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Kelty Redwing 50 Backpack

by Kelty
239 customer reviews
| 47 answered questions

About the Product

  • Polyester
  • Take flight with the best-selling pack the Redwing. Whether your journey takes you to the streets of Chicago or the canyons of Colorado, the Redwing has you covered
  • Hybrid-loading U-zipper design works as both a top loader and panel loader, allowing easy access to all your gear
  • LightBeam single aluminum stay and Dynamic AirFlow back panel keep your load stable and comfortable
  • Hydration compatible ; Dynamic AirFlow back panel
  • Dimensions S/M: L x W x H x : 24 x 15 x 12 / Volume: 49 Liters / Weight: 3 lbs 3 oz.
  • Dimensions M/L: L x W x H: 26 in x 16 x 12 / Volume: 52 Liters / Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz.

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Product Description

Highly utilitarian, the Redwing has all the features and organization needed for simplified travel or an overnight on the trail. Full-access U-zipper, the Redwing works both as top loader and a panel loader, depending on whether you have the top compression straps clipped or not, adding convenience to any adventure. Organization is the name of the game for the Redwing with zippered side pockets, zippered stash pocket, large front pocket with organization for small items, and the large pocket on the top of the pack. You'll also stay hydrated for any adventure with the hydration compatible design and the water bottle pockets on the side. When you are on the go, the carry handle makes it easy to grab your pack out of where you've stowed it for your trip. Finally, the Redwing suspension is designed for all day carry comfort. The load is kept off your shoulders and support is provided with the Light Beam(tm) single aluminum stay and HDPE frame sheet. The dynamic Airflow back panel and Air Mesh on the shoulder straps, dual density foam waist belt, and lumbar pad will keep you cool when you are working hard. Finally, the load lifters/stabilizers, hip belt stabilizer straps, sternum straps, and waist buckle will help customize the fit and keep the load close to your center of gravity.

Dimensions S/M:
Length: 24 in / 61 cm
Width: 15 in / 38 cm
Depth: 12 in / 31 cm
Volume: 3000 in3 / 49 L
Suspension: Fixed
Weight: 3 lbs 3 oz / 1.4 kg
Torso Fit Range: 14.5 - 18.5 in / 37 - 47 cm
Hipbelt Fit Range: 28 - 46 in / 71 - 116 cm

Dimensions M/L:
Length: 26 in / 66 cm
Width: 16 in / 41 cm
Depth: 12 in / 31 cm
Volume: 3100 in3 / 52 L
Suspension: Fixed
Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz / 1.5 kg
Torso Fit Range: 17.5 - 21 in / 44 - 53 cm
Hipbelt Fit Range: 30 - 52 in / 76 - 132 cm

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 24 x 15 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00AAU281Y
  • Item model number: 22615213BK-P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,307 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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162 of 167 people found the following review helpful By unsatisfied on June 15, 2014
Size: Medium/LargeColor: Green Verified Purchase
I recently bought this bag and wanted to come on here to answer some of the questions i had and could not find the answers to before the purchase so here they are.
The hip straps ARE removable.
There are NO holes in the metal zipper to lock them aside from using the strings attached.
The metal spine IS removable.
There is also a hard plastic backing to this that IS also removable, however if you take the metal spine out as i did this is very handy to still have in as it keeps the packs structure.
CONTRARY to what Kelty say, The Regular rain cover will fit a fully loaded Med/Large pack completely, almost perfectly. (however if you intend to attach more things to the outside of the pack it will not fit.
You can finesse the straps so that they don't stick out and dangle so much as well if you plan to be throwing this on a lot of trains and planes.

All that said, i purchased this pack for a backpacking trip through some countries and had read that it was only a 2-3 day pack. Well, i don't know what people are putting into their packs for 3 days but i fit a solid weeks worth of clothing in here with extra socks, tanks, and undies taboot! not to mention all the other amenities you would take ( thin raincoat, pack raincover, camera, power converters, cologne, locks, toothpaste.etc.) and i still had some room to spare for a souvenir or shirt to bring back.

