Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack
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- Redwing has features & organization needed for simplified travel or an overnight on the trail, versatility is the name of the game, it's Kelty Built
- Features: Top Loading, Top Lid converts to Sling Pack, Zippered side pockets, front pocket w/ organization, Stretch front pouch, Hydration Compatible
- Suspension Features: HDPE frame sheet, Hex Mesh back panel, shoulder straps & waist belt, ventilating back panel, Sternum strap, Load lifter straps
- Dimensions: Size (L x W x D) 25 x 15 x 12 in, Weight 2 lbs 10 oz, Volume 44 L, Torso Size 14.5 - 18.5 in , key fob
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The Redwing 44 is the perfect size for quick getaways, whether on the trail or in the air. Hybrid-loading U-zipper design works as both a top loader and panel loader, allowing easy access to all your gear. An additional stash pocket on the front of the pack makes it easy to tuck away a jacket or hoodie, and inside we've updated the organizers for maps, electronics, pens, and other travel essentials. The hydration sleeve is a dual-use pocket that can carry a laptop without worries. LightBeam single aluminum stay and Dynamic AirFlow back panel keep your load stable and comfortable. Whether your journey takes you to the streets of Chicago or the canyons of Colorado, the Redwing 44 has you covered.
The hydration sleeve is a dual-use pocket that can carry a laptop without worries.
Front pocket with organization allows everything to have a place.
Front Stash pocket with closure hook adds extra space to tuck away a jacket or hoodie.
LightBeam single aluminum stay and Dynamic AirFlow back panel keep your load stable and comfortable.
|Redwing 32||Women's Redwing 40||Redwing 44||Redwing 50||Redwing 50 Reserve|
|Volume||32 L||39 L||44 L||51 L||51 L|
|Torso Fit Range||One Size||14.5 - 18.5 in||14.5 - 18.5 in||15.5 - 21 in||15.5 - 21 in|
|Weight||2 lbs||2 lbs 10 oz||2 lbs 10 oz||3 lbs 11 oz||3 lbs 11 oz|
|Suspension||HDPE Frame Sheet||LightBeam single aluminum stay||LightBeam single aluminum stay||PerfectFIT suspension for on-body adjustments to customize your fit in seconds||PerfectFIT suspension for on-body adjustments to customize your fit in seconds|
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Lets start saying: this is for travel, been carrying for a while and the weight is well distributed and keeps firmly against the back.
The weight is carried to the hips and even when I loaded to full size didn't feel the push back like in others.
Lets end the discussion about the carry-on size:
You can see the pictures I fully loaded the backpack I mean almost breaking it (it didn't).
I tried this at spirit their carry on size is 22*18*10
Here goes the pictures:
1 - First thing to notice; yes it is 25" you can see how the top loading is outside.
2 - Trying to fit it in the tester; the top load goes over the size; but if is not totally filled can go inside with no problem.
3 - Another view; you can see how the top loader and also the front pocket won't fit; of course it is 25*15*12 ( I put a lot of things in the front pocket also, to check)
4 - A closer view, you can see it is just a little bit over the maximun size.
5 - I reorganized the things inside the backpack; used the compression straps and there you have it; yes it fits when is almost at full capacity
6 - This is a picture of it in the plain compartment, it fit completely nothing left outside.
I would say yes it is carry-on size as long as you don't try to squeeze things in every little space of it.
"No bad eyes on it from the people of the airways anyway"
First of all, it is definitely carry-on sized. I've attached two pictures: one of it in a airport measurement container and another with a measuring tape.
Here's a list of important features for travelling and hiking backpacks:
Yes - carry on size (22 x 14 x 9)
Yes - front loading
Yes - proper hip belt
Yes - durability
Yes - low weight (preferably around 3 lbs)
Yes - water bottle holder
Yes - laptop pocket
Yes - organization pocket
Yes - air panel for back air flow
Yes - conversion into daypack
Yes - extra side pockets
No - ability to hide the straps if checking it in
Possible - lockable zippers
No - rain cover
No - pockets on hip belt (though I've never used any)
This backpack meets all the main criteria. It is 2.7 lbs and 2.2 lbs without the hipbelt. It is definitely a proper hip belt meant for hiking. I haven't hiked more than a mile with it yet though while travelling and haven't gotten to take it out for a spin yet. It is both front loading and top loading. It works quite well.
Now for the extras for travelling, the only features this may be missing are the strap hideaway (which don't make sense for a carry-on/gate-check), hip belt pockets(never used them), and the lockable zippers. Regarding lockable zippers, they are quite easy to convert with steel wires, oval steel sleeves, and a pair of crimpers. It takes a few minutes with the right tools.
The laptop pocket works well and doubles as a hydration sleeve. While travelling and having everything packed tight, it may be more difficult to access. The two water bottle holders fit normal size water bottles and I haven't had one fall out yet. I haven't tried larger sizes yet. There is an organization pocket in the front that also has a padded 8x11 area that is perhaps meant for tablets. It has a few smaller pockets in there, nothing special or closable. The two side pockets are reasonably sized and then there is one pocket at the very top of the backpack which has a keychain extension in there. Note that only the main zippers and the organization pocket can be converted into lockable.
Regarding hiking features, there are molle loops at the bottom of the bag. The hip belt is pretty fantastic and the straps are adjustable. There is excellent padding and airflow in the back, much better than the 2015 version. On the front of the pack is a stowaway pocket between the organization pocket and the main pack. It's nice to be able to roll up a jacket and hook it in there. Picture attached. The side pockets also serve as a passthrough for storage of hiking sticks and what not. There are loops on the front, too, except they are now hidden. And, of course, the bag is 2.7 lbs with the hipstrap.
As a daypack, it is possible to remove the aluminum stay and the hipbelt and it becomes 2.2 lbs. Picture attached. Note that since the aluminum stay is no longer visible like the 2015 version, it is much tougher to put back in. In fact, it could take a pair of pliers to remove it in the first place.
Back to how much it can carry for travel, using packing cubes:
Large cube (13.75" x 12.75" x 4")- 2 jeans, 2 shorts, 1 swim trunk, laundry bag
Medium cube (13.75x9.75x4) - 8 t-shirts, 1 short-sleeve collared shirt, laundry bag
Small cube (11" x 6.75" x 4") - other stuff
Another small cube could possible fit here at the top.
On top of all of that, there are a lot of nice little details. The compression straps have a little elastic attached to them and can be rolled up. The front tablet pocket is padded. The chest strap can be adjusted up and down.
There is still room for improvement though. The 2015 version was slightly roomier. The side pockets were bigger also. Lockable zippers, attached rain cover, ability to hide straps, and maybe some hip pockets would make this backpack close to impossible to beat.
As it is, this is definitely the best backpack I've owned.
It has so many little features that are great there is no point listing them all. But it has everything a modern backpack should have. Laptop storage, hydration pack storage, organization panel, quick access jacket stuff spot, water bottle holders that can actually fit water bottles. It has lots of straps and great zipper pulls. I guess it would be nice if the front panel zipped all the way down to near the bottom of the bag, rather than just 2/3's the way down, but that feels kinda nit picky.
The weight distribution is awesome, I wish I had this when I was in middle school and had to carry 5 text books to school everyday.
I am no backpack expert but I am very happy with my choice for a carry on size back pack.