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There's a reason why the Redcloud has been in the Kelty line for years. The 65L junior pack has all the features of the adult favorite, with a smaller size perfect for younger backpackers. PerfectFIT™ suspension is designed to be fully adjustable to fit your torso length and carry a heavy load, providing unmatched stability and comfort on the trail.
The Redcloud Junior is super easy to load with the top loading design and sleeping bag compartment, but you won't have any issues finding what you need with the front-panel access and zippered side pockets. No need for an extra day pack - the lid of the pack also converts into a sling pack. Bonus! Hydration and snacks won't be an issue either with its hydration compatible design and hip belt pockets for small items. The LightBeam™ single aluminum stay is connected to the hip belt providing direct load transfer while the anti-barreling stays keep the scapula pad flat--even if the pack is overloaded. The HDPE-reinforced, dual density waist belt improves load-support and enhances overall carrying comfort as well while the dual positions for load-lifters straps keeps the pack weight from shifting. Finally, the AirMesh shoulder straps, waist belt, and lumbar pad are designed to keep air moving through and keep you comfortable all day. Hip belt can be removed. For younger backpackers, there's nothing better than the Redcloud Junior.
Purchased this for my son to use in Boy Scouts. I'd rate it 8 out of 10. Size is perfect.. 65L gives all they need for most scout trips. He is 11 now and is just now tall enough that this fits.. a year ago this would not have fit him.. However, it's a large enough pack I think it won't be any issue fitting him until he is 18. This would also be a good pack for anyone under 5'9"ish... The color happens to match the scout uniform which we will chalk up to an added bonus.
Performance: Our first test of this was a backpack camping trip. He was able to fit his 20 degree sleeping back in the bag compartment on the bottom. I was worried this wouldn't be large enough for his warm sleeping bag and would only hold his smaller one.. but to my surprise it fit. I did have to help stuff it a bit to allow it to compress so we could zip.. but it worked.
The main compartment was large enough to fit everything else he needed. it was easy to pack and the way Kelty has a top load and a front zipper to access was great. The top compartment was nice for storing items he needed to access often and with ease, such as a headlamp. The side pockets were nice, but his larger water bottle wouldn't fit in them. We overcome this by using a carabineer and attaching it to the outside. I would have liked to have seen a daisy chain on the outside. The smaller zipper compartment would have been nice if the sections would have been divided with zippers to store things without them falling around but that is okay.
It was very durable. We had to do some sliding down a steep hill at one point and it held up well during that.. took a wet towel to it when we got home and cleaned up good as new.
The straps were comfortable to him once we got them adjusted right. I recommend loading it and letting them walk around at home so you can make the needed adjustments. It seemed like our first 30 minutes on the trail was spent stopping every few hundred yards to dial in the straps until it was comfortable to him.
Overall he is very happy with this unit and I feel it will last him for many years. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a really good pack for their older kids, young adults, or shorter adults. @hoosier_hiker on Aug 21st 2017
Excellent pack for my son. Fit great and is very comfortable. Unknown on Jun 7th 2017