  • Compression straps lock down the load and attach extra gear while trekking pole/ice axe loops hold your tools when not in use
  • Top and bottom loops provide attachment points for securing even more gear when hiking the AT or Pacific Crest Trail
  • Waist belt fits 26-40in waists, but small (22-26in) and extra-large (40in+) waist belts are available (sold separately)
  • 14-22inch torso fit range fits just about everyone

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Here's what others have to say...

4 5

Met Expectations

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used the backpack during a 2 week backpacking trip, and i must say it held its own. Nice strong backpack.

5 5

Everything I need

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Outline: 4 pros, 2 cons and 2 tips

1. Two detachable bags. The top lid turns into a fanny pack and the outer bag turns into a small day pack.
2. Adjustable shoulder height. I made this shorter than I thought I would need after my first trek (been on a few with this now). This also encourages me to share the pack with friends!
3. The main compartment is huge! This allowed me to carry a 6 person tent, and when I couldn't roll/fold it correctly, it ended up longer than at first. But no worries, the top lid will go very high up to extend the main compartment upward, and the bottom compartment can be unzipped for it to combine with the main one = SO MUCH SPACE!
4. The price.

1. Not much modular storage to organize. With the top lid for FAK/snacks/comforts :), and the day pack for survival/navigation/katadyn pump, the main compartment doesn't allow for much organization. Since the bottom compartment's zipper is usually covered by a sleeping bag I keep campsite-only gear there. Therefore, everything else is stuffed into the very large compartment and easily lost, until I look a second or third time.
2. Like Eben said, the day pack is integral to the side straps. You know, the straps that hold in your sleeping pad or anything else that is long. Without the day pack, or if one buckle breaks, then the pack will be pulled to one side. Not a big problem, but he made a good point.

1. When the top lid is elevated very high, even above your head, you can cinch down on straps at your shoulders so keep the gear closer to your body.
2. By the way, branches tend to get caught on the lid and slap your buddy behind you. "Branch!"

Everything I need
Plenty of room to carry all you need...

Plenty of room to carry all you need...

And I especially love the included rain cover for when you are staying in a bivy sack with no vestibule. A little overnight comfort.

3 5

Great performance, with a few gripes...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First and foremost, I would like to point out that this pack has served me flawlessly for the past three years of hard use. This was my first internal frame pack, so I didn't know what to expect. First, the adjustable shoulder strap system is excellent. It has a wide range of adjustment and stays put. My only complaint is that I have to adjust it almost all the way down to sit the waist belt high enough, and I am 6'2". Shorter hikers may have problems with this. The size is adequate for just about anything you can think of and everything cinches down well. While ALPS does not use the latest high tech materials like other top tier companies, I find durability to be excellent. This certainly isn't the lightest pack on the market though, their fabric is a bit heavy. Their stitching could use a little work, so keep a sewing kit in one of the pouches. I have yet to have a seem blow, but I have backed up a few that looked iffy. One last gripe. I wish the front pocket wasn't integral to the compression system. It would be nice if it were removable. I find I rarely use it and it just get's in the way most of the time. However, it is nice to have it when you need it. Therefore, I think it would be perfection if they made it removable, like the top lid. I give this pack 3 stars (I'm a tough grader). It's nothing flashy, but it's "adequate for the job". Just what I was looking for! I'll be using this for YEARS to come.

I am considering purchasing the alps...

I am considering purchasing the alps mountaineering red tail pack, I would require a 40+ waist belt. How easy is it for me to get that item and how much extra would it cost? Looks like a great pack otherwise

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Your best bet would likely be to contact ALPS mountaineering directly. They have great customer service. I would get the pack and see if the waist belt fits you. I am a 33" waist and there is TONS of extra room on the normal belt. Best of luck! Cheers!

4 5

Good pack. Long trek friendly.

Really enjoyable pack. Haven't taken it into any severely cold climates but she has plenty of space. Comfortable and durable. Only down side is the smaller size of the day pack. But thats just looking for a flaw.

5 5

Solid, get one and get out there!

Very well made pack for this price point. I crammed a lot of gear and food into this thing and it helped me tackle a journey. Felt very comfortable...pulled a little on the shoulders, but not enough to detract from overall rating. Can't comment on waterproofing or longevity, only used once so far.