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The versatile Osprey Kestrel 38 Backpack handles nearly any day on the trail.

The Osprey Kestrel 38 Backpack includes all the features you need for a plush day of backpacking or climbing, and it holds just enough gear for an ultralight overnight trip. The Airscape back panel pads your back and keeps you cool while a peripheral steel rod increases support for heavier loads. Osprey used low-profile stretch-Lycra front and side pockets to create extra space when you can't get everything inside the Kestrel 38 Backpack. This bag also includes an integrated rain cover for wet-weather hikes and Osprey's Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole attachment system to free your hands for a bit of scrambling.

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Winter over night??

Has anyone used this...

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Winter over night??

Has anyone used this pack for over night winter trips? I have the Marmot Lithium sleeping bag, and other backpacking gear. (its in the lightweight class)

How do you think this pack will do for an over nighter? Should I consider getting the Kestrel 48 instead?

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i own this pack, but i am not an ultralighter! i always carry a tent or a hammock. because of the volume of gear (read layers) that you need to carry in winter i would say no, this is not a winter pack. However, I am a Hoosier. My winter pack consists of little more than a tent or hammock and a couple pads and a bag (MTN Hardwear Ultralamina 32...in which i have slept in 18 degrees F). you can do it...and maybe a stove and some food... as long as you are not above the tree line. best of luck to you brudder!...as long as you are not above tree line. just dont leave your cojones at home...i pack summer overnights in this pack...albeit with a bit of overkill

4 5

The capacity in litres.

In my case, I management capacities in litres and me is a little difficult to inch conversions cubic litres. I think that it could give the information also in litres. That would be ideal for those not they handle system English. On the other hand, I think that if the lid is closed with a single buckle is much more easy and faster especially when you have gloves and cold.I do not see the weight of the backpack, important thing.Thank you

4 5

The capacity in litres.

In my case, I management capacities in litres and me is a little difficult to inch conversions cubic litres. I think that it could give the information also in litres. That would be ideal for those not they handle system English. On the other hand, I think that if the lid is closed with a single buckle is much more easy and faster especially when you have gloves and cold.I do not see the weight of the backpack, important thing.Thank you

5 5

Best Pack I've Owned!!!

I wanted a daypack that was large enough to accommodate me during cold weather hiking. I also wanted a pack that would not be too big, but still have the ability to carry some extra clothes & gear during colder temp outings. If you like to carry a lot of extra's you might want to jump up to the 48, but I think that's personal preference. This is by far, the most form fitting & comfortable pack, I have ever worn. I cannot believe that a pack can fit so well. I am thoroughly impressed!!!! When I hike near my home, I have anywhere from a half mile to a mile walk before I hit the trails, so I really enjoy the "Stow on the Go" attachment system for my trekking poles. It's already been christened in the White Mountains of New Hampshire & performed flawlessly.
Very Simply a Great Product!!!

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Day Hike

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Indian Council Caves, Tunxis Trail, CT

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Awesome Pack!

This is my go to bag for everything, from groceries, to day trips, to week-month long trips! I love it, I can fit everything in need and then some, and it's exactly the right size as a carry-on, I've never had a problem! I only have two minor complaints: 1) when the bag is really full, I can't fit much in the top compartment, and 2) I wish it had straps on outside so I can strap stuff across the front of the pack (for when the bottom straps are already taken). However I ended up using the straps that hold it shut to keep equipment on the front, so it works out! All in all, great great pack! has survived a year long trip to Europe and still looks new!

5 5

awesome pack

I am a scout and I got this pack for summer camp, weekend camps and back packing. I just got back from pictured rocks national lakeshore where we did 32.5 miles in 4 nights 5 days. the pack was holding everything just fine, and was super comfy even on our ten miler. to prepare for the trip i was hauling bricks, and the pack got dropped a-lot and the pack held up fine. great pack would definitely recommend to a friend

This is a unisex pack,will it be comfortable...

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This is a unisex pack,will it be comfortable for a middle sized woman, or should i prefer for example Osprey Womens Aura 35L? I mean mostly about the fitting, cause i think Womens aura looks more comfy

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The thing about backpacks is that everyone has different proportions. This pack could fit awesome, or not that great. Best thing is to try on some other Osprey unisex packs to see if they fit and feel comfortable.

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Well, the Aura 35 is only available overseas because we carry a much better line of smaller day pack-sized backpacks with a removed, ventilated back panel called the Sirrus. I would say that in general, the Kestral line will fit a larger range of people more comfortably as the torso length is adjustable where as the Sirrus/Aura line is fixed (so it will fit you or it won't).

And YES the Kestrel line is great for a mid sized woman--any Liter size of the pack. It really depends on what you want to carry--a single overnight's amount of stuff or something smaller for a quick in-and-out day hike amount of stuff, etc... You just have to measure your torso to see what S/M/L size pack you need. Two 5'6" women will most likely have different torso length so you do need to measure that before buying your size.

Both of the Sirrus's are good for mid sized ladies as well:

http://www.backcountry.com/store/search.html?mv_session_id=Czf6jZcJ&aff=1&q=sirrus

Is this backpack suitable for a middle...

