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Redcloud 6400
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Redcloud 6400

 

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Redcloud 6400

Manufacturer: Kelty

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Page By: Bryan W

Created/Edited: Jun 7, 2003 / Jun 7, 2003

Object ID: 745

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Kelty: RedCloud 6400 - The RedCloud 6400 is a streamlined technical pack built for discriminating advanced backcountry enthusiasts but user-friendly enough for novice hikers. Whether you're into mountaineering or lowland trekking, this versatile pack has everything you need in one complete package. While dozens of other pack manufacturers concentrate building packs with lots of pockets and carrying features, the RedCloud emphasizes comfort with an easy-to-adjust LockDown™ Suspension and a triple-ply Load Hauler™ waistbelt. An open-cell back padding helps absorb pressure and eliminate discomfort on long treks. Of course, the RedCloud also has lots of cool gear-oriented stuff like a top lid that converts to a fanny pack and a zip-out sleeping bag compartment, but if there's an all-time favorite feature about this versatile Kelty pack, it has to be the reasonable price tag. The value to versatility ratio doesn't get much better than this.



LockDown™ Suspension with twin stays to help transfer load to waistbelt

Load Hauler™ triple-layer waistbelt with HDPE plastic backing

Curved CobraCut™ shoulder straps with load lifter design

Sternum strap with triple-webbing reinforcements

EVA core for added padding

Open-cell contact layer for added pressure absorption

Scherer Cinch waistbelt adjustment system

Dual water bottle pockets

Top lid converts to fanny pack

Zip-out divider and sleeping bag compartment

Capacity: 6,400 cu. in. (104.9 l.)

Dimensions: 36 in. x 15 in. x 9 in. (91.4 cm. x 38.1 cm. x 22.9 cm.)

Weight: 6 lb. 3 oz. (2.81 kg.)

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Bryan WUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Can you really beat this backpack at half the price and roughly the same weight as other packs? Sleeping bag compartment is big enough for a TNF synthetic -20 degree bag. Lots of cargo space in many compartments. I wish it had true ice axe loops, but the water bottle compartments and cargo pockets double for that and do just fine. $150 at Galyan's
Posted Jun 7, 2003 7:16 pm

vertxUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I used this pack for about 3 years. While it performed adequately and the construction was solid, I never really liked the pack. Carrying anything on the outside like ice axes was a pain. You have to be really creative to tie things off to the outside because of the lack of a daisy chain or loops. The size was overkill for anything but long multiday hikes.

The sleeping bag compartment is huge. It swallowed my -10 bag with ease. All the outside compartments made for easy sorting of your gear with easy access to it all. The waistbelt is comfortable and the pack adjustments make it easy to adjust the load.

In all it is a decent pack but probably overkill for the average day or two hike/climb. However, the price makes it attractive.
Posted Nov 19, 2003 10:28 am

RckyMtneerVery Comfortable

Voted 5/5

I've had this pack now for several years. I've loaded it with close to 70 pounds for a 10 day wilderness trip, and it managed the weight well. The adjustment straps help you balance the weight well to keep it close to your body. It does not have any accomodation for a hydration reservoir which is a big drawback, but there is one pocket on the right side that I can usually stuff one into and then run the tube out the top and over my shoulder.

It does take some creativity to hook a lot of stuff to the outside, but there are enough options that I've always managed. I've also found the materials to be very durable. If it ever wears out, I will definately want another one just like it. Definately not a day pack and is even a bit big for just a weekend, but for expedition type trips, this is an awesome pack!
Posted Jan 30, 2008 11:51 am

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