Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack
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- Multi-purpose backpack, the Redwing is designed for any adventure, from international travel to a day on the trail
- Ample organization and a convenient U-shaped zipper make this pack easy to use
- LightBeam single aluminum stay and Dynamic AirFlow back panel keep your load stable and comfortable
- Hydration compatible. Side compression straps
- Dimensions: L x W x H: 22 x 15 x 12 Volume: 44 L / Weight: 3 lb 3 oz.
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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. Length: 22 in / 56 cm Width: 15 in / 38 cm Depth: 12 in / 31 cm Volume: 2700 in3 / 44 L Weight: 3 lb 3 oz / 1.4 kg Suspension: Fixed Torso Fit Range: 14.5 - 18.5 in / 37 - 47 cm Hipbelt Fit Range: 28 - 46 in / 71 - 116 cm
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I switched to this bag from a bigger drawstring style bag and I regret not making the switch sooner. The Redwing held up great against all the abuse I threw at it, and isn't showing any sign of wear at all. The design is very smart - I was traveling with 2 folders of documents, an 11" laptop, 3 packing cubes of clothes (2 pants, 7 t shirts, 4 button up shirts, wool long t shirt and leggings, 3 pair shorts, 7 pair socks, 7 underwear) head lamp, kindle, assorted electronic accessories, mirrorless camera with standard and telephoto lens, toiletries, rain cover, thick leather moto jacket, and a leather messenger bag. Everything fit into the bag no problem and I was very happy with how accessible everything was. There's enough pockets/compartments for everything to have a spot, without being just a mess of zippers and velcro. Build quality is very good.
This is not the most technical of bags for camping or long back coutnry treks, but is perfect for long-term, adventure oriented travel and will perform fantastically in all but a handful of situations. This backpack is always an asset and never a hindrance.
I chose this backpack after much research because i like that the zipper opened all the way down on both sides. it gave me easy access to all my stuff during out travels and was especially useful in my 30 day backpacking trip through Europe. I also love how it doesnt hurt my back, the backpack is built in a way that when you buckle everything up, the weight is distributed so well that i can carry 50lbs on my back and not feel strained.
This is probably one of the best things i've ever bought from Amazon and I'm excited to use it again in a couple of days on my trip to eastern europe.
Very well made and durable
Fit in overhead bins on planes carry on size.
Comfortable waistband and highly adjustable.
Not a big bulky pack. Compression straps on the packs worked well.
Exterior handles work well if you want to carry your bags.
Used packing cubes inside the bags to increase organization.
None we could think of
Would definitely buy again.
Almost a year ago, I was looking for a pack and couldn't decide between the 50 or the 44. I wanted something to use as a carry on for the plane that could double as a backpacking pack. I ended up choosing the 2016 version of the 44. Upon arrival, I was surprised to find that the 44 was a lot smaller than I thought it would be. I ended up returning it because of this, and because the straps and hip belt felt too thick and chunky to easily fold up for putting it in the overhead compartment. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I found the Redwing 50 at a good price on eBay and picked it up. When it arrived, I was surprised to find how colossal it seemed. I decided to just give in and also pick up the 44 on Amazon to compare the two.
In my pictures, I have packed both Redwings to the maximum for all pockets. For comparison, I have included a Samsonite luggage that I used on a recent trip to Hawaii. It was definitely on the larger side for a carry on size, and I had difficulty finding space for it in the larger overhead compartment with other suitcases. In fact, it may have been a tad over the limit. Dimensions of the Samsonite bag are: 22 1/8 in x 14 3/8 x 9 1/2 in.
1. When packed full, the 44 is more egg-shaped while the 50 is more oval. I didn't expect that.
2. I would not recommend the 50 as a carry on (unless your airline allows those dimensions). I was easily able to fit two standard size bed pillows into the main pocket with room to spare. As you can see from the photos, the 50 is taller than my Samsonite. While you can pack less in the 50 to decrease its dimensions, the back of the pack has a plastic plate and an aluminum stay that is a fixed size, making it too tall for most airline carry ons. However, the 50 is a great size for my backpacking/camping needs. I can fit a full (compressed) Military Modular Sleep System in there with room for my cook kit, clothes, tent, and food. I suspect it would also work well for traveling abroad for a long time, but would probably need to be checked in at the airport.
3. The 44 is great size for a carry on. As you can see in the photos, the 44 is very comparable in size to the Samsonite, even a bit smaller. However, when packed full, it is too thick for carry on. I would say that the Redwing 44 is a great carry on backpack but if you don't mind a rolling suitcase, a rectangular shape would be a more efficient use of volume. In terms of backpacking/camping, this pack is too small for me. My camping gear is on the inexpensive side, meaning that my sleeping bag and tent do not pack down small. If you have gear that packs down small, and/or hammock or tarp camp, this may work for you. I was able to fit two standard size bed pillows in the main pocket, but it took more effort to squeeze it in towards the top.
4. I prefer these models to the 2016 Redwings. I remember that the first 44 I picked up felt like it had stiffer and slightly thicker straps and hip belts than these ones. I find that these older Redwings are already well padded, and sufficient. In my short tests, they felt very comfortable to walk around with with 20 lbs loads. The hip belts are also easier to fold up, which would be helpful when putting them into an overhead compartment. Additionally, the 2016 Redwing has a hex mesh design for breathability. While I can't attest to how that aspect performs in comparison, I remember that it easily snagged on things, like my jacket zipper.
5. I am 5'5", and the 44 fits my body much more comfortably. The 50 is a S/M, and can accommodate my torso size, but when I tilt my head back a bit, it hits the aluminum stay and plastic plate.
In conclusion, it seems that I will be keeping both the 50 and the 44. While I was hoping to have only one pack for both carry on and camping usage, the Redwing is such a great design that I can't bring myself to give one up.
I may add photos of me with the packs on later.
Again, I have not used either of the packs at the airport nor have I camped with them. Commentary on usage is merely speculative, and does not guarantee permissible carry on size. I can update this review when I use the 44 at the airport.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!
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