The Kestrel is a great choice all-round backpack. Durable, comfortable and easy to use. This pack works as well backpacking through South America as it does hiking in the Cairngorms. The 58L version is ideal for regular travelers who don't need to pack the kitchen sink too!
Off the grid. With a proven legacy, the Kestrel 48 is a rugged, high performance backpack, designed to be a true outdoor workhorse.
Kestrel 48 is designed for medium duration backpacking trips, or adventures where you’re carrying a moderate amount of gear. This spacious pack provides room for plenty of gear for your multi-day adventures. Accessing this gear is easy through a large side-zip access point, stretching from the lid to the lower compression straps. This provides an easy way in to access your equipment or find exactly what you’re looking for. Kestrel 48 also feature upper lid access with a drawcord closure, alongside a lower sleeping bag compartment with a removable divider.
Kestrel’s backsystem has been designed for comfort and stability, featuring Osprey’s tried and tested AirScape backpanel and a sturdy hipbelt and harness design, these packs will comfortably carry a heavy load. An adjustable design allows you to personalise the height of the backpanel with ease, using a hook-and-loop torso panel.
Kestrel 48 features numerous locations to store your backpacking essentials, including nylon-reinforced water bottle pockets, dual zippered hipbelt pockets, a large front shove-it pocket, top lid pocket, under lid pocket with key-clip and external-access hydration sleeve.
Finally, Kestrel 48 comes equipped with all of the essentials for life on the trail; an integrated and detachable raincover, Osprey’s Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment, multiple compression straps, sleeping pad straps, ice-tool attachments and multiple lashing loops.
Whether tackling mountainous terrain, deep forests or winding trails, these packs set a definitive benchmark in backpacking comfort and performance.
The Kestrel is a classic pack from Osprey that's been updated to provide greater comfort and make access easier. For such a durable, large capacity pack the Kestrel comes in at a decent weight for the amount of features it provides.
The main update for the Kestrel is the U-Zip opening which allows the zip to open up more of the pack so you can access things much more easily without having to pull everything out to fit that elusive item. The lid is large and has pockets to keep your kit organised, it can be removed also but that would leave the top of the pack exposed to the weather. There are three sizeable stretch mesh pockets on the outside of the pack and a strap and buckle system towards to bottom of the pack which could be used to stow a tent or a bulky sleeping mat.
The harness is quite simple, which keeps the weight down further, there's an internal frame that provides rigidity and transfers the load to the generous hipbelt, and there's an attempt to keep the back ventilated by fixing a covering of mesh over a raised foam section. We also like the zipped hip fin pockets and the neat arrangement for stowing trekking poles while on the move.
The Kestrel is a good choice for backpacking which offers a significant weight saving over other 60+ litre packs, it achieves this by compromising slightly on the back system - but if your are thoughtful about how much you are carrying this won't be an issue.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear