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Kelty Redwing 44 backpack Review

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Kelty Redwing 44
We checked 1859 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.6 out of 5.

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What you need to know

The Redwing 44 is a backpack with a capacity of 2685 cu in (44 litres). This bag is therefore the size of a small travel backpack.

Kelty Redwing 44 the backpack scored 4.6 stars out of 5 in our analysis. the backpack therefore got a fantastic rating that is better than almost all other backpacks.

Our analysis is based on hundreds of reviews (1,859 reviews in total), so it should give you an excellent idea about what the reviewers think of Redwing 44.

the backpack is made of synthetic fibre. The material is water repellent, so you don't need to worry if you carry the backpack in slightly bad weather. Just be aware that the backpack cannot handle being soaked in water, so don't expect it to protect your things in really heavy rain.

If you are flying, you will be pleased to know Redwing 44 is suitable as cabin luggage per the IATA-norm. So if you are good at packing, you can carry this one as your only bag when you travel.

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: Kelty
Model: Redwing 44

Capacity: 2685 cu in (44 litres)
Weight: -2.2 lbs
Weight/capacity score: -44
Height: -0.4 in
Width: -0.4 in
Depth: -0.4 in


Redwing 44 ranks #6 of all the reviewed Kelty bags.

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Design review

Our panel reviewed the bags based on anonymized photos. Thereby, they could comment on the designs without being influenced by the brands. Kelty Redwing 44 got an average design rating of 3 out of 5.

Something went wrong with the design of Redwing 44. When compared with the hundreds of other bags we have reviewed, the score of 3 is below average. The design is therefore something most people don't like.

All the design ratings were exactly 3! This tells us that the reviewers have quite similar opinions about the design. The reviewers generally found the design of Redwing 44 quite average.

Price of the backpack

The price of Redwing 44 is a bit lower than the average backpack price. When you consider the capacity of 2685 cu in, it's around -30% cheaper than most backpacks.

This does not necessarly mean it's a bad backpack to buy. It might also be that the brand or model is just a bit cheaper than you would expect.If you like the bag, you should still consider despite the lower price!

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the Kelty Redwing 44 bag:

Reviewers like these things about the Kelty Redwing 44

  • 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.

Selected 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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Last updated on August 14, 2018