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Is this backpack suitable for a middle sized woman?

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Your question is too vague. What are you using it for? And define middle sized - varies a lot depending on country, ethnic factors, and subjective opinion.

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Mary, click on the size icon below the selection menu and there is a chart for measuring your torso. If you don't know how to do it there are numerous sites you can Google to explain it. If you fall within those ranges there is plenty of adjustment on the pack to fit you.

It is always best to try a pack on in person if you have access to somewhere that sells quality outdoor products.

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Hi Mary, yes, depending on what you are looking for (what you want the pack to do for you - day hike, overnight, etc...) this pack is great. Follow the suggestions above and find your right size. link for sizing below:

http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/web/sizing_and_fitting

Enjoy!

I am an outdoorsy kinda guy but have not...

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I am an outdoorsy kinda guy but have not ever gotten into backpacking and that is what I am going to do, I will be living in Colorado and am climbing all the 14ers in the next couple years. Is this pack I just bought too much for what I am doing? Camping and whatnot will be included.

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This pack should be just fine for what you have explained
Even if it is a bit large for some day trips you will be ok with it half full
Just keep in mind unless you are a super light backpacker it might be hard to fit all your gear in there for more than a night or two.

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One of the nice things about Osprey's designs are that most, if not all, Osprey packs carry AWESOME full and carry super well half full. So when you have your basic gear for one night, you'll have plenty of room but for those single day pushes, you'll be able to stabilize the load so that it carries more like a 30L or a 28L.

Agreed with Mitch--great choice.

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I see that the Kestrel houses the...

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Hi,

I see that the Kestrel houses the hydration bladder in the AirScape back panel. It seems like it would be exposed to the elements. I'm heading to Kilimanjaro this fall and I'm afraid that the water might freeze. (Temps can be pretty cold up there! down to 15F?)

Anybody have experience with this pack in freezing conditions?

Everything about this pack seems to fit my needs, but I don't want to end up sucking on ice on the way up to the summit! Any pieces of advice or suggestions to other good packs with the same proportions/features would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
A.S.

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Check out the thermal kit for either the platypus bladder system, or Camelbak also makes a winter kit for their unbottle system if I remember correctly.

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Hi there! Actually, its behind the airscape backpanel which has a foam framesheet, and right in front of the back of the pack. Not exposed. It is one layer of fabric away from being inside the pack. Does that make sense?

How would this pack perform as a technical...

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How would this pack perform as a technical climbing pack? It's about the size I'm looking for and seems to have some good features but I haven't heard from anyone that actually uses it for technical climbs / a summit pack. What are some better options in the same price range?

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This pack would work fine for technical climbing. I personally like something that has a tad heavier fabric for abrasion resistance. It is a little bit more money, but the Variant 37 is around the same size an only $30 more. It is made of heavier fabrics and has more bells and whistles for climbing/alpine sports. If you want something simpler and lighter, the Kestrel 38 is great. If you wanted a pack made with climbing in mind, go Variant 37.

http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-variant-37-backpack-2100-2400cu-in

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The other option is the Mutant 38 for $10 more. Good for rock climbing, whereas the Varient is good for climbing, both snow and rock.

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Don't do it. My friend used this as her crag pack carrying a rack and other climbing gear. This bag fell apart in less than a year. One part of the metal frame poked a hole in a bottom and now sticks out. The material isn't great for carrying equipment like that.

5 5

Wicked sweet design

Osprey has designed a grrreat pack in the kestrel. Light, functional, and stylish. It even has a built-in whistle! Took mine hking in Belize (hot, humid, and very wet conditions) the pack did great for a 4 day hike.

Does this bag meet the carry on size...

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Does this bag meet the carry on size requirements for flying within Europe?

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I think that would depend on much stuff u packed inside of it.

4 5

Feels great!

This thing feels awesome when its completely packed and full. Probably one of the more comfortable packs I own. The side pockets for what I thought were for water bottles are not that secure. Water bottles tend to just slip out unless tied down with the strap. Also, I love that the water bladder pocket is outside of the main compartment of the pack. I noticed with some packs you'd have to take a lot of stuff out to get the bladder in and out. The little bungee cord for hiking poles on the shoulder strap does tend to rub on my inner arm and I always have rashes there. This is not a climbing pack though. I wouldn't recommend this pack for lots of climbing gear. My friend with the same pack used it to carry her rack and other gear and the bag fell apart within months.

5 5

I LOVE this pack

If you are a light traveler this is the perfect size. I have used this pack for several week long Backpacking trips and for its size it hauls alot of stuff. great hip-belt pockets and included rain cover. Osprey is just genius.

does this pack have a sleeping bag...

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does this pack have a sleeping bag compartment?

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Yes, the lower compartment can accommodate a sleeping bag.

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it doesent have a specialised compartment for a sleeping bag, but it has a zip on the bottom of the main compartment to allow for putting the bag in the bottom and easily removing it when setting up camp

Does the sleeping bag compartment have a...

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Does the sleeping bag compartment have a separator or is it like the Talon without one?

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It does not have a seperate compartment. The bottom of the pack has a zipper to access your sleeping bag, but the main compartment of this bag has no dividers.

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