Kelty Redwing 50 Backpack - Hiking, Backpacking, Travel & Everyday Carry Backpack with Laptop Sleeve, Hydration Compatible, Removable Hip Belt, Carry On Bag
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- 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
- Stay hydrated for any adventure with the hydration compatible design and the water bottle pockets on the side
- 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
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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
At Kelty, pranks on the boss, bring your pet to work day, and working with the sound turned up aren’t perks for our crew, they’re our daily 'jams.'
The whole 'work hard to play hard' thing is actually reversed for us. Here, playing outside is WHY we’re here. Kelty gives you the easy and spontaneous excuse you need to get out there and escape from the mundane. We build great gear that’s made to last and inspire you to rediscover the joy of spontaneous play. Every Day.
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- (2) a replacement for something way more fun.
Kelty Redwing 50L Every day carry and hiking pack
Built for travel and hiking, adding convenience and organization to any adventure
Highly utilitarian, the Redwing has all the features and organization needed for a simplified travel or an overnight on the trail.
With a full-access U-zipper, the Redwing works both as a top loader and a panel loader, adding convenience to any adventure.
Shoulder straps, hipbelt and ventilated back panel are lined with quick drying moisture-moving mesh, stay comfortable in the heat of hiking.
- 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
Organized for simplified travel and optimized for comfort, weight, and convenience.
Organized for simplified Travel
Cool, Comfortable, and Lightweight
Built for travel, hiking, and every day carry.
Stay organized, your gear always within reach
Built in hydration pack compatibility
Built for Travel and Hiking
|Redwing 50 - Black Medium||Redwing 50 - Forest Green Medium||Redwing 50 - Black Large||Redwing 50 - Forest Green Large|
|Length||24 in / 61 cm||26 in / 66 cm||24 in / 61 cm||26 in / 66 cm|
|Width||15 in / 38 cm||16 in / 41 cm||15 in / 38 cm||16 in / 41 cm|
|Depth||12 in / 31 cm||12 in / 31 cm||12 in / 31 cm||12 in / 31 cm|
|Volume||3000 in3 / 49 L||3100 in3 / 52 L||3000 in3 / 49 L||3100 in3 / 52 L|
|Torso Fit Range||14.5 - 18.5 in / 37 - 47 cm||17.5 - 21 in / 44 - 53 cm||14.5 - 18.5 in / 37 - 47 cm||17.5 - 21 in / 44 - 53 cm|
|Hipbelt Fit Range||28 - 46 in / 71 - 116 cm||30 - 52 in / 76 - 132 cm||28 - 46 in / 71 - 116 cm||30 - 52 in / 76 - 132 cm|
|Weight||3 lbs 3 oz / 1.4 kg||3 lbs 5 oz / 1.5 kg||3 lbs 3 oz / 1.4 kg||3 lbs 5 oz / 1.5 kg|
Highly utilitarian, the Redwing has all the features and organization needed for simplified airport travel, hiking, 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.
- Hybrid Loading
- Hydration compatible
- Water bottle pockets
- Daisy chain
- Zippered side pockets
- Zippered stash pocket
- Large front pocket with organization
- LightBeam single aluminum stay
- HDPE frame sheet
- Dynamic AirFlow back panel
- AirMesh Shoulder straps, waist belt, and lumbar
- Scherer Cinch
- Load-lifter/stabilizer straps
- Sternum strap
Size: Medium | Color: Black
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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!
This bag is a champ! It held up so well and seemed to have room for everything. The pockets on the outside are great for staying organized. The material is good quality and the zippers are strong. When looking at these bags at the store, we were drawn to the fabric of the 2013 version rather than the newer fabric of the updated Keltys. It just seemed more rugged and durable, and I liked that the whole bag was black for blending in a little better.
My husband was able to easily carry this bag with about 30lbs through airports and train stations with no problem. On trains, others were having trouble finding places to stow their large suitcases, but this bag easily fit in overhead compartments. (It's also awesome to have a bag like this for Europe since there are steps and cobblestones everywhere!) The handle at the top and directly on the front of the bag made lifting the bag much easier.
