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Kelty Redwing 44 backpack, Ponderosa Pine, front view
The Redwing 44 is the perfect size for quick getaways, whether on the trail or in the air. Hybrid-loading U-zipper design works as both a top loader and panel loader, allowing easy access to all your gear. An additional stash pocket on the front of the pack makes it easy to tuck away a jacket or hoodie, and inside we've updated the organizers for maps, electronics, pens, and other travel essentials. The hydration sleeve is a dual-use pocket that can carry a laptop without worries. LightBeam™ single aluminum stay and Dynamic AirFlow back panel keep your load stable and comfortable. Whether your journey takes you to the streets of Chicago or the canyons of Colorado, the Redwing 44 has you covered.


  • Dual side pockets
  • Front pocket with organization
  • Front Stash pocket with closure hook
  • Top stash pocket
  • Side compression straps
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Dual use Laptop / Hydration Sleeve
  • Hide-Away Daisy Chain and Handle
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops
  • Key fob
  • HDPE frame sheet
  • Hex Mesh back panel, shoulder straps and waist belt
  • Padded and ventilating back panel
  • Sternum strap
  • Load lifter straps
  • Single LightBeam aluminum stay
  • Removable waist belt


  • Volume: 2700 in3 / 44 L
  • Frame Type:  Internal
  • Weight:  2 lbs 10 oz / 1.2 kg
  • Torso Fit Range:  14.5 - 18.5 in / 37 - 47 cm
  • Dimensions: 25 x 15 x 12 in / 64 x 38 x 30 cm


Body Fabric: 
Poly 420D Small Back Stafford

Reinforcement Fabric: 
Poly 75x150D Tasser Coal

Frame Material: 
Aluminum + HDPE

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Gender: Unisex
Volume: 40L - 59L
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  1. Best Comfort & Perfect Size

    Wanted a more comfortable pack than my quality, but older 50L The Redwing 44 felt better than 3 other brands I tried at local store with 18lbs of sand bags. Size is enough for my weekend camps or next month's Camino in Spain. Also, w/o using the cap's space its a perfect 22" with the 14" & 9" easily accommodated for carry-on use with airlines. A great bang for the buck! on Aug 27th 2018

  2. Spacious & Comfy

    This is the second Redwing pack my family has purchased. They are by far the most comfortable pack on the market that we’ve tried. The pack design is great too, with pockets that serve a variety of functions, whether traveling or backpacking. on Jun 19th 2018

  3. Almost Perfect for travel

    Everything about this bag is great my only complaint is the things that it's missing. No lockable zippers, no pockets on the hip belt and it would have been nice if they included a rain cover

    Now they have another bag the Kelty Reserve 50L and it has lockable zippers but its bigger harder to get through carry on. The 44L is perfect if you know how to pack just wish it had better features
    on Jun 7th 2018

  4. Awesome bag

    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. on May 12th 2018

  5. Really nice pack, could be perfect with a few changes

    4.5 stars.

    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.

    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. on Mar 28th 2018

  7. nice size and I like the organizational pocket

    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. on Aug 20th 2017

  8. I love it but also, can we please get some tweaks?

    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.
    on Mar 26th 2017

  9. Excellent Day Pack

    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.
    on Feb 27th 2017

  10. Great Pack, Well thought out.

    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. on Jan 31st 2017

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