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Kelty Redwing 50 backpack, black, front view

Take flight with the best-selling pack in our lineup: the Redwing. New for 2016, the Redwing 50 features PerfectFIT™ suspension for on-body adjustments to customize your fit in seconds. 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 50 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
  • PerfectFIT™ Suspension
  • Single LightBeam aluminum stay
  • Removable waist belt


  • Volume: 3100 in3 / 51 L
  • Frame Type:  Internal
  • Weight:  3 lbs 11 oz / 1.66 kg
  • Torso Fit Range:  15.5 - 21 in / 39 - 53 cm
  • Dimensions: 26 x 16 x 12 in / 66 x 41 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
Features: PerfectFIT Suspension
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  1. Really fantastic and versatile for the price

    Pack weighs under 4 pounds, has lots of pockets and great design. The price is fantastic for what you get. It also cinches up nice and tight and adjusts to fit. This is a really versatile pack too. I've used it for Backpacking Havasupi, grand Canyon, and plan to use it as a carry on to Europe. If you're budget sensitive and still need a great pack get this one! on Aug 13th 2018

  2. Not Uber Lite but Uber Good

    Took this fella out for 45 mile weekend and was totally impressed. I’m not a backpacker per se and thus was pretty green to the mileage and was totally shocked that I had no hot spots or soreness from this pack. Incredibly well laid out easy to carry my almost 30lbs of gear (learned I did NOT need half of my stuff I brought). Was packing with more experienced folks with GUCCI gear and they were even impressed with this pack. A definite buy when on sale and so much more versatile than other packs at its price point. on Aug 6th 2018

  3. Looks good out of the box

    Just got this pack. Very lightweight, seems very well made. Sits exactly where it should on your shoulders and hips. Same materials as the Kelty backpack that I have had for years and is still in great condition even with constant abuse. Can't comment about durability yet since I just got it. Will be using this for backpacking but seems just as good for carrying through the airport. on Jul 31st 2018

  4. Great Pack Redwing 50

    Just got my pack on a Tuesday and went Friday to Sunday on a backpacking trip.Paired great with my Kelty Bestie Blanket and Kelty Cosmic Mummy Sleeping Pad. The quality is there and will last me a very long time. Perfect fit is right on with perfect. Excited for my next adventure. on May 24th 2018

  5. Love this pack!

    Just recieved my Redwing 50 in Twilight blue. Outstanding! With all the extra pockets and attatchment points, I bet it can carry more gear than other larger packs. Build quality seeems excellent. The fit seems great and feels comfortable on my back. Can't wait to try it out. Now Im gonna be a Kelty junkie.... on May 3rd 2018

  6. Best 50-65L Backpack on the Market!

    There isn't much I can say that hasn't been said in 12 pages of reviews, so I'm going to keep it short.

    1. I have walked over 15,000 miles wearing this backpack. Needless to say, the perfect fit system does the job. If this pack isn't comfortable to you, you're adjusting it improperly - Watch a video or get help.

    2. This is the best backpack you will ever own. Especially if you're looking for a pack in the 40-65L range. I've not had a 65L pack that can hold as much as the Redwing 50, while also keeping things organized.

    2. Over the past 30 years, I've probably owned 400 backpacks. Ever since the original Redwing 50, and this newer counterpart, I've not touched another backpack, save for my Camelbak which I use when I'm not planning on walking all day, or when I know the area well enough that I know I don't need more.

    3. It is missing 2 things that could easily be added by Kelty, that I would gladly pay more for if they added.
    3a. It needs a rainfly pocket. There is plenty of room to add this in. Osprey has one, even Camelbak's outdoor and biking packs have one.
    3b. There needs to be at least one zippered pocket on the waist strap. The Redwing 50 has the thickest waist straps I have ever seen that so not include a pocket. I like my snacks Kelty, add a pocket.

    4. If you are looking for a weekend pack, a carry on pack, or are a minimalist packer who doesn't want a 110L backpack or their back for a week or more, buy this backpack.
    on Mar 4th 2018

  7. The Redwing Does It All!

    I'm a backpacking gear junkie, and this pack truly does it all. It gives its user the opportunity to do whatever they'd like as conveniently as possible. There's only one thing I wish this pack had, and that is zippered pockets on the hip belt.

    I've primarily used this as a travel pack, and it easily carries a week's worth of clothes. I absolutely LOVE it's organization! This makes living out of a backpack much easier. I've used this as carry-on luggage with no problem. The aluminum stay and supportive hip belt make carrying this thing around no trouble at all.

    There's only one thing I didn't like so much about this pack, and that is the straps on the hip belt. It is difficult to loosen them once they're tightened around my waist (I'm a size 36). But I'd still give this pack an A for its innovation, organization, durability, and user-friendliness.
    on Dec 30th 2017

  8. Pack holds a lot.

    Very pleased with the size of the pack. I can easily fit enough "stuff" for a 4 to 5 day trip. Also, the material seems to be holding up well but time will tell. I do like the optional laptop pocket but I do wish there were more smaller storage areas hidden throughout the bag. All in all I give it an A. on Oct 3rd 2017

  9. Great bag

    I needed a bag that had ample space to pack everything I needed for work, this bag gave me that and then some, multiple pockets for extra little things and a massive pocket for big bulky items, very comfortable to wear as well. I recommend it to everyone that asks about it. on Aug 29th 2017

  10. Comfortable and unique setup

    A great and very comfortable pack for 2-3 day expeditions. Custom fit back was great and the fit very good. I really liked the slip thru side pocket allowing for long items. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is I wished it had straps or points to carry a sleeping bag or pad on the top of the pack. on Jul 30th 2017

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