It's important to note that we weren't carrying these bags all day, every day-- just to and from wherever we were staying and the train station. On days that we were just stopping in a city for a few hours, my husband and I stowed both of our bags in a locker or the left luggage service at the train station. When we did have to carry these bags for longer distances, we were grateful for the comfortable straps and waist belt. The straps are exactly right on this bag-- very easy to adjust, and they tuck away easily.
I also loved the way that this bag unzips almost all the way down to the bottom for quick and efficient packing. There's an inside pocket that my husband used for storing his ipad, and the front pocket has lots of spots for storing smaller items. There are roomy zippered side pockets that also have a gap between it and the actual bag, so that makes it possible to store longer items (like an umbrella) on the side. There are also mesh/elastic pockets on each side that fit water bottles. We each used two ShackePac packing cubes (1 small/ 1 medium size) that made packing clothes really easy, along with a couple other small organizing bags.
We had no problems with bringing the bags as carry-on luggage on airlines (Icelandair, Vueling, Condor).We followed the advice of others for this bag and made sure that ours were not overly stuffed for the plane, and divided some of the bulk/weight among our second "hand luggage" day bags. No one every questioned us about the weight or dimensions.
The only complaint/ modification we made to these bags were to switch out all of the rope zipper pulls for a wire cable and clamps (see picture below). This allowed us to lock our bags securely with just a normal TSA lock. I came across a tutorial for this online and it was pretty easy to do, and would definitely recommend this simple improvement to others wanting to use this bag for travel. It also still wouldn't keep me from giving this bag 5 stars because it exceeded expectations in so many other ways.
If you're not sure if a 50L will be big enough for a month of travel, it definitely is. We packed clothing for 7 days and did laundry twice. There was more than enough room for all the travel essentials and for the souvenirs!
We will be using this bag on future trips, and am sure that it will last for many years.
Truly cavernous and holds more total stuff. Construction is fairly good, although nothing marvel at. It has a better, more usable arrangement of pockets accessible from outside. Straps are better, including padded hip straps. Good adjustability for precise fit. Seems to load weight slightly better as it is flatter, taller, and wider than the Osprey, allowing for a center of gravity a little bit closer to your body. Feels more ergonomic for long wearing to me. Although this part is subjective, the design is more appealing in person, and I think you considerably look less strange wearing it due to its more favorable set of dimensions.
It is front-loading, which is nice, but not TRUE front loading like the Osprey. IMO this is one of the biggest cons to this bag. If you look closely you see the zipper ends well before the bottom of the bag, meaning when have it packed full, lay it flat, and open it up, you can't access the bottom 30% of your main compartment. This is a problem because due to the shape of the bag, you actually have a lot of space in that bottom section and can cram even way more than you'd think. Unfortunately, I found when trying to pack it I had to do so with it sitting at almost a 45 degree angle, since you must first pack the bottom area almost upright, then in order to fill the rest you cant tip it all the way flat, lest your stuff on the bottom come spilling out. Honestly, the zipper should have gone the whole way or this bottom compartment should have had a separate access. This part of the design is downright nonsense. If you're trying to use this bag as suitcase to live out of while traveling, it's leagues better than a top loading bag, but annoyingly doesn't do away with top-load problems entirely.
As for how it travels, the combination of exterior pockets and spots to strap things would make it pretty easy to live with, but the dimensions have the potential to be problematic on planes. This latter point is the other big con to this bag. This pack is not advertised as a carry-on but I suspect many are looking at it for this purpose, because it's "close enough" to the required dimensions to let you slip by. While you can generally get on the plane without anyone batting an eye, it is technically too large to be a carry-on and you could be required to check it. Also, once on the plane it is a hair too tall, when fully filled, to comfortably fit in an overhead bin in the intended direction, and because a large part of height is supported by a fairly rigid built in frame, you can't really compress it easily in that direction. This means there is a larger chance that a flight attendant would give up on slamming the bin door shut and just make you check it. If you don't have it completely full, most overhead bins will probably shut, but that is a gamble since the frame still pushes up against the available space, and it's a waste. I would prefer to just have a 2in shorter bag and know that the closing of the overhead bin will not induce a panic attack.
Wow this thing is built well. I don't think I've ever held a more heavy duty pack in my life. The main fabric, exterior protective flap fabric, straps, zippers... everything is a tier above the Kelty or most packs for that matter. This thing is built to survive serious travel, including if it has to be checked. I have no doubt in my mind that it would survive more checked bag trips than a lot of soft luggage built for that purpose.
