The Osprey Kestrel 32 Daypack comes with all the features you need for basic hiking and more technical outings.
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It will become a part of your body
This pack stores all the gear and clothing that I'll need (and usually some of my friend's stuff) for the day or weekend if I'm flying somewhere, fits perfectly in overhead bins on even the smallest CRJs, and cleans easily if it gets wet and/or muddy. AND! It has a lifetime guarantee. What more could you need?
As a sweet bonus, the hydration system is ubiquitous across all Osprey packs so I only need one for all of mine: Raptor 6L, Kestrel 32L, and Aether 60L (I plan on adding an Argon 85L soon for some Western US trips).
Sturdy and roomy!
This pack was attached to me for a two week trek through Peru. It held a ton of stuff! The top zipper pocket was handy for holding small, frequently needed objects and the outer pockets held plenty of water bottles.
I fell into a large mud puddle while hiking in the jungle with it (clumsy) and, even without the attached rain cover on, my stuff stayed dry inside.
I also like the fact that this is not a "trashcan" style loader, like my old North Face pack. It makes it much easier to access the contents without having to dig through everything.
Osprey packs are simply awesome!
Another excellent pack from Osprey! I swear this Kestrel 32 feels like it holds much more then the 32 liters stated. It's the best daypack out there. I can say Ive tried other well known manufacturers of packs and always come back to Osprey. I own two Kestrel packs now, a 48 and now a 32 and both fit like they were custom made for me. The only other pack that fits and carries as well is my Kelty Redwing 50. By the way I have an Osprey Aether 60 on the way. Just a comment on the excellent customer service from Backcountry.com. Its always a great experience talking with the very knowledgeable reps at Backcountry. Theyre always upbeat, ready to help and seem to go the extra mile to satisfy. Keep up the great job Backcountry!
Does this pack have enough room for a...
Does this pack have enough room for a camelbak 100oz bladder? I already have two of these.
Plenty... It would work even better with an Osprey reservoirs because the bag doesn't slouch down after you drink out of it. It has a frame backpanel to support the water and prevent bulging in your pack. Also makes it easy to load!
does this pack fit flush against your back...
does this pack fit flush against your back or does it have that curve with mesh backing like the talon or similar size packs? also i am 5'8 150 - is s/m or m/l better?
The Kestrels use the Airscape system that fits closer against your back, as do the Talons. It's the Stratos that use the Airspeed with the stretched mesh on the wire frame that has the large space.
Here's the Kestrel link from Osprey. Literally- take it for a spin by dragging your mouse over the image.
For your size, also go to Osprey's fitting page to see how to get your torso length. That's what you need to know, not height.
I loved this pack on my trip and took it everywhere. No problem with overhead storage. The only thing that I would improve on would be some additional pouches inside the main space. I noticed several other travelers using Osprey packs.
Why didn't I buy it sooner?
This pack is awesome for climbing. I can fit 3 sets of cams in it, my harness, shoes, quickdraws, and some other miscellaneous climbing gear. The hip pockets are awesome for accessing stuff (like a camera) quickly. Don't pack your cams at the bottom though. I had my cams at the bottom and after setting it down once or twice at jtree on the granite, there were some small holes in the bottom. The only other thing I don't like is that the waist belt doesn't come in a smaller size. I am willing to deal with these things though cause it is so great for climbing adventures. It's easy to stuff the cams and other stuff in. The helmet attaches nicely at the back, the book pocket is very handy, the rope attaches well on the outside using the compression straps, and the water bottle pockets are convenient to use.
Can i carry on this pack if i'm flying? ...
Can i carry on this pack if i'm flying? Not bird or bat flying, but in an airplane...
Easily, this is a great size for a carry on. You can even usually fit a pack up to about 40L in the overhead bins.
This pack is near perfect! I was trying to find a "do it all" pack; winter, school, long day hikes, hydration compatible, rain cover... After trying a few Camelbacks and a couple Dakine packs, I decided that the Kestrel was perfect for me; it does everything but hold my winter gear really. The only complaint I had at first was the lack of pockets/places to put stuff but the rest of the pack compensates 10 fold. Here is why I gave it five stars: The shoulder straps are solid and comfortable, the back/airspace is so comfortable that you can't feel anything your carrying, hydration compatible (100L), built in rain cover, the waist pockets are freakin awesome and provide easy access to my cell or whatever I put in there, the panel loaded main pocket is sweet (its so large I cant fill it up even though I try, its an endless abyss), I'm 6'2" and picked up the M/L which fits better than any pack I've ever owned, the internal frame is great and distributes the weight very well. Overall this is a very simple, extremely well designed pack. Hopefully the photo gives you a good idea of the packs size.
Great pack, two small issues
I do deeply love this pack, but I would have to give it two caveats:
The trekking pole storage system isn't removable (at least not without just cutting the cords) so if you're looking to minimize straps, you might be annoyed. However, the upper pole loop ends up being just right for sticking a hydration tube mouthpiece in, so it's fine.
