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I had the redwing 32 loved it but it was stollen out of my car. I liked the so much I didn’t even need to look at other bags upgraded to the 45. Awesome construction. Great lumbar support good strap cushion. But the thing I like the most is the internal frame. Solid yet comfortable. Nick on May 12th 2018
I absolutely love the Kelty Redwing and Coyote series packs for their industry leading comfort. No one else offers a pack as plush and padded as this. I own a Deuter 50L and have tried the top packs from Gregory and Osprey on week long adventures with heavy loads up to 60 pounds and none of them are as comfortable as this pack or my Kelty Coyote 80L which share identical suspension and padding designs. This pack is also quite a bit more comfortable than Kelty's own packs that do not have this plush suspension design.
+ Most comfortable pack near its size that I've tried (I tried a lot at the stores)
+ The pack has well thought out pockets.
+ Like the attach points. The inclusion of MOLLE strips on Kelty bags is welcome.
+ I LOVE panel load packs. I wish the panel opening was a bit larger, but pretty nice.
+ Materials are adequate for semi frequent use with heavy loads. Get the tactical 44 or something tougher if you think you are going to drag around a ton of stuff each day.
+ Removable hip belt. Shouldn't they ALWAYS be removable? I think so.
+ Good styling. I like having the option to have the same look for my 80L and 44L pack.
+ The aluminum stay is removable. Wish the HDPE sheet was too.
What could be improved to make this a more perfect product?
- Make the panel load open all the way or even better, get rid of panel zipper and have a top load and a separate FRONT panel load where the opening is against your back. Good for travel security, camera gear etc. This would be a KILLER product if it had the same Kelty comfort and suspension. Just cut a hole, add a zipper, move part of the aluminum stay to the sides. Easier said than done I'm sure but I think it would sell like hot cakes since camera and security bags have awful comfort and Kelty has that figured out here.
- Why won't anyone make a 20x12x9 or so 35-38L pack? This 44L is just a bit larger than ideal for daily carry or airline seat storage. The 32 and 30L packs are too small and not comfortable at all.
- Replace the tool loops with MOLLE or hide them like the daisy chain. With more MOLLE points it would be easy to install tool loops if needed, and remove when not.
Add some more MOLLE to the hip belt if you aren't going to give us pockets on it.
- Lose the trek pole space in the side pockets. Replace with additional strap points. The holes are too small for many things, and make the bag wider and interfere with use of those pockets.
- Let us remove the HDPE sheet along with the stay to pack the bag size down some for flights, etc.
Dave on Apr 21st 2018
I purchased it August 3rd 2017 from REI. By January, there was a large tear in the ‘bottle holder’. By March the frame sheet had cut holes through the bottom of the pack. Holes are developing in the small front pocket where I keep ONLY my iPad IN A CASE and an Anker battery for charging. This pack has been used on average, 4 days a week IN THE CITY. NEVER OVERLOADED. It carries boxing gloves and gym kit. Sometimes my MacBook Pro. THE MATERIAL FOR THIS BAG IS TOO LIGHT. I’ve had other bags from the military (1000 or 1050 denier) FOR YEARS. THE OUTCOME OF THIS BAG IN REALATION TO ITS USE HAS BEEN UNACCEPTABLE. Andre Banks on Mar 28th 2018
I like the size and how you get into the main/big pocket but the zippers are kind of crappy and feel like they might break or stop working at any time. The zipper pulls for the smaller pockets are nice but the zipper pulls for the main compartment seem flimsy and should just be the same as the smaller pocket ones. Other than that it's a solid pack. I'm 5'7" , 150 lbs and it fits well. I'm a crew leader for a conservation corps and I really like having that organizational pocket in the front and the two side pockets for GPS's or anemometer, note pads etc. Shelby on Aug 20th 2017
I bought this backpack a year ago for use as a carry-on for one bag travel.
I AM IN LOVE! It has changed the way I travel. The pack is very very comfortable to carry, fits a lot more than I expected (bit more than a week's worth of clothes, travel essentials and still some room to spare) and has a lot of compartments to organize your stuff. I have not had a problem bringing it as a carry-on on in any airline (even in budget airlines with strict rules). I find that even when stuffed to capacity, it fits perfectly in overhead compartments.
I bought this instead of the women's version just because of the extra 4 lbs., but still wonder if the hip belt in the other version would have made a difference in comfort. I have wider hips and wish the straps were just longer, to be able to adjust it comfortably especially if wearing several outer layers.
If Kelty made this with lockable zippers (for, you know basic security when travelling) and hipbelt pockets (for easy access to things during check-in, security and boarding), I would be very very tempted to upgrade to that, and would never ever stare lascivously at another bag. I promise.
Jimena on Mar 26th 2017
My favorite day pack. This bag has accompanied me on many Pacific Northwest adventures and is by far the most comfortable day pack I've owned. At 5ft 7in, medium build, it's a great fit and very easy to adjust as loads shift on the move. With 15 to 20 pounds of gear I've had no issues with comfort and, for my build, the waist strap rides securely and comfortably on my Iliac crest.
I really appreciate that the pack has plenty of organizational details and side sides pockets. As mentioned in previous reviews, external pockets can be hard to come by in pack designs these days.
Overall an excellent pack. No regrets so far. Unknown on Feb 27th 2017
Purchased this for use as a day pack and for short weekend trips. I like the layout of the pack especially the compartment for rain gear between the large and small sections. The zippers on the large and small compartments are nice and long so the pack can really be opened up if necessary. I can get a lot into this pack and don't have to go digging around in some deep dark tunnel to find things. I'm tall (6'4") and find the pack very comfortable to wear for long periods. I've done some light climbing with this pack, it's very stable. Rob T on Jan 31st 2017
I tried to remove hip belt but it was way harder than it looks on the video... First thing was the strip bands that come crimped and dont allow to be unleash (That was easy to fix with scissors). Then the aluminum bar that I believe goes through the hip belt. I has not being able to pull the aluminum bar up to release the hip belt... Hopefully you can give me some tips.... :) Juan F Lopez Hernandez on Jan 29th 2017
The waist straps are way to small for us larger guys.... anything over a 36" waist and you can forget using this pack. Do not buy at all if you plan on using the waist straps and are a 36 " waist or larger... just the addition of a knife makes it unusable. Todd on May 24th 2016
Nice pack! Very comfortable for the size, plenty of pockets to store your goods. I've used it for day hikes, XC ski touring and bike commuting. Its even been a nice make shift camera bag, my tripod fits nicely in the side pocket pass thru. Great versatility / utility! Unknown on Apr 4th 2016