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  • Dual side pockets; front stash pocket with closure hook; front pocket with organization; top stash pocket; water-bottle pockets
  • Dual-use laptop / hydration sleeve (hydration reservoir sold separately)
  • Side compression straps; hideaway daisy chain and handle; loops for ice axes or trekking poles
  • HDPE framesheet with single LightBeam aluminum stay;
  • Hexagonal mesh shoulder straps, removable hipbelt and ventilated, padded back panel
  • Sternum strap and load lifter straps


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Best Use Hiking
Bag Style Backpack
Frame Type Internal Frame
Gear Capacity (L) 44
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 2,700
Weight 2 lbs. 10 oz.
Weight - Metric 1,452 grams
Fits Torso 14.5 - 18.5 inches
Fits Waist/Hips 30 - 46 inches
Material(s) 420-denier polyester
Frame Material Aluminum + HDPE
Number of Stays 1
Pack Access Top
Number of Exterior Pockets 6
Hipbelt Yes
Dimensions 25 x 15 x 12 inches
Gender Men's
Rated 5 out of 5 by from makes for a great Day pack for long days I used this for my pack for a 26 day trek in Nepal. Porters carried most of my gear, I just needed a pack for things I would need during the day in between camps. I was used to an open bag type pack, but discovered all of the pockets were great for keeping things organized. Most days I had extra room, but when we were up at elevation and we got into full conditions it was great to have the extra gear & layers available. The one thing I would recommend is that a buyer also purchase a rain cover, there is an open storage area that will collect water in the rain. Over all this is a great pack with many great features.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kelty Redwing Great fit to my back, feels lighter than other 44 packs with the same weight in them because of better weight distribution. Fits everything I need for camping and Europe trips
Date published: 2016-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice! I was hesitant to go with a "smaller" pack for a month-long trip, but I like it very much. I'm a 5'1" female, and the small size fits me perfectly. It holds everything I need. My gear for a multi-day (or multi-week) trip comes to about 25 pounds, which this pack handles nicely. We're talking sleeping bag, medium-weight clothing layer, warm clothing layer, down jacket, 2 extra pairs wool socks, toiletry bag, cookset, and food for about 5 days. I line the pack with a trash compactor bag, and all this goes inside. Tent squishes down between the liner and the pack fabric. Groundsheet folds into the hydration sleeve, since I don't use a reservoir. Items needed on the spur of the moment go in the outside pockets: repair/first aid kit, hat, gloves, rain poncho, water bottles, water treatment, toilet paper. I would say the only shortcoming is that it doesn't have pockets on the hipbelt, but I can add my own if I want some. I'd give it 5 stars if it had those. There are loops and a daisy chain on the bottom for lashing a sleeping pad or other gear. Lower edges of upper side pockets are not stitched to the pack body, so you can slide your trekking or tent poles or umbrella behind them, cool feature. I tried a pack from another company; it was a pound lighter but had more capacity and pockets, but it didn't carry as well as this one. Despite the extra pound, it just feels better. Confession: I haven't hiked with it yet. However, I've done sections of the Appalachian Trail varying from 50-1000 miles, have used several packs, and I know a comfortable pack when I fill it up and put it on. It's like, OH, yes!
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the older version. People have mixed reviews about the new Kelty Redwing 44 comparing to the old ones. I ordered both. One from Amazon and one from REI. I can tell you that my experience is that the old version is definitely better. I did a few tests on both of them at home and old one was the winner. . Although they both label as 44. The old one actually has noticeable more capacity than the new one. They are both of identical high but the old one is wider so it's more spacious. Especially when I tried to put my sleeping bag in the backpack, the old one still had a lot of room to put more stuff while the new one didn't. I think the narrower design make it harder to put more items. . The mesh pockets on each side are shorter by about one inch on the new one than on the old one. This is a deal breaker for me. My biggest irritation with many backpacks is that the mesh pockets are too short, the water bottle always came out after you moved/walked for a while. It's extremely annoying that you have to keep picking up your water bottle because they fall on the floor or you just lose them completely. It tells me that many backpack designers don't really use the backpack themselves. Otherwise, why are all mesh pockets so short?! The ones on the old one was barely okay and they are definitely too short on the new ones. My elastic mesh actually constantly pushes the bottle out so you need to make it longer not shorter. . The new one is lighter, but it is for the cost of thinner material. I don't care how some people said they were the same quality. The new ones definitely are using lower quality materials to cut cost. It feels very thin and the zippers feel very cheap too. . Both of them don't have dedicated straps on the bottom to hang tents unlike many other backpacking backpacks. There are some fabric stitched to the bottom which I supposed you can buy a strap and hang your tent onto it. But it just seems to be something so essential to backpacking that they fail to consider. I am returning the new version of kelty 44. In fact, I might return both and not own a Kelty at all.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well organized travel bag I bought this bag a month ago and have nothing but good things to say about it. All the different compartments made it easy to know where certain items were for quicker access, while also providing a large space for all my clothes for the week. Not to mention being able to have it as a carry on and avoid paying baggage fees. Great bag!
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kelty Continues to Impress I already had a 90L Kelty Tioga that I adore, but needed something smaller for only 1-2 nights out. The Redwing serves exactly that. With all the expandable pockets and sturdy build I expect from Kelty. Was recently out in snow as well, it kept perfectly dry. Does miss certain creature comforts like a spot for a water bladder and a rain shell. But I knew that going in and it wasn't an item of concern for me.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Weight wrong on your website 1452 grams does NOT equal 2lbs 10oz. Weight is a big deal, and a product weighing more than advertised is a major thing for us thru-hikers.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome Took this on the 100 Mile Wilderness section home of the AT. This pack was amazing. Held up to everything that I could throw at it and no rubbing or anything. Ended up carrying my buddies gear as well and this handled the weight like a champ. I've had this for years and it's done amazing.
Date published: 2017-04-11
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I see this newer version is 25". Does that make it not carry-on compliant now? I fly mostly big commercial jets and not smaller planes. 

Asked by: 79MICK
The carry on restriction is usually limited to a length of 22 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-25

About carry on. Please could you give the measurements of the back of the pack from the bottom to the top of the rigid frame (not including the soft top pocket) to know if I can squash the pack into the bag limit frame at the check-in gate

Asked by: Neeman
Generally, we recommend packs that are 35-40 liters or less for carry-on and you should always check with your airline to get their specific rules. The pack material on this pack extends both above and below the back panel frame. That being said, from the bottom to the top of the frame, the measurement is about 21 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-10

I'm 6'4 with a 21" torso and I see kelty recommends a maximum torso length of 18.5 inches. Will this be a problem for me?

Asked by: Babbling Brook Brian
We do not recommend this pack for you as your torso length is much longer than what this pack is designed for.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-01

What size (max) waist/hip will this pack fit?

Asked by: Cupcake
​This pack has a maximum waist/hip measurement of 46 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-29
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