This is the review that has been years in the making. I bought my rugged and reliable Kelty Redtail Daypack because I needed a hydration capable daypack for a summer camp that I worked at in 2005. The same year I left on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I took my trusty bag with me. That bag went from Ft. Lauderdale to the Florida Keys, and all over Miami with me. It survived rain, sun, sweat and all sorts of conditions, including some great mountain biking. (Yes, it does exist in Florida). Coming back to my wonderful mountains, it went with me for three more summers of Boy Scout Camp, a year as my school bag, mountain biking in Utah and Colorado, and is still my go to daypack for local day hikes. Many of my adventures, it has been there with me.
It has a decent sternum strap that does the job without any bells and whistles, and just enough pockets to hold what you need. It is hydration capable and has two water bottle pockets that are handy for your bottle or any sort of quick stash of small parts. Two straps on the side aid in compressing the pack to a nice small size when needed, or for lashing a jacket, or other things, to the outside of your pack. A handy daisy chain is sturdy sewn on, as are two lash points on the bottom. I havn't had a problem with the stitching anywhere on the pack.
After almost eight years of use, you can expect some wear and tear in a pack, and my pack is showing some, but is still good to go. One of the shoulder straps was beginning to frey, but a quick hit with a lighter fixed that. The elastic on the water bottle pockets gave up the ghost about two years ago, but are still very sturdy, just stuff won't stay in them.
Overall, I love this tough little pack and recommend it to anyone needing a good daypack for school, work, a get home bag for your car or any sort of adventure needs.
Pictures to follow.