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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) 39
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 2,400 cubic inches
Weight 2 lbs. 10 oz.
Weight - Metric 1134 grams
Fits Torso 14.5 - 18.5 inches
Fits Waist/Hips Unavailable
Material(s) 420-denier polyester
Frame Material Aluminum + HDPE
Number of Stays 1
Pack Access Top
Number of Exterior Pockets 6
Hipbelt Yes
Dimensions 23 x 14 x 12 inches
Gender Women's
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pack I recently purchased this for my wife for a day pack, travel pack, or weekend hiking/camping pack. For those questioning the capacity for a weekend camping/hiking trip, I carry more of our things in my pack. This pack is lightweight and very versatile with a lot of organizational features. The suspension is not Kelty's perfect fit suspension, but using the load lifter straps it can be adjusted to fit 14-18.5" torsos. The shoulder straps and hipbelt are well padded and designed for a women's body type. The stretch mesh pockets can fit a Nalgene bottle and the front stash pocket is perfect for raingear. My wife loves that it has a j style opening rather than being just a top loader. All the straps have great loops at the end to stow away excess. The hipbelt can be removed for carry on during travel. It is a very well thought out pack that is virtually perfect; however, I gave it four instead of 5 stars due to not having hipbelt pockets.
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatly improved I had the previous version of the Redwing 40 (2014?), and ended up returning it. This new 2016 design has fixed the only two issues I had with that pack. The first was the exposed aluminum stay in the back, which is now hidden behind a lot of padding. (The other one hurt my spine to the point where it took a month to heal, and was the reason for my return). The second issue was ventilation. The other pack was HOT, even in winter, once I warmed up. This one has large channels between the padding which allow air through, and this helps immensely. It's not as cool as the Osprey packs that have rigid mesh which holds the pack away from your back, but it's still pretty good. I love the organizational design: easy access to main compartment from top, side, or front; side pockets; water bottle pockets; two top sections, and misc front section that holds paper and phone and many other things. I carry 16 oz water bottles, and you can easily have one in each side pocket and one in each mesh pocket, which makes four, or two liters of water. (You can also carry a water bladder, which I rarely do in cooler weather). I find it easy, when the water is in the side mesh pockets, to reach back and get it and then return it to the pockets without removing the pack. Somehow they are positioned just right to allow this. The waist band is both thicker and wider now, which distributes the pressure on the stomach, while helping to place most of the weight of the pack on the hips. For the most part, the things you put in the exterior pockets don't infringe on the space of the main compartment, something I can't say for my Osprey Mira 26 (my warm weather pack). When the older version Kelty didn't work, I tried the Osprey Exos 48, but had to return that too. Not only did it pinch my right hip continuously, but the narrow, continuous feed compressions straps were a pain, and I really hated the drawstring, top-loading design. Just felt like I was in a constant battle with that bag any time I needed to get into it. Many people absolutely love the Exos 48. It was worthy of a 5-star review, but it just didn't work for me. Anyway, SO glad I returned my other Kelty and the Exos 48 and got this one. One more minor detail--I thought the sort-of-teal color was just hideous in the picture, but in person, it's deep and rich. I love it. Glad I didn't go for the black!
Date published: 2016-04-23
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Does this come with a rain cover? If not, can it hold up sufficiently against light to moderate rain?

Asked by: metzalx
The Redwing 40 does not come with a rain cover. We recommend purchasing a 40 liter rain cover separately.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03

How big of a water bladder can fit for this pack?

Asked by: TravelingDonkey
This pack fits up to a 3 liter reservoir.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-10

I understand this backpack's waist belt is up to 36 inches. Which is acceptable but I'm overweight, trying to lose of course but just above a 36 in waist. Do you know the dimensions of the waist belt?

Asked by: AmyProctor
This waist belt has an adjustment range of 26-44 inches. The webbing is 1.5 inches wide.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-03

I don't understand how the hydration pack hooks into this pack. The pack has 2 hooks on the side?

Asked by: hiker74
The hooks are often used to latch into the holes that are found at the ends of a hydration bladder (the end opposite the drinking tube port). Using the hooks (when possible) the bladder can suspend in the sleeve. If the bladder you're using does not have the holes at the end, you can simply slide the bladder into the sleeve and disregard the hooks.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-06

Are there options to attach a side pouch on the bottom? Or are there straps on the bottom of the pack to cinch a small item-like for instance a sleeping bag or small tent ? Thanks!  

Asked by: jr4241
​This pack does not include straps for storage on the bottom.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-10

How is this diff from the kelty redwing 44L other than it being a mans version? Can a women use the 44 L? Looks like the main diff is color choice?

Asked by: Mclark34
The Kelty Redwing 40 includes a women-specific suspension system where the Redwing 44 does not, the color is also different. It is possible for a women to also use the Kelty Redwing 44.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-01
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