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Kelty Redwing 50

*Est. $120
March 2013
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Kelty Redwing 50

Lightweight Weekend Hiking Backpack

  • Lightweight
  • Water resistant
  • Durable
  • May be too small for long trips
  • Uncomfortable to some
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Bottom Line

The versatile Kelty Redwing 50 is great for shorter hikes of a few days, reviewers say. It's also is a good choice for travel as it converts to a duffel bag with a handle, fitting into most airplanes' overhead bins. Owners say it's easy to use, with plenty of compartments that make packing simple and intuitive. Although it's easy to adjust, some owners say the stability bar that runs down the back may be uncomfortable.


Great for hiking or traveling. While the Kelty Redwing 50 is designed to be a hiking backpack, it also proves to be very useful when traveling. Many users comment on how they can take it as carry-on luggage on their flights. It is large enough for a weekend hike, but if you are planning a longer trip, you may want a larger bag.

The Redwing 50 has a bar running up the middle of the pack. It is designed to provide structure and stability, however some users complain this actually makes the pack more uncomfortable. One reviewer says, "It reminds me of sleeping on a rollout bed with that darn bar in your back." However, other reviewers say the bar can be bent to conform to the shape of your back.

Ease Of Use

Plenty of compartments. Owners say the Kelty Redwing 50 is easy to use and adjust, and the multiple compartments make packing intuitive and simple. Reviewers like how the main zipper opens up almost the entire pack, making it easy to fish around for gear without unpacking. It is hydration compatible and has side pockets for water bottles.

The padded waist belt can be removed when traveling, making it lighter and smaller when not needed for hiking. It can also be carried like a duffel bag. Most reviewers say it fits well in the majority of overhead compartments on commercial airlines.


Made to last. The Kelty Redwing 50 is built with strong 420D polyester, and the seams are strong. The pack is equipped with many daisy chains (a string of loops) on the back and bottom for attaching extra accessories, something many owners love. The heavy-duty zippers are water sealed and have overlapping flaps to prevent water from getting in.

Customer Service

High standards. The Kelty Redwing 50 is covered by a lifetime warranty, and Kelty has a stellar reputation for customer service, as attested to by reviewers at retail sites and in backpacking forums.

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Kelty Redwing 50-Liter Backpack, Forest Night, Medium/Large

 (97 reviews)
Buy new: $124.95 $93.71   10 New from $93.68

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Review Credibility: Good Alex Burciaga has very few complaints about the Kelty Redwing 50 and mostly praises the bag for its convenience, durability and overall quality.

Review: Kelty Redwing 50 Review, Alex Burciaga, June 14, 2012


Review Credibility: Good features an interview with traveler Connie Hum regarding her Kelty Redwing 50. The interview was part of a series run by the website on women and their backpacks. The interviewer asks a handful of questions on the good, bad, and everything in between regarding her pack.

Review: Meet Connie Hum and Her Kelty Redwing 50, "Caroline", Nov. 22, 2012


Review Credibility: Good In more than 90 customer reviews, the Kelty Redwing 50 earns an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. The only major complaints are about the discomfort of the bag. Many others found the bag to be very comfortable. These reviews offer first-hand insightful experiences and opinions of the pack.

Review: Kelty Redwing 50 Internal Frame Pack, Contributors to, As of March 2013


Review Credibility: Fair hosts forums where members are welcome to discuss different gear they have used in their travels. One such thread deals directly with Kelty's customer service. The customer was extremely satisfied with the quality and care they received from the company.

Review: FYI Kelty Customer Service & Warranty, Contributors to, As of March 2013

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