On that note, it also includes a distinguishing feature that I loved. You can disconnect and stow all the straps in a compartment in the bag and it has a side handle, which means you can carry it like a suitcase and also not worry about the straps getting caught or messed up if/when checking it, etc. I really wish the Kelty had this feature, but this is the advantage of a purpose built bag designed for air travel.
One big difference here is that the Osprey is built specifically to be taken everywhere as a carry-on. It's dimensions are such that almost regardless of how full you stuff it, if the bag itself can be closed, it will fit in an overhead bin. The heavy duty compression straps can further reduce it's size as well. Of course, the most important dimension for overhead bins is height, and it is roughly 3-4 inches shorter than the Kelty with both full. No overhead bin panic attacks here, which is a big benefit.
This pack also holds an impressive amount of stuff, true to measured volume difference, about 10% less total than the Kelty. Ample for a 2wk trip for anyone that packs light. The Osprey lacks usable secondary pockets that are easily accessed with the main compartment closed, in part because the design has these giant ratchet-down compression sleeves on both sides which reduces its size when packed to the brim and also serve to protect the main compartment against punctures and tears. That said, it has better main pocket organization and more padded, rigid sides that not only absorb impacts and keep your things from getting quite as crushed/crumpled inside, but also allow you to more easily rifle through and grab things when you need them. The front opens all the way up via zipper unlike the Kelty, so it is easier to grab things or pack it without having to flip it upright or at 45 degree angle in order to keep the bottom area from spilling out as you shove things in.
A for comfort and ergonomics, looking at this bag when full you'd think it would be awful to shoulder. It's actually not, and the hip straps although not padded, seem to work quite well. That said, overall I think Kelty wins this point on comfort, although its difficult to tell without trying them both out on long hikes. All I could do was try both around the house to make this determination.
In terms of aesthetics I think another point has to go to Kelty... because while you look like a giant-backpack-wearing tool in either of these walking the city, you look like a Ninja Turtle reject when wearing the Osprey, since dimensions (being relatively narrow and short but really deep) make it stick particularly far off your back.
You probably won't go wrong with either, and both worked for my application. The Kelty is the better backpack for camping/hiking and maybe even general purpose pack, but the Osprey hands down the better air travel pack. In reality, I would have liked something right in the middle of these two, with the height dimension, true front-loading zipper, and storable strap feature of the Osprey, but with the better ergonomic feel, myriad of functional exterior pockets, and overall aesthetic of the Kelty. A shorter Redwing with convertible straps and a longer main compartment zipper would be just about perfect, as would a Porter with additional exterior pockets/compartments and padded hip straps.
So which did I choose? The Kelty, but it was a very hard choice. I sat there the night before my trip agonizing over which one I was going to pack for keeps. In the end my need for pockets and versatility won out over fears of having difficulty with air travel and the annoyance of it being less than fully front loading. I wanted a place I could put my documents, phone, keys, wallet, charger, external battery, passport, headphones, clif bars, pen, a bottle of water, etc.. and be able to keep it all organized and grab it without spending 5 minutes dumping out half my bag each time. I also didn't like the idea of buying an expensive (what I consider expensive anyway) backpack, from an outdoor backpack manufacturer no less, and then not using it for backpacking outdoors. I feared that with the Osprey's seeming disadvantage in the ergonomics department and lacking padded hip straps, I'd end up wanting yet another backpack to take on outdoor trips, and that didn't sit well with me.
Did I make the right call? It's hard to tell. I'm happy with the Redwing and I made a *good* call. The way you have to load and unload the bottom part of the main compartment is a bit annoying, although not a deal breaker. The struggle with the overhead bin is very real in practice, and it is a cause of panic for me when boarding planes. I actually was not able to close it once and didn't even try the second time, opting to stow it diagonally both times. I have yet to travel with it packed lightly enough to where I'd have confidence the bin will close with it straight in, but others have noted that they did it without problems. Thankfully nobody raised a fuss about my cheating in the overhead bin or mentioned it during boarding/security, but if and when that day comes I may well curse my decision. For now, it's working out fine. I also took it camping it did great there. I'm just going to pack it less full next time I am getting on a plane.
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