Kelty Redtail 27 daypack presented here is the improved version of the well-known Kelty’s pack. This is an ultra-lightweight multi-functional backpack with only 1 lb 9 oz (0.7 kg) of weight.
- Versatile pack.
- Great price.
The Kelty Redtail pack has been around for many years already, first in its 30 liters (1800 cubic inches) version and then as a 27 liters pack. The 27 liters version has also been modified in the past.
This pack is described as a crossover between around-town use and outdoor use. Obviously, being the panel-loading type makes it look like an ordinary all-around pack. But the side stretch pockets, compression straps, and the hip belt give an impression of an outdoor tool.
The main compartment is with an internal compartment that doubles as a laptop sleeve and as a water bladder sleeve, and for such an outdoor use there is a hose port on the top back section of the pack.
There are no many pockets here. The usual stretch mesh pockets on the sides are for water bottles or for any longer objects which can be stored there and then fixed in place with the side compression straps shown in the picture above.
One small zippered pocket is on the top, and on the front you have a very large zippered pocket with several compartments inside of it, see the picture above.
Suspension and harness
The Redtail 27 is without any metal frame, just am HDPE panel is all that gives it its shape. But the padding is excellent, with large ventilation channels visible in the picture above, and all is covered by a pleasant and breathable hex mesh. The same pleasant padding and mesh are on the shoulder straps as well.
The hip belt is very narrow, so this definitely is not the best feature in this otherwise nicely built pack.
See a bit more in this short video by Kelty:
What is new in the new version
- The first thing you will notice is that the new pack is without the front grab handle which was available in the previous version. So the front looks quite different.
- There is a huge difference in the padding. This is a great improvement in the new version. The new padding is far better and ventilation channels are much larger and deeper.
- The shape is changed; the new version looks narrower on the bottom.
Pros & cons
My list looks as follows:
Specifications & summary of features
- Weight: 1 lb 9 oz (0.7 kg).
- Volume: 1650 in³ (27 L).
- One size: 21 x 10 x 10 in (53 x 25 x 25 cm).
- Fixed torso length.
- Fabric: Poly 420D Small Back Stafford.
- HDPE frame sheet.
- Hex Mesh back panel, shoulder straps, and hip belt.
- Panel loading type.
- Front pocket with organization.
- Top stash pocket.
- Side compression straps.
- Dual side stretch water bottle pockets.
- Dual-use laptop/hydration sleeve.
- Key fob.
- Sternum strap.
- Colors: 3, see the pictures.
To summarize this text about the Kelty Redtail 27 daypack, I have no doubts that this is a reliable tool. Obviously, it is a versatile and multi-purpose pack, but I have a feeling that somehow it is half-way in every direction, not completely a city pack and not completely an outdoor tool.
You have seen my list of cons, it is long but your own list may look different, this is the matter of preference and purpose you have for a pack. I have a pack of the same size, but it contains all features that are missing here. The tiny hip belt has no much purpose for a city use, and it may not perform well when the pack is fully loaded for an outdoor tour.
But the price is truly great and the same holds for the harness padding. So if you need a tool for occasional outdoor use and do not want to spend much, this pack could be the right choice.
Note, almost the same size is the Kelty Ruckus 28, but with very different features, have a look. If you need something smaller from the same brands, please see this completely new series Kelty Riot 22 and Riot 15. As for larger packs from the same brand, check this Kelty Redwing 30 Tactical and Kelty Redwing 32 for women. From other brands, check for example this Deuter Futura 28 SL if you need a padded hip belt and hip belt pockets.
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