Kelty Redwing 44 Tactical pack

Kelty Redwing 44 Tactical Pack Review – Strongly Built

This Kelty Redwing 44 Tactical Pack Assessment is a few pack from the brand new 2018 Kelty’s collection of sturdy and robust packs constructed within the navy fashion.

Kelty Redwing 44 Tactical, Forest Green.

Kelty Redwing 44 Tactical, Forest Inexperienced.

What sort of pack is that this

The Redwing 44 Tactical is a pack from a brand new collection launched at first of 2018 by Kelty. The collection contains additionally the Redwing 30 Tactical and Redwing 50 Tactical. From the outline beneath you’ll understand that it is a bit trimmed model of the “commonplace” Redwing 44 pack, although you could have a lot much less distinction right here than within the smaller Tactical 30 (as in comparison with the Redwing 32).

The Redwing is a widely known collection from Kelty which has been round for a few years, and it has been modified up to now. This new Redwing Tactical collection may very well be understood as one more improve, however be aware that the “common” Redwing collection remains to be available on the market and I didn’t hear about any plans to discontinue it.

Kelty Redwing 44 Tactical vs Kelty Redwing 44 

So here’s a desk with crucial variations. Please be aware that the Redwing 44 is described intimately in my separate evaluation.

  Redwing 44 Tactical Redwing 44
 Weight Three lb 12 oz (1.7 kg) 2 lb 10 oz (1.2 kg)
 Dimensions, in 24 x 16 x 12 25 x 15 x 12
 Attachment loops Three 2
 Entrance daisy chain uncovered hidden
 Entrance stash pocket no sure
 Cloth 500D Kodra* 420D poly
 Colours four Three
 Backside daisy chains sure no

*Kodra is a really sturdy nylon, much like Cordura. One might say that is the Korean model of Cordura.

However this isn’t all, listed here are some extra:

  • Again panel padding may be very completely different. It’s extra nice on the Redwing 44 the place the Hex mesh covers the entire again panel. Within the Redwing 44 Tactical, the central keep is just not coated, see the image beneath.
  • Shoulder straps are completely different; you could have a navy fashion within the Tactical 44 pack.
  • The Redwing 44 has V-shaped horizontal entrance straps on the hip belt, on each side. Such a development fasten the hip belt fins higher, the higher and decrease elements are tightened independently and this will increase hugging of the hip bones. You shouldn’t have this within the Redwing 44 Tactical the place there is just one strap on either side resulting in the entrance buckle, see the image beneath.

So the Redwing 44 Tactical seems extra rugged and it’s significantly heavier. However see how the suspension system seems like, see the robust entrance buckle and the one straps on he hip belt:

Kelty Redwing 44 Tactical Pack – suspension system.

So what you actually have right here – essential options

This can be a panel loading backpack however the zipper is such you can open the highest half solely, and it seems partly like a high loader. Whenever you unclip the 2 facet buckles, you may open the pack all the way in which nearly to the underside.

The interior space is one single compartment with a padded sleeve inside, which you should utilize both for a pc or for a water bladder.

The view into the primary compartment.

Huge padding.

Suspension system

The suspension relies on a central aluminum keep which is seen from outdoors, see the image above, and an HDPE body sheet which provides the pack its form and rigidity. The again panel padding is thick on the 2 sides and this creates the central chimney for air flow.

The lumbar padding is very large, and the hip belt may be very huge and generously padded. The identical fashion padding is on the shoulder harness, so it is a good design.

Be aware that the waist belt is detachable. If you happen to surprise why would anyone do that, take into consideration journey. As soon as, my daughter got here from a visit with out the hip belt, it was in some way misplaced within the transportation on the airport. So that you merely take away it to keep away from damages or to have it misplaced.


The pockets are nearly the identical as within the Redwing 44. So to begin from the highest the place you could have a zippered high pocket which provides the pack its form much like the traditional lid.

One massive zippered pocket is on the entrance and inside it, you could have a number of completely different mesh pockets, plus one further pocket for glasses. This group space is definitely helpful when you use the Redwing 44 Tactical as a journey pack.

Two lover facet pockets are pre-shaped and constructed from the identical cloth because the pack, so they aren’t stretchy. You’ve gotten a drawcord there to cinch their high. However I’m puzzled by their design as a result of they appear ineffective. They’re too huge and too shallow for any water bottle. So to have a bottle inside, you’d have additionally to repair it with the decrease facet strap.

Nonetheless, there are additionally two higher zippered facet pockets that are just too shut, and you can’t put a bottle within the decrease pocket if the higher pockets are full. Being so puzzled with this design, I despatched an electronic mail to Kelty and this was the reply: “You should utilize that facet pouch for no matter you’d like, however it’s made to suit the underside of a shotgun/longer gun.” Now you already know what that is about.

These higher facet zippered pockets are the perfect half for me, I like to have them in all packs, however as you absolutely know, not many packs these days have such zippered pockets. These are very helpful massive pockets and you may carry plenty of stuff there, nice for group in any case.

You even have the pass-through “pockets” behind these higher zippered pockets. That is once more one thing actually helpful. Any elongated object will keep mounted there if you go it and retailer within the decrease facet pockets. Be aware that you just even have straps to repair all in place, see the image beneath. I like this design.

So you could have in complete 6 “regular” pockets plus the pass-through storage pockets, plus a number of smaller pockets within the entrance pocket. Not dangerous in any respect. The one lacking right here is the hip belt pockets. Pity in view of such a large hip belt which you’ll be able to see beneath.
The side view showing side pockets, side compression straps, the front pocket, and also the top pocket.

The facet view displaying facet pockets, facet compression straps, the entrance pocket, and likewise the highest pocket.

Attachment parts

The image above exhibits the twin facet compression straps; these are very helpful for gear within the decrease pockets and the pass-through pockets.

There are Three massive attachment loops on the underside, the 2 on the left and on the proper can be utilized in pair with the higher straps to repair poles. The central loop’s function is a little bit of a thriller to me.

You even have a central daisy chain with a deal with on the entrance, so the talked about central backside loop is part of it.

Two parallel daisy chains are on the underside of the pack, you shouldn’t have this within the common Redwing 44 pack.



  • Weight: Three lb 12 oz (1.7 kg).
  • Quantity: 44 L.
  • Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 12 in (61 x 41 x 30 cm).
  • Cloth: 500D Kodra.
  • Body: aluminum.
  • # eight zippers.
  • Three device loops.
  • Colours: four.


Remaining ideas

Within the abstract of this Kelty Redwing 44 Tactical Pack Assessment, I’d stress that they’ve added some options from the earlier Redwing packs and eliminated some which are at present out there within the common Redwing 44 pack. The supplies are stronger and the pack seems very dependable. I like the truth that they stored the facet zippered pockets and the pass-through pockets. The padding seems strong and good, however it’s not on the extent of the common Redwing 44 pack.If this pack is simply too massive for you, verify its smaller cousin the Redwing 30 Tactical.

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