Hydration bladders fit very well in a sealed compartment between the main compartment and the back panel, but there's a little drain hole from the hydration compartment that leads right to your lower back. I didn't know the various tricks to keep condensation from building up on the hydration bladder, which meant I ended up incredibly refreshed/soaked on a hot hike.
Otherwise, a perfect pack for travel, a long day hike, or carrying a garment bag and change of shoes for a bike commute.
Best Daypack ever
This pack has everything I could want. I had the Atmos 25 before for several years and when it started needing slight repair, Osprey was true to their word- they replaced it and I chose the Kestrel 32. I like much more than the Atmos 25 for many reasons. It is much more spacious. The hipbelt pockets are super handy- easy access to my camera and other items without taking the pack off. I love the built in rain cover, stow-on-the-go pole storage, and location for the hydration system. Some packs have it in the inside of the pack, but having it on the outside between the back pad and bag is ideal. Excellent company, excellent pack.
Now that I've got over 100 miles on this little workhorse, I can safely say this is what Webster had in mind when the word "daypack" was added to the dictionary. It has everything you need for a comfortable day on the trail and plenty of space for all but the largest winter load.The design is terrific if you like a bit of organization. The hipbelt pockets are among the best I've seen and the top pocket is useful for storing frequently-needed items. I really like a panel loading daypack and this one has the great access you'd expect of that configuration.The trekking pole storage feature seemed a bit superfluous at first inspection, but it works brilliantly and doesn't add much weight. If your hikes have ups and downs and long flats, it's a must-have.The hydration pocket holds my 70 oz. Platy perfectly between the back panel and the interior of the bag. I don't even know it's there and this design means that no pack space is eaten up by your bladder.The included rain cover is a great thing to have up here in the PNW, even if it is impossible to re-fold the way it comes from the factory. The small amount of added weight is completely offset by the convenience of not having to rely on bringing a detached cover or having to line your pack every trip with a garbage bag.I previously had the Kestrel 28 which I actually liked better in terms of the way it was designed but the 28 does not have the wire frame of the 32 (and larger Kestrels) and its unsupported back panel would get an uncomfortable lump down low when the pack was loaded over about half-full. The 32, with its wire frame, eliminates this issue and carries with supreme comfort with ultralght, 1/4-full loads or stuffed to the gills with 20 lbs.The AirScape back panel is comfortable, although it doesn't offer quite the ventilation that Osprey's AirSpeed packs (Atmos, Exos and Stratos) do. Same can be said for the Kestrel's foam harness vs. the the others' ventilated harnesses.If you like a panel loading daypack, it would be hard to beat the Kestrel 32 at its price point. If you need to carry gear for a winter day trip, however, you may want to move up to the Kestrel 38 or Talon 33.All-in-all, I'd say the Kestrel 32 is as close to perfect as an all-around daypack can be. Sure, it could be lighter, but there are plenty of minimalist bags out there for the gram weenies. They just don't offer the convenience or comfort of the Kestrel.
Not to bad, not amazing. Its decently well designed, but the top pocket is hard to access. The hip belt is decently well designed. It doesnt compare to Acteryx though. If you want something better, try the Silo 30.
I have never had a nice backpack and I know that I scored with this one. So far, I am so happy with the fit, comfort, and overall design of the pack. I am very excited to take it on a big hike and put it to the test; I am also looking forward to taking it snowshoeing b/c of the rain/snow cover & the pole tie. I can't even tell that there is a 2 liter hydration system in there - that was a big feature for me to have as my back is a bit damaged. Well done, Osprey!
P.S. AS usual, backcountry.com's delivery was extremely speedy, their tracking system is great, and their customer service is top-notch.
where do you hook your poles on the...
where do you hook your poles on the pack?
You can see on the left side, there is a loop on the shoulder strap and down below the lower compression strap. That one pulls out, and the baskets goes through there, then snugged up. The handles end up underneath the armpit/pectoral muscle.
The small/medium size is great for a short torso. Easily
adjustable. This is a day pack. Would need larger pack to carry sleeping bag.
One problem - some stitching missing on one of the zippers. Backcountry said they would replace it, but haven't had time to send it back.
HIGHLY impressed with this Osprey pack.. The shoulder strap adjustment features are great, allows me to completely form the pack to my back. Extremely comfortable overall.
The zipper tab at the front-near the bottom...
The zipper tab at the front-near the bottom of the pack is for the rain cover compartment (FYI)..
www.Ospreypacks.com (Dimensions of pack in inches:(M/L-26.5" X 13" X 10")(FYI)
Reads like a very good pack..
Is this a question? Sorry if I seem rude.
Is this pack too large for a summer day...
Is this pack too large for a summer day pack for hiking in the mountains?
No not really. I mean some people like a smaller pack for lighter trips, but if you like being prepared or having lots of space, it is good.
That is exactly what I use it for- it's nice to have a little extra room and it's a pretty light for it's size.
I'd also love to know if the hip belt is...
I'd also love to know if the hip belt is removable or can be hidden? Can this pack function well for school?
The hip belt is not removable & I'd say it would be great for a school pack. I checked out this pack at a local retailer - it's quality thats for sure. Although it's a bit to large to be a school pack.