Just like its bestselling big brother.
Kelty scaled down its bestselling pack, so you can enjoy the same comfort and convenience of an overnighter with the smaller capacity of the Redwing 32 Backpack. Perfect for gear-heavy day trips, travel, or light 'n' fast overnights, the Redwing has an HDPE framesheet that provides lightweight support for quick trips alongside a breathable Hex Mesh on the back panel, shoulder straps, and hip belt. You can also tuck the hip belt away if you don't need it when you're slimming down your load for a quick trip to the summit.
Kelty built the Redwing 32 with lightweight polyester and reinforced key zones to keep it strong for many years. A full-access U-zipper allows you to access the backpack through the top and side compression straps to make sure your gear doesn't bounce around while you hike. The Redwing 32 also features a hydration-compatible sleeve that doubles as a laptop holder when you're in town.
- HDPE framesheet
- Hex Mesh back panel, shoulder straps, and hip belt
- Hideaway hip belt
- Dual-use laptop and hydration sleeve
- Ice axe/trekking pole loops
- Hideaway daisy chain
- Side, water bottle, top, and front pockets
- Item #KEL004W
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I love this Kelty bag, its lightweight and small, but can hold enough gear and food for a few days.
I currently use this to hold all of my climbing gear in and works great. I have my rope in its own bag, if I didn't,this bag might not be big enough.
Overall It is a well made bag that I can see lasting for quite a while with the right care. (I own a Kelty Redcloud 5600 that is about 12 years old and has lots of miles on and is still in great shape.)The only downfall I see that could take place, is the mesh that is on the straps and back pad area of the pack looks like it could rip pretty easy. The mesh does pick up sticks and leaves pretty easily when you lay it down.
Not Bad, But Going Downhill
I've always loved Kelty -- their name was always synonymous with "value" as they always made affordable but quality gear. But I have to say, every generation of packs from them seems to be a step down from the last.
I have some of their gear from decades ago and it was stellar, but they just don't feel the same. I have a previous-gen 2014 Redwing 50 and it was a great bag, but it could not support much weight and the internal lining wore through quite quickly, but the exterior was still built with solid material. I saw the new 32 and figured I'd give it a shot since it looked nice and I wouldn't be putting much weight in this for an everyday commuting pack. The new poly material feels light and cheap, and the new hex-foam padding is very abrasive (which is why they usually put the foam inside other material or behind mesh). Also, the zippers aren't very fluid, particularly the front compartment pouch; there is a hidden grab-handle on the front of the pack, but the way it is sewn in protrudes behind the zipper and prevents the zipper from easily gliding over it. Also, the handle at the top of the pack keeps brushing the back of my head, which is getting annoying...
The bag is fairly comfortable and functional overall. It's basically a great $40 bag for $100.
Sorry I can't say nicer things about this, but the new Redwing line seems to be falling short of the previous generation. Kelty seems to want to retain their crown as the "best buy" of the backpacking world, but honestly I'd rather have them jack up their prices a little rather than use low-quality materials. It's too bad -- the Redwings would be a near perfect design if they just used better parts and invested more time in their harness system/fitting. I hope they improve over time...
Great Day Pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Have the Redwing 32 in twilight blue and love it! Has enough room to hold supplies for a day as well as some camera gear. Would recommend it everyone
Check out the updated Kelty Redwing 32!
travel and every day
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
what a great size! makes a great travel pack- carry on but is not too big for every day
great on the trail too!
A little sceptical
I have two Kelty packs-- a Coyote (I think) and a larger, older Redwing, which I love.
Looking for a smaller daypack I tried the Redwing 32. I'm not sure of the zip-around top main pocket so this time I'm going with Osprey.
Ponderosa Pine is a super color.