It's tough to improve on a classic, but Kelty's managed to make the Redwing 40 Women's Backpack even better without adding all sorts of bells and whistles. Instead, it outfitted this overnighter with a new hydration sleeve that doubles as a laptop pocket when your travels are in the city instead of on the trail, and hooked up a new front pocket that makes it easy to stash a rain shell or fleece when you're on the move in variable conditions. The rest of the Redwing is unchanged from the rugged polyester fabric, to the single LightBeam aluminum stay, and the strong but flexible HDPE framesheet. Coupled with the women's-specific suspension design, these features help stabilize your load and disperse weight between your shoulders and hips, while the breathable Hex Mesh backpanel, shoulder straps, and hip belt keep you cool when the trail is hot and dusty. You can also remove the hipbelt if you feel the need to go light and fast on your way to the summit, and stash your trekking poles and ice axes in the loops for easy scrambling. Kelty topped the Redwing off with pockets at the sides, front, and back for easy access to all your key gear, and even built in a hideaway daisy chain that lets you strap sleeping pads and wet layers onto the outside of your pack.
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