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Kelty Redwing Review

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4.6 Rating based on 1,809 reviews
Kelty Redwing
We have checked 1,809 reviews of the Kelty Redwing. Having checked all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.6 out of 5 (it is one of the 5 best carry on backpacks we have reviewed!)

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  • The most popular model is the Kelty Redwing 44
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We read and checked 1,809 reviews from experts and users. Here's what they think about the Kelty Redwing bag:

Reviewers like these things about Kelty Redwing

  • It is comfortable and more durable with rich features for backpacking vacations.
  • The torso hugging shape makes it easy to carry.
  • It has plethora of pockets which makes it easy to carry enough gears for your trips.
  • It has got great internal storage and fits every single overhead luggage compartment without any trouble.
  • It has great resistant fabrics, sturdy zippers and numerous side compartments.
  • One can slide in long objects like trekking poles, fishing rods or maybe a tripod behind the upper side pockets.
  • The adjustable torso length makes it more comfortable to carry loads for long hours.
  • The back is covered with mesh which helps to wick away any sweat through air channels to increase air circulation and commute long hours.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • The lumpy padding of the backpack is not very comfortable and adjustable for all body shapes.
  • There are no hip belt pockets for emergency gears.
  • The side mesh pockets are more susceptible to damages.
  • The top loading makes one to pull out everything in order to find a gear from the bottom of the pack.


Average rating 4.6 based on 1,809 reviews
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Ali Garland
Posted 4 October 2017
It’s sturdy, reliable, versatile, and great for both hiking and travel. I ended up buying the Kelty Redwing 40W pack for my next trip because I had to give this one back, but I would definitely recommend it to travelers and hikers alike.
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Anthony Awaken
Posted 6 September 2016
It is perfectly organized, lightweight, tough and packs better in terms of comfort than other options on the market. The price of the pack is also reasonable.
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Steve Ackerman
Posted 24 June 2015
The high-quality materials provide a superior resistance to abrasion and tearing for years of ardent service while keeping the pack lightweight and affordable.
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Colorado Mountain Mom
Posted 30 July 2014
Nice buckles, good quality construction, and a well thought out, time-tested design make the Kelty Women’s Redwing 40 an excellent choice that I highly recommend.
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Jonathan Looi
Posted 9 January 2014
It is an extremely versatile backpack. With the newer model addressing the loading issue, it can be recommended it to any long-term, or short-term traveler.
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Packing in this bag

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Backpack Specs

Kelty Redwing
DimensionsHeight26 in (66 cm)
Width16 in (40.6 cm)
Length12 in (30.5 cm)
Price range$$
Based on 2 reported specs.

Kelty Redwing 32

Kelty Redwing 32

16% choose this model (3rd most popular choice)
DimensionsHeight22 in (55.9 cm)
Width14 in (35.6 cm)
Length11 in (27.9 cm)
Price range$$
Based on 8 reported specs.

Kelty Redwing 40

Kelty Redwing 40

9% choose this model
Capacity39.3 l (2400 cuin)
Price range$$
Based on 15 reported specs.

Kelty Redwing 44

Kelty Redwing 44

38% choose this model (most popular choice)
DimensionsHeight25 in (63.5 cm)
Width15 in (38.1 cm)
Length12 in (30.5 cm)
Price range$$
Based on 2 reported specs.

Kelty Redwing 50

Kelty Redwing 50

37% choose this model (2nd most popular choice)
Capacity50.8 l (3100 cuin)
Price range$$
Based on 21 reported specs.


  • Compression straps
  • Hydration compatible
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops
  • Laptop compartment
  • Sternum strap
  • Side pockets
Actual features depend on model


Check how much you can pack in the different Kelty Redwing models:

Kelty Redwing vs similar bags

Kelty Redwing
Kelty Redwing (this bag)
Rating4.6 based on 1,809 reviews
Capacity39.3-50.8 l (2400-3100 cuin)
Weight2-3.7 lb (0.9-1.7 kg)

Kelty Redtail
Kelty Redtail
Rating4.6 based on 13 reviews
Weight1.6 lb (0.7 kg)

Kelty Redwing vs Osprey Farpoint

Osprey Farpoint
Osprey Farpoint
Rating 4.6 based on 402 reviews
Sometimes you want the best of both worlds. The Kelty Redwing has qualities suited for travel and outdoors exploration. You can pack as much as you need for whatever trip you're planning next.

The Osprey Farpoint is great for travel with its many accommodating pockets and compartments. You can fit your electronics and laptop in the Farpoint without any problem, but the Farpoint is not suited for outdoors activity at all.

Only buy it if you are going to travel somewhere your electronics will be needed. Buy the Kelty Redwing if you want to something more athletic.

Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel
Rating4.7 based on 618 reviews
Weight2.7-3.6 lb (1.2-1.6 kg)

Kelty Redwing vs Osprey Porter

Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter
Rating 4.7 based on 1,247 reviews
If you are in need of a flexible and willing travel partner, then these two backpacks are the solution for you.

Osprey Porter is a rugged duffel bag that has an in-built pack suspension. It also has a padded mesh shoulder harness and hip belt suspension for increased comfort. It also features a front panel pocket with laptop and tablet. It has an internal zip pocket for packing small items.

Kelty Redwing, on the other hand, is characterized by its full-access U-zipper which allows it to work both as a top and panel loader thus enhanced convenience. It has zippered side pockets, front pockets and stash pockets with organizations for small stuff and large compartments on top of the pack. It also has a hydration compatible design and a side water bottle pocket.

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Kelty Redwing photos from Amazon.de, Sunny Sports, Sunny Sports, Sunny Sports and Sunny Sports. All specs and features are based on automatic shopdata reports. Please check the specs/features before buying.

Last updated on May 26, 2018

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