This is a follow-up update of my last review for a travel bag for the best travel carry-on backpack, you may read more about that at this link here.

Important Tips For Buying A Good Travel Carry-On Backpack

The standard size for most airlines allowed is no larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″ ( 55.88cm x 35.56cm x 22.86cm ) for carry-on bags. But I start to realise most airlines today especially the budget airlines are not very strict in following these measures and it is possible to go through as long you make your bag looks compact when you are boarding the plane.

I love to travel and looking for a backpack with the following features can be hard to find.

  • Large 44 litres for maximum carry on load
  • Lightweight
  • Has good suspension system for our back
  • Lumbar support to transfer the weight to our lumbar area instead of our shoulders
  • Water bottle holder on the sides
  • Water resistant
  • Easy accessible to pack my stuff
  • Affordable price

Most bags do not actually come with good suspension or back support and that can be problem when it comes to use of your bag for long term use. After a long research I end up picking the Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack (2016) 

Kelty Redwing 44 Liter Backpack 2016 Edition

Kelty Redwing 44 2016 Backpack Dimensions

  • Volume: 2700 in3 / 44 L
  • Frame Type:  Internal
  • Weight:  2 lbs 10 oz / 1.2 kg
  • Torso Fit Range:  14.5 – 18.5 in / 37 – 47 cm
  • Dimensions: 25 x 15 x 12 in / 64 x 38 x 30 cm
    ( note: can be reduced to 21inch (54cm) height if not filled means carry on compatible :) )

Kely Redwing 44 2016 Features

  • Dual side pockets
  • Front pocket with organization
  • Front Stash pocket with closure hook
  • Top stash pocket
  • Side compression straps
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Dual use Laptop / Hydration Sleeve
  • Hide-Away Daisy Chain and Handle
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops
  • Key fob
  • HDPE frame sheet
  • Hex Mesh back panel, shoulder straps and waist belt
  • Padded and ventilating back panel
  • Sternum strap
  • Load lifter straps
  • Single LightBeam aluminum stay
  • Removable waist belt

My Honest Review On The Kelty Red Wing 44 2016

While this bag states it’s height is 25 inch ( 64cm ) , it is actual height without packing too much into the bag can be reduced to 21inch (54cm) which is perfect for Carry On! Just make sure when you are going up the plane not to filled up the bag beyond the height of the top pocket.

When the new Kelty Redwing 2016, it was mention on their website the height of the bag was increased by 2 inches and it was a big concern for previous owners of the Kelty Redwing 44 which used it often for carry on. I am happy to say for owners of previous models of the Redwing 44 the height still remains the same as the old model.

I did my own review of the Kelty Redwing 2016 and the old model if you keen to look at the differences in the upgrades below.

More Images of This Bag

Other Kelty Redwing Models You Can Consider

Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack Models & Colors

If you do not mind a big bag and wish to take advantage of the all the carry on given to you on the planes I will recommend the following options and colours to choose from.

 

 

 

 

Kelty Woman’s Redwing 40 Backpack 2016 Models & Colours

For ladies, I would recommend getting the 40 litre pack for better fitting and these are specially designed for woman which are also carry on ready as well.

 

 

 

 

Kelty Redwing 32 Backpack 2016 Models & Colors

Great for those that do not need such a big backpack options.