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Just like its bestselling big brother.

Kelty scaled down its bestselling backpack so you can enjoy the same comforts and convenience with the Redwing 32 Backpack for day hikes or travel. An HDPE framesheet provides lightweight support for quick trips while the Dynamic AirFlow covers the back panel to keep you comfortable. Kelty added some AirMesh to the padded shoulder straps and lumbar to help keep your shoulders and lower back dry. You can tuck the hip-belt away if you don't need it, and Kelty's patented Scherer Cinch system places the majority of your load's weight on your hips when you do need it.

Kelty built the Redwing 32 with a lightweight polyester and reinforced it with durable polyester to keep it strong for many years. A full-access U-zipper allows you to access the backpack through the top or the panel for your convenience. Side compression straps make sure your gear doesn't bounce around while you hike. The Redwing 32 also features a hydration-compatible sleeve, two water bottle pockets, a multi-purpose padded sleeve for your valuables, zippered side pockets, an ice-axe loop, and a daisy chain for dirty shoes.

  • HDPE framesheet
  • Dynamic AirFlow back panel
  • AirMesh Shoulder straps and lumbar
  • Tuck-away hip-belt with Scherer Cinch
  • Hybrid loading
  • 420D polyester body, 450D polyester oxford
  • Side compression straps
  • Hydration compatible (reservoir not included)
  • Two water bottle pockets
  • Multipurpose padded sleeve
  • Zippered side pockets
  • Ice-axe loop, daisy chain

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4 5

Returned it but durable!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Everyone's needs are different and I was looking for a decently sized pack to carry around throughout Australia while I'm living there for one year. I LOVED the Seaport color more than anything, it's really pretty and in my opinion, looked slightly better in person. There were a few things I didn't love about it, which led me to purchase The North Face Recon instead.

Though it was nice it had 2 cup holders, it's almost impossible to put two bottles in there if the 2 side compartments are filled with items!

If the 2 side compartments are filled, it makes the width of the pack rather wide and kind of bulky, it looked like a grenade backpack.

It's still a great backpack, don't get me wrong, but there's just a few little things that I felt stood out and didn't seem to be the perfect bag for me.

Has anyone visually seen side-by-side the 32 with a 44? The 44 is a too big for me, but the 32 seems to be just as big sizewise, which is why I am not sure (I am not concerned about the volume)...

32 isn't a bad size at all! In my opinion, anything larger than 35 is too large for me and becomes more of a backpacking bag for several days. Depends on your needs and wants but this bag isn't bad and is made of very durable materials. I just left a review on it, you can read more about my thoughts on it.

5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased the pack with the intention of it being used for longer hikes and some shorter camping trips, but I've ended up using it more for travelling for work than I have for the outdoors like I planned. Great size for a carry-on bag; I can fit my laptop, toiletries, electronics, change of skivvies/socks/undershirts, and also two 16oz. Nalgenes in the side bottle pockets (32oz. Nalgenes will fit, but make the side pockets unusable, see Jake's photos of the side pockets). The admin pocket does a great job of holding battery packs, the various electronic cables/headphones, and everything needed for a meeting. Perfect roadtrip partner as well, fitting in well on the passenger seat or on the floor between two people in the back. Great size for fitting everything you need for an overnight stop at a hotel in one pack; I've done two week-long trips on the road for work with this pack and my garment bag.

Overall, a great size pack with a lot of thought put into the design and the usual Kelty quality. Not sure there's a better do-it-all pack out there for ~$100 than the Redwing.

Pack with large bottles in side pockets

Pack with large bottles in side pockets

With 1.5L water bottles in the side mesh pockets the side pockets are restricted but still usable for some items like beanies, scarf, gloves, that kinda thing. Nothing major because the bottle pushes put on the side pocket. 1L and below bottles have not been a problem

Side Detail photos of Kelty pack

Side Detail photos of Kelty pack

markji100022385, to answer your questions. I have attached a pic of the pack looking from the bottom up through the slit above the mesh side pockets. It can fit a 1.5 l water bottle without trouble could probably go just a bit wider but certainly taller if you could find such a shaped bottle. No, it will not reduce the room inside the main compartment of the pack but will reduce the room in the side running zippered pocket. I have found with a 1L bottle I can still stuff a lot in the side pocket with the big 1.5L bottles I am much more limited in what I can use the side pockets for. To access taller water bottles from the mesh you just push the bottle up towards the top of the pack and slide the mesh under the bottle and pull it out from underneath. It is very easy and can be done with one hand.
To answer your second question. I am 6'5" so the pack runs pretty high up there on my hips but the waste belt is decently robust considering the size of the pack and for a man of your height I do not think you will have an issue. If you want to measure it out the back panel of the pack is about 24" tall and the hip belt is at the very bottom. Measure yourself from where you would like to have the pack sit on your hips and then go up from there- that will tell you at least where the pack will sit on your back and help make the decision if it will fit for what you want to use it for.
Hope this helps.

thanks for the great answers Jake. I've ordered the pack. One more: Do you know if the polyester material is coated for waterproofness (and maybe also DWR)? Or did you also get a separate rain cover for the pack, and if so which one? Thanks again

markji100022385- no I don't think the pack is coated in anything special. I have had the pack in very light rain and not much seemed to get through. I do not have a rain cover yet but it is on my list of things to find. I have had great sucess with NIKWAX applications on backpacks in the past. Of course it will not stop heavy rain as well as a rain cover but for the "ooops I just set my pack down in a puddle," type stuff it worth the $$.

5 5

Great multi-use backpack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have owned two Kelty backpacks and used them for many years. I use this Redwing for day-hiking, work, and travel. The backpack size is good for day-to-day. I have used it as a carry-on with international airlines with no issue. It has many well placed pockets on the top and side and the zippers are very quality "jam-resistant" if that makes sense. I have had the pack fully loaded where the pouches were bulging at the seams and the zippers were still strong and smooth. Inside the main compartment there is an insulated bladder pouch for hydration and it is also the perfect size for a laptop and holds my old 15" dinosour of a laptop comfortably. The top flap zips all the way down so you can open the entire backpack and get to things at the bottom of the pack without unpacking everything. The side pockets also have slits between them and the main body. This allows you to put large water bottles or trekking poles into the mesh side pockets with no trouble and they will stick out the top of the pack. the outside front pocket is an "admin" pocket that really was the selling feature for me. It organizes your tablet, notbook, pens, compass, or anything else you want stashed properly. It has a fleece lined pouch for your cell phone/ipod and a key ring. My iPad with a large protective case fits perfectly. To top it off it has 4x compression straps to suck everything in close.
The shoulder straps are basic but comfotable. Kelty does not tend to break ground with crazy space age suspension systems but their tried and true designs is why I keep coming back to their packs. The hip belt is sufficient for the sized pack and tucks away into the lumbar padding when not wanted. There is a plastic sheet style frame that is removable if you want to roll the pack small. Kelty gives you a solid product at a reasonable price and you won't be dissapointed.

Jake, good review. I have a couple of questions. When you say that waterbottles can fit into the stretch side pockets and fit behind the zip side pockets and be accessed from the top, does that mean full sized 1liter bottles or only smaller bottles? And does that reduce the space inside the main compartment or side compartments due to the bottles being pressed against them?
Looks like a good waistbelt but for a 5'10'' guy would it sit on the waist/hips, or ride considerably higher? I mean, can you transfer any of the load to your hips?
If BC gear experts want to weigh in on these questions too that's great. thanks.