The Classic Kelty Women’s Redwing 40

Now that my young son is hiking on his own two feet, it was time for me to scout out a new women's backpack.  The Kelty Women's Redwing 40 is a much loved, classic pack - and with good reason. Kelty has made varying sizes of the basic Redwing for years now.  There are Redwing styles for both men and women, with or without an internal frame, ranging in size from smaller day packs to full backpacking capacity. I've been trying the internal frame Kelty Women's Redwing 40 for a few weeks now, and love it both as a backpack and as an ideal and handy travel bag.  Let me tell you a little about some of the great features I enjoy on this pack. Kelty Women's Redwing 40 Review The Kelty Women's Redwing 40 features shoulder straps and a hip belt contoured especially for women.  It comes in both black and two other attractive color options (personally, I love the Indigo), and weighs in at 2 lbs 14 oz.  This pack has a fabulous capacity, and even when full the excellent suspension … [Read more...]

Gear Review: Osprey Tempest Women’s Backpack

Versatile, extremely lightweight, and the recent recipient of a Backpacker Magazine's award (actually bestowed upon the men's version,  the Osprey Talon) - the Osprey Tempest Women's Backpack is one to love. Now that I'm no longer toting my son in a backpack child carrier on the trails, I decided it was time to try out a new backpack for myself. I'd seen many Osprey packs on the Colorado trails before.  So after my husband showed me the Osprey featured in his magazine, I decided I'd love to try one out.   Osprey Tempest ~ Features This is a fantastic, extremely comfortable pack.  It comes in various sizes, but this review is of the Osprey Tempest 20.  It's described as a multi-use pack that can be used for either backpacking or hiking.  I've found it to have the perfect capacity for my day hike needs, along with some awesome features. At a glance, here are a few of my favorite Osprey Women's Backpack features: Extremely lightweight and comfortable … [Read more...]