I wrote this 'book' in hopes of alleviating the concerns of anyone else who is thinking of buying this pack but like me wanted more info before spending the money!! Its a great - and roomy- pack!
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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful By MO Bibliophile on October 17, 2013
Size: Medium/LargeColor: Blue Verified Purchase
My wife and I both purchased the Kelty 50-liter models for a three week+ trip to China, Vietnam and Cambodia. My wife's was the model made for women.
We moved a lot, never staying in the same city/town/village for more than three nights. We needed something to hold our clothes but not too large to be cumbersome, comfortable to carry, able to fit overhead bins as airline carry-ons, overhead on trains, easy to carry on subways, buses, taxis and even tuk-tuks. We also wanted tough, smart construction with easy access to compartments rather than a top-loading trail pack as we often lived out of it without unpacking. Comfort of carry was a pre-requisite.
The Kelty Redwing did all these things very well. It is now our key piece of travel luggage. We had previously a "travel backpack" from a discounter (e-xxxx) that had great access but was impossible to carry any reasonable distance due to pain and fatigue. It was basically a suitcase with straps and was totally unacceptable and virtually unusable. We invested in Kelty after scouring through reviews which gave this model many props.
Never will we pay baggage fees or drag roller luggage over cobblestone streets or wet, dirty streets. Though my wife was skeptical at first, she too is now in agreement about backpack traveling which is great for me because now I don't have to haul her wardrobe which she doesn't wear half of around the world.
Great product, simple, rugged and good-looking with smart accessories, easy and comfortable to carry. Looks like it's going to last for years and we are going to put it through its paces.
Extremely pleased with our purchase. Highly recommend for like-minded individuals.
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Size: Medium/LargeColor: Black Verified Purchase
The Kelty Redwing 50-Liter Backpack fully deserves its status as one of the most popular packs ever made. With its durable 420D Polyester Ball Shadow body fabric and 450D Polyester Oxford reinforcements, its brilliantly convenient design, its acceptably light 53 oz. weight, and its ability to carry medium-weight loads (around 35 pounds) comfortably, this is an outstanding value that compares favorably against packs that cost two or three times as much. For those who want to lighten the load further, you can remove the plastic backsheet and aluminum stay, dropping the pack's weight to an impressive 43 oz. (1,222 grams, or 2.7 lbs.). Use a rolled up sleeping pad (I use the Thermarest RidgeRest Solar) to surround your gear 'burrito-style' in the main body and you'll still have outstanding frame-like support that carries so well you won't even notice the stay and backsheet are missing.

Here are the features I love...

One of the most obvious and desirable features of this pack is its lack of the dozens of pieces of webbing that dangle off so many other packs. There are two compression straps on each side of the pack, but the lower straps run behind/through the side pockets to keep the webbing tails out of the way, and the upper straps wrap over the tops of the side pouches. Assuming you know how to pack intelligently, this offers enough adjustability to snug up the pack to stabilize a load, but without the mess of strap ends that plague so many other packs (which usually have to be trimmed or taped up to make them manageable).

I prefer top-loading packs, but every once in awhile, you may need something from the bottom of your pack. In those cases, panel loading packs are usually more convenient.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gary P Dorn on April 15, 2013
Size: Small/MediumColor: Black Verified Purchase
I purchased the backpack over a month ago but had to wait for a friend to bring it with her on her return to Uganda. It finally arrived and I am very pleased. I am a missionary in East Africa and have made a couple of week trips in Africa since I arrived in 2011. Through a search in Amazon and other web sites I found exactly what I needed. It is the perfect size (and it is comfortable and the pockets are easily acessible) for the various means of transportation one has to take and traveling light is a must. I am looking forward to using it on my next trip, it will be much better than carrying a suitcase and a small backpack.
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