Put some stuff into your bag and keep on keeping on.
- The Redwing carries your gear or books comfortably with a lightweight suspension system
- LightBeam aluminum stays evenly distribute the pack’s load
- Stabilizer straps keep the pack’s contents from shifting
- Remove the waist-belt when you’re carrying less weight and you don’t want the belt digging into your back or flopping around
- Hydration-compatible sleeve and mesh water bottle pockets so you don’t go thirsty
- Venting back panel helps you stay cool on warm summer days
- Zippered side pockets keep snacks and rain layers handy
- S and S/M sizes have suggested torso fit range of 14.5-18.5in
- M/L size has suggested torso fit range of 17.5-21in
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I mainly got the 3100 for travel and when I did thought it might be too large. I took the hard piece of plastic board out to make it compress and that worked great. You can also remove the composite stiffener bar to compress even more. Still a little heavy, but comfortable.
First - sales guy on phone was awesome. Second - I work as a welder on a roof and spend my days on the roof or on the scaffold. my everyday carry work bag carries a lot of stuff and takes a beating. This bag is awesome. it's big enough for hard hat, extra clothes, food, water bottle, hand tools, safety gear, etc - and the waist straps make carrying that load SO much easier! also keeps it close to my body for climbing through doors on scaffolding ladders. The bag still looks new after a month of daily use. I have no reason to believe this bag won't last a good long time. keeps stuff inside pretty dry even in heavy rain. just used it as an overnight bag and was great for that, too. if you are looking for a big heavy duty bag that's comfortable to carry long distances (like my walk to and from metro every day, or over scaffolding, etc...) - buy this bag - it's awesome! the minimal degree of structural support is also a great compromise between a bag with serious structure and a bag with no structure. helps just enough with weird pokey loads and keeping the bag where it belongs in the center of your back.
Will this tent pack one sleeping bag (synthetic, mid size), one sleeping pad, and tent (North Face Rock 32), and other basic overnight gear for one person? Will be using for 2 day/1night hikes.
I would suggest looking for a slightly larger pack in the 65 liter size to carry that gear.
Like the kelty Pawnee, it is a bit taller that would fit your tent better.
This was my first real outdoor activity oriented backpack, I really beat it up and its still going strong. Materials are immensely robust. The suspension system, while it was certainly comfortable for me just starting off, would definitely not be too supportive if, for some reason, you swapped down from an Osprey, Gregory, etc to this Kelty bag. The bag has been in my gear closet for several years as a loaner and it serves very well.
After six years of use (including three summers/fall of everyday use in my outdoor education profession) the bag is still going strong with only a slight loss of material in inside front pockets.
This is a great do-it-all beginner pack. It has spent nearly a week with me camping out at a music festival in Belgium, two weeks trekking through the Himalayas, been kicked around airports from Kathmandu to Chicago, and took it all like a champ over the last six years or so. It isn't the lightest, but it is a great pack with tons of storage and bomber durability. Sure I have broken some buckles, one which was slammed in the door of an armored Land Cruiser, and another rocketed off after over-tightening it with frustrated hands in Yosemite, but alas, it suffered through. Now it primarily serves as my excess gear storage in my gear closet, and a loaner pack to those in-need. Overall I recommend the pack for nearly any general application.
The Kelty Redwing 50 has fifty liters of space and is a well designed pack. By the way the pack comes in two sizes. I like it for hikes as well as for travel and I especially like it for an emergency preparedness or 72 Hour Kit Backpack. Lots of ways to organize your gear; compression straps, loops, pockets, side pockets, sleeves , mesh pockets, storage sleeves, and an interior strap and a hook ( good place for my car keys ) . There is a row of daisy chain loops on the bottom to attach things to. This way you can clip or tie on something like a sleeping pad or attach something wet to dry while you are walking. There are two features to help cool you off; a venting panel and the airflow design.
My favorite part of this pack is the panel or full pack access zippers it is very convenient and much easier to quickly locate any piece of gear you need.
There is a hydration sleeve so u can have 24-7 water access ( with a water bladder placed inside ). By the way I dont recommend that you carry a regular water bottle inside your pack for your days water source, because I can almost guarantee that you will not drink enough water doing that. Instead, get a hydration compatible backpack like this and keep drinking water through the tube as you hike or walk. Especially if its hot outside and or you are hiking long distances.
