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Kelty Red Cloud Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 289 reviews

We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 10 reasons to buy the Red Cloud - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

92% of the reviewers give the Kelty Red Cloud a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (77%)
Good (15%)
Average (4%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (1%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Kelty Red Cloud:

Reviewers like these things about the Kelty Red Cloud

  • Most reviewers said that the pack is lightweight and has sturdy stitching.
  • Users said that the frame and waist strap distributes the weight evenly, and comfortably.
  • Many other users said that there is a Lot of room, and packed items are accessible at different levels.
  • Some other said that it can fit a beer keg sideways which makes packing, and weight distribution so much more organized.
  • Reviewers said that it is perfect for long hikes or pack mules.
  • Many other reviewers said that it has a lot of pockets and compartments.
  • Users also love the packets on the belt.
  • They commented that the top pocket unzips and transfers to handy cross backpack.
  • One great feature mentioned by many users is that there's an outside pouch you can stick a hydration bladder in.
  • They said that the backpack feels as good in their hands and on their back.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • One user complained that not often, but in the right pose it can feel like a barrel.
  • Some users complained that the shoulder strap tore out early.


Crowdsourced specs across all Kelty Red Cloud models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity90 l (5492 cuin)
Weight iconWeight5-5.5 oz (2.3-2.5 kg)
Length iconLength34-35 in (86-89 cm)
Width18-19 in (46-48 cm)
Height15-16 in (38-41 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Popular Models

Kelty Red Cloud 110

54% choose the Kelty Red Cloud 110

54 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight5.5 oz (2.5 kg)
Length iconLength35 in (89 cm)
Width19 in (48 cm)
Height16 in (41 cm)

Kelty Red Cloud 90

33% choose the Kelty Red Cloud 90

33 %
Colors and combinations:


Capacity iconCapacity90 l (5492 cuin)
Weight iconWeight5.5 oz (2.5 kg)
Length iconLength34 in (86 cm)
Width19 in (48 cm)
Height15 in (38 cm)

Kelty Red Cloud 80

13% choose the Kelty Red Cloud 80

13 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight5 oz (2.3 kg)
Length iconLength34 in (86 cm)
Width18 in (46 cm)
Height15 in (38 cm)

Kelty Red Cloud 110 vs Red Cloud 90

The two most popular Kelty Red Cloud models are the Red Cloud 110 and the Red Cloud 90, so let's compare them:

The Red Cloud 110
Kelty Red Cloud 110

Popularity and Prices

In total, 87% of the people interested in the Kelty Red Cloud bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Red Cloud 110 which is choosen by 54% (1.6 times as many as the 33% that choose the Red Cloud 90).

Red Cloud 110Red Cloud 90
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Red Cloud 110 is typically around $20 more expensive than the Red Cloud 90, but check the deals before you buy.

Red Cloud 110Red Cloud 90

Weight and dimensions

The weight of both bags is the same. Both bags weight 5.5 oz.

If we look at dimensions, both the Red Cloud 110 and the Red Cloud 90 has the same length (35 in). Both bags are the same width (19 in), while the height is the same (both 16 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black and red. Only the Red Cloud 90 is available in blue.

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Kelty Red Cloud features:
  • Hydration bladder
  • Hydration compatible
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Lumbar pack lid

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Side pockets

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.

Packing Guide

See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Kelty Red Cloud models (the most popular choice is the Red Cloud 110).

Capacity/Weight Levels

The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

9090 l5.5 oz0.06 oz/L


vs Kelty Bags

The Kelty Red Cloud ranks #4 compared with the other Kelty bags.

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vs All Bags

The Kelty Red Cloud ranks #414 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Kelty Red Cloud vs the Kelty Coyote.

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Kelty Red Cloud vs Kelty Coyote

Kelty Red Cloud
Kelty Red Cloud

Based on 289 reviews
Capacity: 90 l
Weight: 5-5.5 oz
Price: $$$

Kelty Coyote
Kelty Coyote


Based on 233 reviews

Capacity: 65-80 l
Weight: 4.4-5.3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Red Cloud is rated a bit better than the Coyote.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 522 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Red Cloud is 12% bigger than the biggest Coyote (90 L vs 80 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Red Cloud is 4% heavier than the biggest Coyote (5.5 oz vs 5.3 oz).

FeatureRed CloudCoyote
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Red Cloud is available in these colors:

Only the Coyote is available in these colors:

Selected Reviews

Backcountry Skiing Canada

Overall, The Redcloud 80 is a great pack for travelling. It has several pockets to keep things organized, it has three access points to prevent having to pull everything out of your pack and the lid becomes a lumbar pack for tourist days or short hikes.

Posted 13 February 2013 by Jenny - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

The pack is very tough and fits the body very well. It is comfortable carry at an reasonable price tag. The only disadvantage is that the pack is little heavy considered to other packs in the same range.

Posted 15 December 2009 by Chad Poindexter - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019