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I bought several Kelty backpacks for a trip last year to New Zealand and this Redwing 40 for women is the one I used the most. My biggest problem traveling as a photographer is to find an actual camera bag that'll double for a good, solid backpack, but most camera backpacks are designed to carry camera gear and not much else. With the Kelty, I was able to stash my gear in the lower part of the pack using "baskets" or cushions from a different photo bag and the rest of my hiking supplies closer to the top. But because the backpack zips down the front in a U shape, I can easily access my gear. I used my Camelbak reservoir in the hydration sleeve so my water supply is separate from my camera gear. And all the pockets on the outside are fantastic for my solar rechargers, battery packs, etc. One side I use for camera stuff, the other for snacks and hiking stuff.
The pass through storage pockets and loops on the sides allowed me to bring both my trekking poles and tripod.
The best part of this pack is the comfort. IT IS SO COMFORTABLE. Even carrying really heavy gear, the straps are like clouds.... I've tried many other name brand, high quality packs and in my experience Kelty has been the most comfortable. If you're going to carry 30 lbs. of gear, you don't want the pulling and digging into your hips and shoulders. This bag is SO comfortable! It actually made my expeditions a joy.
Now at times the shoulder straps could hug my collarbone/neck area, but wearing the right kind of shirt that wasn't wide at the collar solved that issue, so it really wasn't much of an issue. If you have really wide shoulders, it might be worth your while to go to REI and try on the guy's version.....
The hip pads really do offset the load and just make it a great hiking/exploring/photographing experience.
I also use this when flying as my carry-on. I mean, it's hands-free, comfortable and I can still bring all my camera gear, sweater, passport, etc. Everything is very accessible, too. Side hip pockets actually fit my Samsung s8..... and I use the hydration sleeve for my laptop when flying.
I use the Redwing 40 mainly for all day hauls but use the Women's Coyote 60 for overnight or multi-day hikes. The sleeping back fits comfortably in the bottom compartment of the Coyote 60 and the barrier supports my camera gear above the sleeping bag. It's just a perfect situation, especially since DSLR backpack designers have not yet developed a camera pack for the dual purpose of photography AND enjoying the outdoors (hiking, camping).
Bottom line is that I personally love this bag and the three Kelty packs I have. Not to mention the colors which really pop in the wild and make for great photos! I mean, girls like color so..... this is a bag I could get excited about.
Two thumbs up.
Amy P on Jun 18th 2018
40 L was the perfect size to be able to hold enough clothes without being too heavy. I am 5' 6'' and 130 pounds, and it was very comfortable to carry, weighing about 17 pounds. The hip buckles fit very well on me. I liked that it zipped open down the front since it made it easier to access. Also, buckles can be tightened a lot to be able to fit onto budget airlines as carry on. Also loved the blue! Unknown on Aug 25th 2017
Seriously... Redwing, for a women's pack? I can only imagine the hi5's they were giving eachother as the first packs were rolling off the assembly line. Armando on Jan 24th 2017
I use it for hiking and basic travel. You should be able to fit a week's worth of gear/clothes in here. There are extra pockets everywhere for added on convenience. I get complements on the bag all the time- especially at airports. The deep lake color is awesome. This is perfect as a carryon bag. You shouldn't have any problems taking this on the plane. It easily fits in an overhead. On economy basic airlines, this can also serve as a free personal item & you will not have to pay a carryon fee. Kr95 on Nov 27th 2016
I absolutely loved this bag, ever since I laid eyes on it and I wasn't disappointed (colour: blue lake). It's very comfy, roomy and so light that you forget you are carrying it. My only problem is the plastic that covers the zipper pulls - I've pierced my finger so badly that a week later it still hurts. Besides that, I wouldn't change a single thing. Maritsa on Oct 7th 2016
I took a chance on the color. I got "deep lake" and am glad I did. It's much darker than shown on the site. It's actually a pretty medium teal and is very atractive. The pack itself is every thing other reviewers all over the net have said. Great size and comfortable as any pack I've ever worn. I expect years of use from this. Great job Kelty. tucsoncarol on Jun 9th 2016
A Backpack of All Trades Whether you are looking for a backpack to use for a weekend trip, for a week long hiking trip, or backpacking for a few months, the Kelty Women’s Redwing 40-Liter Backpack can do it all! I have used this bag under all different circumstances and it has definitely lived up to and exceeded my expectations, as I’m sure it will yours. The backpack has a very large center compartment which is easy to access due to the zippers opening down the sides. One minor flaw is the laptop carrying area is not that large so it was a snug fit for a 15.6” laptop and would be for any laptop around the same size. The side compartments are also handy for storing items in that you need quick and easy access to. The construction and thought put into the makeup of this bag was well thought out. Another part of this bag that is so great is the adjustability of the straps. The hip cinch setup is great for alleviating extra stress on the back and shoulders. Personally, I had some issues with ventilation for my back and with shoulder pain. There are videos on YouTube that show how to properly tighten the straps, if you follow these directions you will have a comfortable pack with great ventilation to the back and your shoulders will be free of pain. Another great part about this pack is that it meets requirements for a carry-on. This backpack will even meet the requirements provided by RyanAir in Europe. The backpack can hold up to 20 pounds because of this you need to take caution of weight requirements for the airline as the backpack may weigh too much to comply with their rules. All in all this backpack is an absolute wonder! I strongly recommend anyone thinking of buying a backpack to select this backpack of all trades. Lynn on Feb 19th 2016