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
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought it for a week hiking in eastern Europe it worked perfect. Now its my weekend camping pack pack.
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.
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.