I'm comparing the redwing 40 and 44. The only size difference seems to be that the 40 is 21' verses 22' tall, and 2500cu. in. instead of 2650, but does it look smaller (than the 44) in real life? Could the 40 handle weekend trips easily even if I'm not a light packer? Is it really THAT much smaller? Thank you so much!!!
BRIAN L It's more for the length of your back. If you have a longer back (or prefer your hip belt riding a bit lower) then get the longer one (22").
ELIZABETH W I'm not familiar with the 44, but I've got the 40. I use it for day hikes, carrying a first aid kit, plenty of water, snacks, a jacket, flashlight - all standard things. It could certainly hold more, but I think you would have to be a light packer for it to hold enough for a weekend.