Gear Review

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Osprey Packs Kestrel 38

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have carried the Osprey Aether 85 and the Atmos 65 on many trips. Very pleased with these packs so when I went looking for a day pack it had to be Osprey so I chose the Kestrel 38. Well Osprey let me down on this one. The top cover does not fit over the main pack without a struggle. When the main body is full the side pocks are very tight and shallow. The sternum strap is too high almost at the neck. Am I doing something wrong or did Osprey get this one wrong. Very Unhappy with this purchase.

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It sounds like you're getting a little ambitious with what you're packing. If you stuff it to capacity, you're not going to be able to fit much in the side pouches and brain fits best over the top when you leave that space below the draw-string empty. Realistically, this pack works best with 35 liters or less of stuff and it does get kind of sloppy when you try and cram too much it it.

As for the sternum strap: mine sits a little higher than usual but only by a centimeter or so; nothing particularly noticeable. I would start by adjusting the shoulder straps tighter to see if that helps at all. Otherwise you may have just bought a frame that's too long for your torso.

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The sternum straps are adjustable. But, I agree. Osprey designed this one poorly.