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Kelty Redwing Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated April 2019

4.08
based on 2,082 reviews


We have checked thousands of reviews and found 8 reasons to buy the Redwing - and 4 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


85% of the reviewers give the Kelty Redwing a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (68%)
Good (17%)
Average (5%)
Poor (5%)
Bad (2%)





Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Kelty Redwing:

Reviewers like these things about the 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.

Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Kelty Redwing models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity32-50 l (1953-3051 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2-3.7 oz (0.9-1.7 kg)
Length iconLength22-26 in (56-66 cm)
Width12-16 in (30-41 cm)
Height11-12 in (28-30 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Hiking
Travel
Backpacking
Cycling
School
Sport



Popular Models


Kelty Redwing 50

41% choose the Kelty Redwing 50

41 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity50 l (3051 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.7 oz (1.7 kg)
Length iconLength26 in (66 cm)
Width16 in (41 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)


Kelty Redwing 44

37% choose the Kelty Redwing 44

37 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity44 l (2685 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.6 oz (1.2 kg)
Length iconLength25 in (64 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)


Kelty Redwing 32

15% choose the Kelty Redwing 32

15 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity32 l (1953 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2 oz (0.9 kg)
Length iconLength22 in (56 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)


Kelty Redwing 40

6% choose the Kelty Redwing 40

6 %
Colors and combinations:

Black


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity39.65 l (2420 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.45 oz (1.1 kg)
Length iconLength23 in (58 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)




Kelty Redwing 44 vs Redwing 50


The two most popular Kelty Redwing models are the Redwing 44 and the Redwing 50, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 78% of the people interested in the Kelty Redwing bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Redwing 50 which is choosen by 41% (1.1 times as many as the 37% that choose the Redwing 44).

Redwing 44Redwing 50
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Redwing 44 is typically around $20 cheaper than the Redwing 50, but check the deals before you buy.

Redwing 44Redwing 50
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Redwing 44 has a capacity of 44 l, while the Redwing 50 has a capacity of 50 l.

Redwing 44Redwing 50
Biggest

For a traveller, the 6 L (366 cuin) difference equals around 1 pants and 1 jacket.

Packing the Redwing 44
laptop
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
2
pants
1
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
1
Extra in the Redwing 50
pants
1
jacket
1

If you are an athlete, the 6 L difference equals 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks and 1 jacket.

Packing the Redwing 44
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
2
shoes
1
protein_bar
4
towel
1
football
1
book
1
Extra in the Redwing 50
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
jacket
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 pants, 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks and 2 packaged meals.

Packing the Redwing 44
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
2
Extra in the Redwing 50
pants
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
packaged_meal
2

Check how you can pack the Redwing here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Redwing 44 is 1.1 kg (38.8 oz) lower than the weight of the Redwing 50.

Redwing 44Redwing 50
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, the Redwing 44 is 1 in (2 cm) longer than the Redwing 50 (25 vs. 26 in). It's 1 in (2 cm) wider (15 vs. 16 in), while the height is the same (both 12 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black, blue and red.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Kelty Redwing features:
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops
  • Side pockets
  • Hydration compatible
  • Sternum strap
  • Hydration bladder
  • Compression straps
  • Water bottle pockets

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Laptop compartment
  • Carry-on size
  • Ventilated back panel

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 Redwing models (the most popular choice is the Redwing 50).




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.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
3232 l2 oz0.06 oz/L
4039.65 l2.45 oz0.06 oz/L
4444 l2.6 oz0.06 oz/L
5050 l3.7 oz0.07 oz/L


Kelty Redwing
Average for 22,363+ different bags




Rankings


vs Kelty Bags

The Kelty Redwing ranks #8 compared with the other Kelty bags.

Top 30% Kelty bag

6Kelty Super Tioga
4.10
Kelty Super Tioga
7Kelty Journey
4.09
Kelty Journey
8Kelty Redwing
4.08
Kelty Redwing
9Kelty Trekker
4.07
Kelty Trekker
10Kelty Pawnee
4.05
Kelty Pawnee

vs All Bags

The Kelty Redwing ranks #982 compared with all the bags we have checked.

980Nino Bossi Oh Cecilia
4.09
Nino Bossi Oh Cecilia
981Kelty Redwing
4.08
Kelty Redwing
982Arcteryx Aerios
4.08
Arcteryx Aerios
983Osprey Variant
4.08
Osprey Variant
984Gregory Drift
4.08
Gregory Drift



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Kelty Redwing vs 6 other, similar bags.

