Jessia are you sure the hip belt is removable on the 2013 Redwing 44L? Three individuals on the Kelty site have stated the 2013 hip belt is not removable. If it is removable I want to purchase this item.
Thank you, Jim
MARGARET A Removable is relative.
The pack was not designed to have the belt be removed and the belt is not attached in such a way as to be easily removable.
However, I just did an in depth check and the hip belt is NOT sewn on. The metal stabilizer bar running up the back of the pack holds the belt in place and the belt also is the bottom attachment of the stabilizer bar. It would be difficult to remove the belt without damaging the stabilizer bar and you would not be able to use the pack with the stabilizer bar if the belt were removed. Also, getting the stabilizer bar back on (if you did not damage it when taking it out) and into the belt would be an incredible feat.
No, the hip belt is really not removable.
DALE S The belt is not removable.
Jessica S There is a removable hip belt. The aluminum stays fit into the pocket of the hip belt, so when the hip belt is removed the stays can slide out of the pack.