Win a Free Kelty Redwing Backpack!

One lucky winner will receive a Kelty Redwing!

One lucky winner will receive a free Kelty Redwing backpack!

5/18/2009 – Contest has Officially Ended – Winner can be found here

I am very excited to announce the first contest here at Have Pack, Will Travel! Thanks to the great folks over at Kelty, one lucky winner will receive a Kelty Redwing backpack.

As you may have read here before, the Kelty Redwing is my favorite backpack and trust me, I’ve owned plenty of them over the years. You can read my full review here.

How to enter

You have to do three things to enter:

1) Follow @HavePack on Twitter

2) ReTweet this message:

I entered to win a FREE Kelty Redwing Backpack from @HavePack – enter here:

3) Leave a comment on this post that states why you want to win this Kelty Redwing backpack and how you’ll use it. Responses will not be judged but your opinion is important to us. Be sure to include your Twitter username in your comment.

Bonus!) Want to double your chances? If you have a travel-related blog, make a post linking to the contest and you’ll have TWO entries to the contest!

Optional) The winner will be published here on Have Pack, Will Travel, therefore it is suggested you subscribe to our RSS feeds to find out right away.


All entries must be received by 11:59pm PST, Sunday May 17th. Winner will be selected Monday, May 18th.

Winner will be selected randomly.

Contest is limited to North American residents only.

Winner may select from the three Redwing models: 2500(women’s), 2650, or 3100. Color selection will be based off of availability.

Good luck!

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  1. Dana Sahm says:

    I spent alot of time backpacking through the Sierras when I was younger…It’s been heavy on my mind to get out there! some new equipment would make it all the better!


  2. Zak Nicola says:

    Nice pack! There is enough room to pack in the needed gear for at least five days if you go modest. Hiking trips in UT or hitting up the back country of Tahoe is where I’d be using this if I win.

  3. Ann says:

    I would actually like to give this to my daughter. She hikes on the weekends for hours and hours. This would be perfect for her!

    I’m following you and I tweeted (quelleheure4)

  4. lauren_rock says:

    i am backpacking through central/south america later this year. i took a trip to thailand last year and now i am all about long term “vagabonding”. i’ve been reading this blog for travel tips. very helpful!



  5. Blake Washington says:

    I would like to win this Kelty backpack because my wife and I are going to the Grand Canyon in July and we are going to hike the trail in the canyon. It will be our first time really doing something like this, and this pack would be perfect for our trip.


  6. Chris Tone says:

    I used to spend a lot of time backpacking through southern California. Places like 29 palms and camp pendelton. I haven’t done much backpacking after I was attacked by a land shark (SUV). I just need a good back pack to carry my laptop.… Please Mr. Have-pack I would love to win this Kelty backpack it is by far the best pack for your buck. HOLLA.



  7. Charlie Pirozzi says:

    Never heard of this brand of backpack but based on you recommendation I would love to try it out. Hopefully I win!!! I Re-Tweeted the message, my Twitter account is: cjpirozzi. Love the site keep up the good posts!

  8. Farrin says:

    I wanna win because me and my lady are getting ready to set sail across the country to setup home base in a new town without jobs or anything…and backpacks always come in handy in times like that.

  9. I run a culinary travel business and I am always on the go. Backpacks are something that I live and die by and this is a wonderful version that anyone would be lucky to have. @pigsflypr

  10. sizthecat says:

    I want to win this backpack because I need a new one but do not have the money for it. I will be using it to travel to SE Asia and Turkey.


  11. Husni says:

    I would like to win this backpack because I need a reliable means to carry my books and records throughout my travels this summer in Southeast Asia, as my previous bag got stolen. Thank you very much. My twitter username is the_hus

  12. Fontaine says:

    I would like to win this backpack because I have a lot of Interlibrary Loans. I will use the backpack to haul around said Interlibrary Loans.

    – @fonnerberry

  13. Teresa says:


    @mebplanner here. Thanks for the awesome Kelty backpack! …oh, sorry, practicing my acceptance speech. ;)

    In the past year since my layoff, I have been taking the time to learn and develop my 20-year passion and talent for photography. In a photographer’s terms, I have no equipment but that’s not stopping me from pursuing this incredible world. By entering this contest, I am claiming the cliche saying, “Build it and they will come”. Well, if I have the backpack, the equipment will follow!

    As many photographers will likely attest to, you always remember your first and your best equipment. I look forward to putting this Kelty backpack on that list!

    Good luck everyone!

  14. Katie says:

    I would love to win this backpack as I’m finally taking the step from wussy car camping to real camping! But it’ll be hard unless I have an uber-great backpack like this one!