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Kelty Redwing vs Kelty Flyway


Kelty Redwing
Kelty Redwing

4.08
BEST
Based on 2,082 reviews
Capacity: 32-50 l
Weight: 2-3.7 oz
Price: $$


Kelty Flyway

0.00

Based on 0 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price:

  • The Redwing is rated quite a lot better than the Flyway.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,082 reviews of the two bags.

Only the Redwing is available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Grey
Green




Kelty Redwing vs Kelty Redtail


Kelty Redwing
Kelty Redwing

4.08
BEST
Based on 2,082 reviews
Capacity: 32-50 l
Weight: 2-3.7 oz
Price: $$


Kelty Redtail
Kelty Redtail

4.04

Based on 14 reviews

Capacity: 27 l
Weight: 1.5 oz
Price: $$

  • The Redwing is rated about the same as the Redtail.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,096 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Redwing is 85% bigger than the biggest Redtail (50 L vs 27 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Redwing is 147% heavier than the biggest Redtail (3.7 oz vs 1.5 oz).

FeatureRedwingRedtail
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Laptop compartment
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue

Only the Redwing is available in these colors:
Red
Grey
Green




Kelty Redwing vs Osprey Farpoint


Kelty Redwing
Kelty Redwing

4.08

Based on 2,082 reviews
Capacity: 32-50 l
Weight: 2-3.7 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Farpoint
Osprey Farpoint

4.56
BEST
Based on 2,241 reviews

Capacity: 38-76 l
Weight: 3-4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Redwing is rated somewhat worse than the Farpoint.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 4,323 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Redwing is 52% smaller than the biggest Farpoint (50 L vs 76 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Redwing is 8% lighter than the biggest Farpoint (3.7 oz vs 4 oz).

FeatureRedwingFarpoint
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Removable daypack
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Grey

Only the Redwing is available in these colors:
Green

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.


Kelty Redwing vs Osprey Kestrel


Kelty Redwing
Kelty Redwing

4.08

Based on 2,082 reviews
Capacity: 32-50 l
Weight: 2-3.7 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,141 reviews

Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Redwing is rated slightly worse than the Kestrel.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,223 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Redwing is 9% bigger than the biggest Kestrel (50 L vs 46 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Redwing is 3% lighter than the biggest Kestrel (3.7 oz vs 3.8 oz).

FeatureRedwingKestrel
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Laptop compartment
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Grey
Green




Kelty Redwing vs Osprey Porter


Kelty Redwing
Kelty Redwing

4.08

Based on 2,082 reviews
Capacity: 32-50 l
Weight: 2-3.7 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter

4.67
BEST
Based on 1,578 reviews

Capacity: 30-65 l
Weight: 2.2-3.3 oz
Price: $$

  • The Redwing is rated somewhat worse than the Porter.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,660 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Redwing is 30% smaller than the biggest Porter (50 L vs 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Redwing is 12% heavier than the biggest Porter (3.7 oz vs 3.3 oz).

FeatureRedwingPorter
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Harness system
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Red
Grey
Green

Only the Redwing is available in these colors:
Blue




Kelty Redwing vs REI Vagabond


Kelty Redwing
Kelty Redwing

4.08
BEST
Based on 2,082 reviews
Capacity: 32-50 l
Weight: 2-3.7 oz
Price: $$


REI Vagabond
REI Vagabond

0.00

Based on 0 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price:

  • The Redwing is rated quite a lot better than the Vagabond.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,082 reviews of the two bags.

Only the Redwing is available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Red
Grey
Green







Selected Reviews


Her Packing List

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.

Posted 4 October 2017 by Ali Garland - Read full review

Anthony Awaken people

Anthony Awaken

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.

Posted 6 September 2016 by Anthony - Read full review


Let's Talk Survival

The high-quality materials provide a superior resistance to abrasion and tearing for years of ardent service while keeping the pack lightweight and affordable.

Posted 24 June 2015 by Steve Ackerman - Read full review

Colorado Mountain Mom

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.

Posted 30 July 2014 by Tami - Read full review

Thither

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.

Posted 9 January 2014 by Jonathan Looi - Read full review

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Last updated on April 19, 2019