This pack has an internal type frame for support and an adjustable sternum strap as well as an excellent waist strap that you can adjust in about 3 seconds or even remove and place it back on later. The very light aluminum bar, sternum strap and waist strap literally help distribute the weight and take the load off. FYI when you load gear into almost any backpack for best results the heavier items should be loaded towards the middle of the pack or higher up ( depends on the individual and what pack ). Also load the heavy items close to the inside part of the pack by the shoulder straps that is nearest to your back.
Kelty gives a lifetime guarantee on these Redwing backpacks and I wanted to see how tough this pack is. I wont recommend any gear unless I own it and use it and try it out myself. I tested this Redwing with; different gear loads, walking, hiking, running up and down stairs with it, etc. I also wanted to test its toughness so I loaded up the pack with mostly non-breakable gear and threw it down two flights of stairs. Then I threw it really hard out of a second story window ( I dont recommend that others try this crazy test ) I didnt find any damage anywhere. These packs are a great way to organize your gear and seem to be very durable.
I got my Kelty Redwing 50 about 5 months ago and have used it as a carry on bag for a four day trip, backpacking and am taking on a trip to Mt. Washington. For being a 50L pack it carries a surprising amount of stuff if you pack it efficiently. Placement of the compression straps is great hip belt is more than comfortable and the cargo loops and daisy chain are more than helpful for carrying trekking poles, ice axes or a snowboard. The only gripe I have is that the clavicle strap sits a bit low and Kelty hasn't seen fit to include pockets on the hip belt. Great bag over all.
Great travel bag especially traveling with kids!
got mine in black .... great size .... used mainly for work .... the comfort level strapping it to my back is fantastic ... cant wait for my first overnight trip and see how much stuff I can bring in this bag
Will this work as a carry on?
Yes, this will work as a carry on in most planes. Smaller planes you might have to gate check it.
Thank you Ian...!
Hey this is a great bag with very little flaws, very durable but at a price. The bag is a little heavy, but is great for those who want to get away from external storage and just use the bag to pack everything in it plenty of room with two good access points. It's missing the bottom access area which most people like to have for quick access to the sleeping gear. Over all great bag have used for many over night trips. I would suggest getting a rain fly for the bag those wish it came with the bag.
After reading a blog post at a business website written by a frequent traveler who uses a backpack as his only luggage on business trips, I went looking for a backpack that would allow me to do just that while also meeting my needs for a two-week vacation in Hawaii.
I have to admit, I was initially nervous about my purchase. It seemed a bit large to use as a carry-on bag in an airplane, and technically it is a little longer than allowed. (It fit well in the overhead compartment on the flight from LAX to Ohau, but I had to turn it sideways on the island hopping flights in the smaller jets.)
It worked like a charm. I was able to carry all my electronics (ipad, keyboard, iphone and accessories) as well as some notebooks, pens, etc. in the outer pocket, and I had plenty of room in the main pocket for my outerwear.
It also worked great for the daily hiking treks I took with my family of four on the various islands. We were able to get all our daily provisions in the backpack as well as swimwear and towels for our stops at beaches and other swimming holes.
Because of my destination and the length of my trip, I packed a suitcase along with my Kelty Redwing Backpack this time, but I'm definitely going to try to get by with using the backpacky as my only luggage on my next business trip.
Great backpack. After 10 days in Germany, I love it even more. It's cavernous, easy to get into, and is very comfortable with a heavy load for semi-long periods. I wouldn't hesitate to carry it for much longer than the 2-3 hour stints I've done so far. And it rides securely and with poise; when it was loaded lightly I even managed a few cartwheels after a couple delicious German beers. The apricot color is also very reasonable: not obnoxious, but very easy to spot.
First off I was surprised at just how much room this pack offers. It seems much bigger then the 3100 L. I used it for a 3 day get away and this pack had more then enough room for all my gear. Very easy on the back, comfortable fit, great suspension. The front loading design made it a breeze to access my gear, the side pockets are roomy and again easy to access. The staff at Backcountry are great as well! They answered all my questions, offered suggestions and made my purchase much easier. The Kelty Redwing is an icon in backpacking history and Backcountry is my place to shop for all my hiking gear.