  15. Donald says:

    I would love to win this because it is a cool looking backpack. I would use it on short hikes.


  16. Michelle says:

    I’m @sweepstakesgirl. I’d love to win this backpack to take on a surprise camping trip with my husband. I know the backpack is durable and high quality! Thanks!

  17. My back hurts when I carry any other kind of luggage. This looks perfect for me.

  18. jordan says:

    I travel as much as possible and could use a versatile pack like this. My twitter name is trail_junkie.

  19. Robb says:

    I’m working more and more to get to higher and higher peaks. Always looking for a great pack to stow my gear, and it also looks like a great pack!

    name is robbboyle on twitter! Thanks!

  20. Craig says:

    I use a Kelty that I bought in the mid-1960s from Mr. Kelty, himself. Time for a new one.

  21. JNell says:

    I leave June 8th with or without this backpack! It sure would be nice to have it however!

    jnellthomas is my twitter name… pretty obvious but I am following instructions :)

  22. WendyMarieG says:

    I love to travel and cant really afford to buy a Kelty at the moment, I usually borrow a Kelty from a friend but it would be great if I didn’t have to!!


  23. Stephanie Coppedge says:

    I am backpacking for 3 1/2 weeks in SE Asia in July. I need this pack and SOON! I’ve been looking at REI, and this is the exact backpack I actually want. My friend going with me has a Kelty from 8 years ago when she went to Europe for a month, and it still looks good after several more trips over the years. I want this pack so much that I signed up for Twitter solely to enter this contest! (It is kinda fun though.)


  24. Stephanie Coppedge says:

    I posted a link on my blog also!

  25. Stacie Hood says:

    twitter username: staciehood

    I would love to win the backpack as I’m traveling for 3.5 weeks in Vietnam this fall including Angkor Wat, Hanoi, Hoh Chi Minh and surrounding with 7 members of my immediate family. The pack would allow me to very attractively and functionally carry all my sh*t!!!

  26. Eli Hansen says:

    Looks like a decent pack. I’ve been using a Gregory mountaineering style pack for the past ten years. Wouldn’t mind trying out something different. What would I use it for? To carry my stuff while traveling … obviously. @elihansen

  27. I’d love to win this backpack so that I can start traveling with one carry-on bag on some of my shorter, personal trips. I’d really like to explore traveling in this fashion, and I think that this backpack will remove one of the barriers for me.


  28. msrumsey says:

    Life has always kept me on the road, grew up travelling with my parents, took off farther afield as soon as I could, vagabonded around the county and the world, settled into a travel heavy career. Used Kelty equipment in my backpacking days and beyond, always looking for a great pack. Its just one of life’s necessities.

    I’ll never forget sitting huddled up on a picnic table under my Kelty Sunshade in a thunderstorm. (no, you really shouldn’t do that!) Finally lost it to a hurricane, you definitely shouldn’t do that!

    Twitter: @msrumsey


  29. Stephanie says:

    My current travel backpack is falling apart! The straps are being held together by safety pins. Seriously. I need a new bag real bad!

    This would be perfect for my trip around Mexico early next year & the various bus/train trips I will take between now and then!

    Here’s my tweet:

  30. Chelsea Bond says:

    I am leaving in September to start a year of traveling around the world. First stop – Eastern Europe, then I will make my way through India, Nepal, SE Asia, Australia/New Zealand, and then head to South America for the remaining 5 months. My goal is to combine both sight-seeing and volunteering for various projects, such as WWOOF. I currently have no pack, and am on quite a budget, so this pack would be perfect for my trip. Thanks for the contest!


  31. Matt says:

    I would use this pack for some trips this summer to Yosemite, Portland, and Hawaii.

    -lcq4blackstar on twitter

  32. Vanessa says:

    I have never been backpacking before and I have to say that i’m very excited and lucky to be traveling with my bf this summer. It would just be awesome if I could win this. I even made a twitter so I could enter this contest.


  33. Sheri says:

    My husband is with a FEMA Search and Rescue Team and has been hiking to stay in shape. We just talked about heading to the Sierras this weekend to hike. He could really use a new backback and I would love to give this to him as a gift. If I don’t win, I may just buy it for him.


  34. Tiffany says:

    I’m entering to win this back pack because it sounds great and I may be doing some traveling this summer with my cousin. Also, the travel articles by Have Pack are AWESOME!!!!
    I’ll be crossing my fingers:)


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  36. I love to win this back pack. Its looking really a nice one. I will definitely fill the information to win this.

  37. kevin Lim says:

    Congratulations to the winner of this backpack.

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