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Kelty Redwing 50 Tactical backpack, black, front view

Whether your journey takes you to the canyons of Colorado or the streets of Kandahar, the highly versatile Redwing has you covered.


  • 500D kodra
  • # 8 zippers for increased strength
  • No mesh on side pockets to get snagged on tools etc.
  • Laptop sleeve; with full hook on the outside to attach accessories
  • 3 Tool loops
  • Available in 4 Low profile colors for blending
  • Adjustable Military style backpack straps
  • Hydration compatible
  • Waterbottle pockets
  • Removable waistbelt
  • Hybrid-loading U-zipper design for ease of gear storage
  • Side compression straps
  • Zippered stash pocket
  • Zippered side pockets
  • Single LightBeam aluminum stay
  • Load-lifter straps


  • Frame Type:  Internal
  • Weight:  4 lbs 1 oz 
  • Dimensions LxWxH: 26 x 16 x 12 in 
  • Torso Fit Range:  15.5 - 21 in / 39 - 53 cm


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Gender: Unisex
Volume: 40L - 59L
Features: PerfectFIT Suspension
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  1. The right pack for me!

    Let me start off by saying I am not, nor have I ever been, in the military so I can't speak to the "tactical" part of this pack, but I can tell you that it has the features I was looking for with regards to hiking & camping. To that end, here are my thoughts on the Redwing 50 Tactical:

    Plenty of room (I like to stay organized and this will definitely let me do that)
    Feels durable (will update if I find that changes)
    Fits me perfectly (I am 5'9" and this pack feels like it conforms to me)
    Love the color (I picked the tactical grey which is really more of a foliage green in my opinion...worked out in my favor since I wanted more of a green pack)

    None at this time

    Overall, I really love this pack so far and it fits all of my current needs. I would definitely buy this again.
    on May 23rd 2018

  2. Great pack!

    This is a very will built pack, typical of the Kelty name. I love the heavier fabric and buckles. The grey color is extremely close to foliage green. I'm 5'8" and this pack fits me fine. The only real down side are the side pockets at the bottle of the pack. They aren't great for water bottles. I carry two GI canteens but I need to use the lower compression straps to hold them in. If they were more like the pouches on the MAP 3500 that would be awesome. Keep up the great work kelty! More earth tone colors! on Apr 8th 2018

  3. Trading Critical Features for better colors?

    I definitely did NOT do enough research before buying this pack. Highly disappointed in the pack. For some reason, the torso length is no adjustable on this pack. What?! Why?! The regular Redwing 50 has these sort of adjustments? Definitely doesn't seem to fit no matter how much I adjust it. Ugh, wish I had noticed sooner so could return it :(

    Cool Colors
    Slightly Better Zippers
    Material seem better

    Thin padding for shoulder straps
    on Mar 19th 2018

  4. Looks like a good pack and that's it

    Got this pack for an upcoming AT hike and won't be using it. The total lack of adjustablity in the yoke is joke. I'm 6' tall and can't even use it due to the fixed position. Not really sure who thought ditching torso length adjustment was a good idea. Being acitve duty I picked this version as I wanted something with a little more durability but it's obvious the input they got (if any) was off target. This pack gets a fail in my book on multiple levels. on Mar 10th 2018

  5. Awesome pack

    We own two of these and they are great. Super sturdy and very comfortable. on Jan 9th 2018

  6. Very fragile top handle - broken after 6 days

    I bought the tactical backpack for a trip to Peru thinking it would be more solid than other model, however the top handle ripped off on day 6 of the trip. The load is only 25lbs so needless to say I am very disappointed as this is a very useful feature for a pack. I will update as the trip goes on, hoping I can make it back to the US without having to buy another one.

    on Jan 7th 2018

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