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I love this pack! Great for weekend hikes and if you pack right, a little longer! Plenty of pockets for your stuff. The feature I like best is the daisy chain on the bottom of the pack in case if you want to put extra gear on it. Very tough pack, well made, great quality, wouldn't expect any less from kelty! Great pack!
Does this have zipper tabs that can be...
Does this have zipper tabs that can be locked? or some method of locking the main compartment?
The zipper pulls have metal cramps on the ends of the cord to make them more sturdy I guess. Having said that, I still think you would be able to get a small lock on the actual zipper. Just a small luggage padlock anyway or maybe even some zip ties. Hope this helps!
I have an older version of the Red Wing. It's the Red Wing 2900 from a couple years ago. I am posting this review because of how pleased I have been with the pack over the years. It is every well built. The stitching is very solid and I can even pick it up by the top handle when its fully loaded and it doesn't feel like the handle is going to rip off. It's incredibly roomy and fully loaded I can still get it to fit as a carry on in the upper bins. I recently used it for a 9 day trip around Argentina and it was perfect. It's comfortable to carry with a decent amount of adjustment options. The side pockets are large enough to fit a 16 oz Nalgene bottle. I will say it is slightly heavier than some other packs, but its because its built more sturdy. Plus, I am sure the newer versions are lighter than my older version. Overall, I have been very pleased with my Red Wing and would recommend the pack.
How big is the hydration pocket? Will it...
How big is the hydration pocket? Will it fit a 14" laptop? I am looking for a camera/laptop bag for travel that doesn't look like a camera/laptop bag. I have the North Face Recon (2015 CI) but want something a bit bigger, but small enough to carry on an airplane too.
The sleeve is pretty big. It will easily accommodate your 14" laptop.
On the 3100cu in pack. can you fit a...
On the 3100cu in pack. can you fit a camelbak blatter inside the hidration pocket and if so what size max?
Yes. A 3L bladder will work great.
I have used my Redwing (the last version) on several backpacking trips including the Grand Canyon and the Superstition Wilderness and I love it! It is so comfortable, I hardly notice I'm even wearing a pack. The straps are perfect. However, you do have to load it correctly or you can get some pull on your shoulders.
I have the larger one and it is huge! I easily fit all of my gear into it, including a sleeping pad, stove and pot, sleeping bag, clothes, food, water pump, jacket, 4 liters of water, and all the little essentials.
It also fits perfectly into the overhead compartment on any plane (and I've taken it on some pretty dinky ones).
I use this pack constantly on my motorcycle (grocery shopping etc..) and haven't noticed any wear or deterioration after almost a year.
I will say though, it isn't very adjustable; if I were any shorter (I'm 5'10'') the 3100 would've been too long for my torso.
Overall, I definitely recommend!
So Kelty doesn't make a raincover for this...
So Kelty doesn't make a raincover for this pack. Has anyone found a universal cover that fits well?
Many backpack manufacturers don't make pack covers but there are many other very good one's on the market. Look for one that specifically fits your size pack & is lightweight. Here are some good choices:
I have been using the standard kelty under 3000 cu pack raincover and it fits fine on the 3100
a bit bulky
Good solid comfortable pack for the price, fits my 6'2" frame well. Lots of pockets. My main gripe is that it is bulky compared to the more alpine designed packs which I am used to. When I have it filled it seems to sway more than I would like. That is personal opinion though. for most other stuff it works just great.
A little rock climbing
Ladders are for pansies. The bag was more than enough for hiking Cannon mountain.
I bought this for my husband to take out on our day-hikes and he loved it right out the Backcountry box. The pockets are conveniently placed and it sits super comfortably on him. He has never once had a complaint after six months of use (he loves it for weekend camping trips also) and that's the best review ever.
Good multi-purpose pack
I'm using this pack everyday to collect creek water samples in several creeks in the Idaho wilderness. Also for one or two day overnight trips. I can stuff a lot into this pack and all the smaller pouches are nice.
It's a comfortable pack and so far seems well constructed.
The only thing I would like to see it a better hydration pack design. It's merely a layer of nylon sewn as a pouch that I put my water bladder into. I wish that it was thicker material to protect the bladder from my gear and/or an insulated wall to keep the water cool.
Reliable as the sun
For all of it's flaws, I still love this pack for the simple reason that it is tough as nails. I bought one as my first backpacking pack and it saw many miles. It has a lot of organization to it with several pockets, nice compression straps, and gear loops sewn on the bottom (at least my generation did). Plus I LOVE the Schaefer cinch on the waist belt. Unfortunately the biggest problem with this pack is the waist belt. There is just not enough padding on it to carry weight comfortably. I moved to a Gregory as my multi-day pack, but still use this all the time for air travel, trail work, car camping, 4x4 trips, etc, etc... If I had to define the redwing, I'd call it a work/utility pack with a little bit of trail blood mixed in. Hats off to Kelty for workhorse of a pack with top notch quality for a very reasonable price.