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For heavy loads and long trails.

Expeditions into faraway alpine locales and extended backpacking trips into the backcountry call for Kelty's Red Cloud Backpack. Its Perfect Fit Suspension system provides a fully-adjustable back panel that ensures a completely customized fit from the padded shoulders down to the padded waist belt. Perfect Fit also includes highly supportive Lightbeam stays, extra lumbar support, a ventilated back panel, and HDPE framesheets at the waist belt and back for the extra support that heavy loads require.

The Red Cloud features a traditional top lid access, with an additional front panel access so you can layer up or down on the trail with ease. The top lid converts to a daypack for smaller adventures once you finally reach the alpine. Kelty integrated a zippered pocket at the top lid for electronics, zippered side pockets for snacks, a large front pocket with organization for books and layers, and a pocket at the waist belt for energy gels. This backpack also features straps to lift loads, stabilize the waist belt, secure the shoulder straps at your sternum, and compress smaller loads for a secure hike.

  • Perfect Fit Suspension
  • Ventilating back panel
  • Two layer padded waist belt and shoulder straps
  • Lumbar support
  • Top lid converts to lumbar pack
  • Front panel access
  • Load lifter, belt stabilizer, sternum, and compression straps

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Hip belt showdown.

Hip belt showdown.

My Ariel 75 on the left has a much thinner hip belt than Dad's Kelty Red Cloud 90L on the right.


We've put it through the wringer now!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The Red Cloud performed very well all season and boy howdy, we kicked the crap out of our gear on our most recent jaunt.

I've mentioned our hellish bushwhack up Cataract Creek, well, the Kelty Red Cloud handled like a dream. We overloaded it, we strapped too much to the outside, we drug it through brush and alder fields so thick that I honestly worried we wouldn't make it out.

It's a beefy pack. Dad has the 90L and it's ridiculously spacious. I can't imagine opting for 110L.

I mentioned in my previous review that I had reservations about the short water bottle pockets. Dad had one Nalgene go rogue but he was able to retrieve it. Oddly enough, the lost bottle didn't happen when we were mired in the brushy abyss. Probably an anomaly.

If you have perfect recall, the compartments are an organizational dream. If you're like me, the compartments force you to unzip everything in a quest for one item. Dad has expressed liking the compartments but I did watch him rummage through his pack like a demented racoon a few times.

I'm still not wild about the thick hip belt.

The Kelty Red Cloud is a durable, economical workhorse.



  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

So I was bag shopping and one of my friends has a Kelty Flyway, I fell in love with it and searched everywhere and found out Kelty stopped making it. So here I go again, bag shopping. Ran into the Redcloud, read the reviews and decided to go with it. Best bag I've ever had, I was able to fit 2 weeks worth of gear (for 2 people) stay under the weight limit of 21kilos and was very comfortable walking around. I truly recommend this bag. Since returning home I've used it for my primary field bag and again super comfy, lots of pockets, love it.


Impressive Organization

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My old man really likes his Kelty Red Cloud 90. I was worried that it was too big but it is very adjustable and fits him well.
The compartments really set this pack apart. The side pouches are only sewn vertically so you can put long items like tent/fishing poles behind the pouch and into the water bottle pockets.

The water bottle pockets look too short, I'm used to the tall pockets on Osprey packs, I thought Dad would lose his Nalgene. I couldn't have been more wrong, his Nalgene was secure and we actually drank all of Dad's water first because it was a lot easier to get his bottle out.

The front compartment is really nice, it's loaded with different pouches and my Dad is keeping his gear nicely organized and readily accessible. The top pack has two compartments and is spacious, no complaints there.

I took off one star because the hipbelt could be nicer. It has really thick padding, Dad says it feels bulky and hot. He maintains that it's a really comfortable pack but says that he wishes the hipbelt was thinner/cooler. I agree with him, the hipbelt doesn't look bad, it just looks a bit old fashioned next to the much thinner belt on my Osprey Ariel 75.

The sleeping bag compartment kicks ass, the zipper is gloriously long and removing a sleeping bag is no trouble. I can't say the same for my pack, it's hard to get my sleeping bag out.

It's a great pack overall, we're pretty excited about it. Also, props to Kelty for offering gear in earth tones. We get sick of all the bright colors on outdoor gear, it's nice to blend in rather than see the woods festooned with carnival colors. Other manufacturers should take note.


Kelty Redcloud 90 is a great backpack!

    This is a very comfortable bag with lots of great features. This bag adjust perfect to anybody size. It is well worth the money and I would highly recommend it!