Kelty Flyway 43
Kelty Redwing 44
Tired of bulky, heavy luggage for weekend travel? Do you long to fit everything into a carry-on? The Kelty Flyway and the Kelty Redwing offer a different approach for lightweight travel. These Kelty backpacks offer great organization, plenty of storage space and are comfortable to carry.
Kelty Flyway 43-Liter Features
Key Features and Organization
The Kelty Flyway 43 is based off of the Kelty Redwing 44 backpack. The Flyway 43 comes in three color choices and provides the perfect balance between lightweight travel and organization.
It features a panel loading backpack, allowing easy access to the entire contents of the bag, zippered stash pocket, water bottle pockets for hydration, and side compression straps. Additional zippered storage pockets can be located on the sides of the backpack.
If you prefer a top loading backpack, simply keep the straps clipped to the top of the backpack and it becomes a top loading backpack.
This backpack is very travel friendly with features such as a separate compartment for dirty clothes or shoes. A travel pack cover is included to protect your backpack shoulder straps from dirt when checked, while a key fob, carry handle and daisy chain all add to the ease of use.
The inside of the backpack features a padded sleeve to protect valuable electronics such as laptops or tablets. This sleeve is easy to remove for faster security checks at the airport.
Key Features of the Suspension System
The size of the Kelty Flyway 43 makes it easy to pack for long weekends away. A packed bag quickly becomes heavy and uncomfortable to carry. Not so with the Kelty Flyway 43. This backpack is designed with features to ensure comfortable carry throughout the duration of your trip.
The first feature worth noting is the single Light Beam ™ Aluminum stay with the HDPE frame sheet. This feature redistributes the weight to be centered on your hips rather than on your shoulders or back.
At the same time Air Mesh cushions are built into shoulder straps, waist belt, and lumbar pad to keep you comfortable and cool. An Airflow back panel also keeps your back cool as you speed through the airport.
Sometimes heavy backpacks tend to shift and slide around with movement. The Kelty Flyway circumvents this problem using load lifters and stabilizer straps. These straps can be found on the hip belt, the sternum strap and the Scherer Cinch ™ buckle.
The body of the backpack is mad of 420D polyester Ball Shadow fabric while the reinforcement fabric is made of 450D polyester Oxford.
The Kelty Redwing 44-Liter Backpack
The Kelty Flyway 43 backpack was based off of this mode. The Redwing 44-Liter backpack is almost identical to the Flyway with very minor differences in size, organization, suspension, and hydration.
Differences Worth Noting
The first, most notable difference is the size. The Kelty Redwing offers 44-Liter storage capacity while the Flyway is designed to be more lightweight and smaller at 43-Liter capacity.
The second notable difference is in hydration capability. The Redwing is hydration compatible, making it a better choice for outdoor use. However the Kelty Redwing lacks the separate compartment for dirty shoes or clothing.
Apart from these two differences, the backpacks are identical in terms of organization and suspension systems. Both backpacks are extremely comfortable, organized and offer plenty of storage for the weekend or week away.
The Kelty Flyway seems offers more practical features such as electronics sleeve protection, and a separate compartment for dirty items. For the average individual simple water bottles offer enough hydration without need for an additional hydration pack.
So unless you are planning on outdoor adventures, the Kelty Flyway 43-Liter backpack is the better choice.
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