An excellent balance of price and performance the classic Kelty Red Cloud 90 is a long-time favorite of both seasoned backpackers and first-time user.
A perennial bestseller the classic Kelty Red Cloud 90 internal frame backpack is an excellent balance of performance and affordability and it also features Kelty’s innovative PerfectFIT suspension. Heavy-hauling load capability convenient access points and an array of features combine to equip the Red Cloud 90 for extended backpacking trips.
The Red Cloud 90 is one of Kelty’s larger-capacity packs with the PerfectFIT suspension system for accurate on-body size adjustment that allows you to customize your fit in seconds. With PerfectFIT gone are the days of taking measurements and trying on various pack sizes in a gear shop to determine the best fit for your particular body (or ordering a pack online that may or may not fit once you’ve received it). In just three steps you can easily find your fit in the Red Cloud 90: just loosen all the straps before putting the pack on; next tighten the waist belt and shoulder straps once you’re wearing the pack; lastly locate the FIT straps near your lower back and pull downward until you achieve optimal comfort. The Red Cloud 90 with PerfectFIT will accommodate backpackers with torso lengths between 15.5 and 21 inches.
Relying on twin lightweight aluminum stays a horizontal anti-barreling stay and an HDPE framesheet the Red Cloud 90 offers trustworthy support. This design provides stability and load-bearing strength while avoiding the unwieldy rigidity of external frame packs. The pack’s Dynamic AirFlow back panel allows warm air to escape so that you stay cooler while carrying weight as well. A contoured dual-density waistbelt offers comfortable load support.
Kelty's patented Scherer Cinch uses a pulley-like system to double the tightening force on the waistbelt ensuring that the brunt of the pack's weight rests on your hips. Load lifter straps relieve stress on your shoulders and an adjustable sternum strap positions the shoulder straps across the chest to prevent chafing under the arms and on the shoulders. Side compression straps secure the contents of the Red Cloud 90 for optimal balance and load distribution. An integrated spindrift collar and height-adjustable top lid allow you to carry even more gear and further aid in securing the Red Cloud 90's contents.
The top-loading Red Cloud 90 also incorporates an innovative design on the lowest portion of the packbag that provides wide access through the bottom of pack. This feature makes it much easier to get a sleeping bag clothes or other gear in and out of the Red Cloud 90 than is often the case with the compartment access on comparably-sized packs. A zippered front panel offers additional quick access to your gear from the front of the pack. The lid of the Red Cloud 90 can be removed entirely for use as a lumbar pack. A large pocket located on the front panel provides internal organizational options.
Additional features include zippered side pockets a daisy-chain attachment system a carry handle ice-axe loops and dual mesh water bottle pockets. A lined interior pocket and built-in tube exit make the Red Cloud 90 hydration compatible as well.
Thanks to its PerfectFIT suspension the Kelty Red Cloud 90 pack is one size fits all; it is available in your choice of several color options.
- Top loading
- Top lid converts to lumbar pack
- Front panel access
- Zippered side pockets
- Large front pocket with organization
- Waistbelt pocket
- Side compression straps
- Daisy chain
- Sleeping bag compartment
- Lower compression and pad straps
- PerfectFIT™ adjustable suspension
- Dual lightbeam aluminum stays
- HDPE framesheet
- HDPE Reinforced waistbelt
- Ventilating back panel
- Lumbar support
- Two layer padded waistbelt and shoulder straps
- Load lifter straps
- Belt stabilizer straps
- Sternum strap
Best Use Backpacking Access Top Loading, Front Panel Access Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume 5500 cu in Type Internal Frame Backpack Torso Adjustment Yes Sternum Strap Yes: Adjustable Maximum Weight 50 lbs Material 420D Polyester Ball Shadow
450D Polyester Oxford
Item Weight 5 lbs 9 oz Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Dual Lightbeam Aluminum Stays Fits Torso 15.5"-21" Dimensions 33" x 19" x 15" Detachable Daypack Yes
- Great upgrade from my original Kelty pack
Likes: Ample pockets for easy accessibility for those quick need items.
Great back support that you can adjust on the fly.
Dislikes: bottom flap between main compartment and bottom zippered compartment is not fully secured and small items can fall through.