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Osprey Packs Kestrel 38 Backpack - 2197-2319cu in

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    5 Reviews

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    No pain, all gain.

    When you head out for a marathon all-day hike or even a quick overnight backpacking trip, you know you won't be hearing from your back or knees when you carry your gear with the Osprey Kestrel 38 Backpack. The Kestrel's compact design, Airscape backpanel, and LightWire suspension frame makes loads ranging between 25 and 45 pounds easy to carry, while its simple top-loading design makes packing and unpacking as painless as possible. The Kestrel is home to all the features you'd expect from Osprey with an integrated rain cover, sleeping bag cover, and gear loops for your trekking poles, ice axes, and wet clothes all included.

    • Airscape backpanel
    • LightWire suspension
    • 210D nylon double diamond ripstop fabric
    • Integrated rain cover
    • Hydration sleeve
    • Top, front, and side pockets
    • Sleeping bag compartment
    • Ice axe and trekking pole loops
    • Side compression straps
    • Item #OSP004N

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [main] 210D nylon double diamond ripstop, [bottom]] 420HD nylon pack cloth
    Volume
    [S/M] 2197 cu in, [M/L] 2319 cu in
    Support/Suspension
    Lightwire frame, Airscape back panel
    Waist Belt
    yes
    Hydration Compatible
    yes
    Reservoir Included
    no
    Access
    top
    Pockets
    top, front, 2 stretch mesh side
    Gear Loops
    yes
    Ice Axe Carry
    yes
    Trekking Pole Carry
    yes
    Sleeping Bag Compartment
    yes
    Rain Cover
    yes
    Compression
    yes
    Weight Capacity
    25 - 40 lbs
    Dimensions
    [S/M] 24 x 12 x 13 in
    Claimed Weight
    [S/M] 3.02 lb, [M/L] 3.13 lb
    Recommended Use
    backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Good with limitations

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    This pack had a lot going for it - nice suspension without being overly burly, adjustable fit, quality build, and useful layout of the pockets. Unfortunately it has two issues which limit its flexibility: (1) the lid is fixed with no ability to expand for those days when you need to carry a little more, and (2) the sleeping bag compartment divider is not removable (not really needed on a pack this size). Because of these limitations I returned the pack.

    If these items aren't issues for you, I think you might really like this pack.

    initial impressions

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I have bought this with the intention of using it for short 2-4 day trips, mainly with the purpose of taking it on a plane. So far I think the pack is great, it is very comfortable, large enough to carry 4 days of clothes and climbing gear, and has a good variation of pockets to keep things organized and easy to reach. Also the main reason I bought this pack in particular was due to its ability to hold climbing gear as well as a hydration pouch.

    When fully loaded the pack feels sturdy and well balanced. The load is not completely on your shoulders which certainly helps when wearing it for long periods of time.

    For my size @ 6ft 200lbs, I think this bag is a perfect fit . Before this bag I had bought a Deuter pack which was far too narrow and short for my size.

    [UPDATE 1] The first draw back I realized is the placement of the hydration pouch. It is located on the outside of the bag between the main compartment and the straps, which has it in almost direct contact with your back. This design makes the water in the bladder get warm.

    Hip Belt Ripped on First Outing

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    What can I say...its the last possible thing you'd want to happen to your pack on a long backpacking trip. With a name like Osprey, I expected a lot better. 10 miles into my hike, the strap rips apart as the thread that was sewn on to hold the hip belt shredded apart in front of my own eyes. I was shocked. I couldn't believe what just happened. Then frustration set in as I knew I couldn't continue forward with 40 lbs. and no hip belt support. Perhaps I just happened to buy the one pack that had this fluke but nevertheless, a pack that is meant to handle between 25-40lbs should have incredibly strong and durable stitching all over.

    This pack had everything I wanted: Large external water bladder compartment, multiple daisy chains loops, front stretch pocket, side water bottle pockets THAT COULD ACTUALLY HOLD WATER BOTTLES, sleeping bag compartment, organization zipper pockets, external sleeping pad straps, hip belt zipper pockets, and the list goes on.

    Because of this issue I did not trust keeping this bag. What else could possibly break next time? Do I have to sew on additional stitching on an already expensive pack? Very disappointed in the craftsmanship. This is just one persons experience. If you do buy this bag then check the stitching, especially the hip belt, to make sure that you don't experience any failures in the middle of your own adventure.

    btw I love the customer service from Backcountry. They were just as frustrated as I was and issued a full refund. For this reason, I will continue to buy my gear from them.

    Hip Belt Ripped on First Outing

    osprey never lets you down

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    this back is perfect for weekend trips, holds all the gear i need. very comfortable to wear, love the external pouch to hold my water. enough pockets to hold all of the toys. highly recommend anything osprey.