Free Shipping on Orders Over $50 - Some Exclusions Apply*
  • 1-855-461-8660

  • Live Chat with a Gearhead

  • 100% Guaranteed Returns

Marmot Sale 25% OffMarmot Sale 25% Off

Description

No pain, all gain.

When you head out for a marathon all-day hike or even a quick overnight, you know you won't be hearing from your back or knees when you carry your gear in the Osprey Kestrel 38 Backpack. The Kestrel's ergonomic design, light weight, and plethora of stowage features deliver on-trail comfort, enabling you to shoulder loads of up to 35 pounds without a second thought.
  • AirScape back panel circulates more air to keep you cool and features LightWire peripheral frame that stabilizes the load and transfers weight close to your body
  • Stretch front and side pockets give you extra storage and organization options
  • External loops and front daisies with bungee tie-offs give you plenty of places to stash equipment
  • Integrated rain cover keeps your prepared for sudden rainshowers
  • Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment lets you quickly tuck your poles out of the way without stopping to unload
  • Zippered hip-belt pocket keeps your digital camera and energy gel packs close at hand
  • Sleeping bag stashes in the external zip compartment, or can be attached to the outside with a removable strap

Share your thoughts

Review Summary
5
11 4
1 3
0 2
3 1
0

What do you think of the

Osprey Packs Kestrel 38 Backpack - 2200-2300cu in

? Share a...

Write a review

No file chosen

Rather attach a photo from another website?

Rather attach a photo from your computer?

  • Product review:
  • Share a video
  • Share a photo

How familiar are you with the product?(Optional)

Invalid filetype.

Save

Here's what others have to say...

bottle pocket

bottle pocket

Posted on

here you can see that the side pocket is very shallow - I use a carabiner to prevent my nalgene from constantly falling onto the ground. This happens no matter how much or little stuff is in the pack - I've seen reviews saying this happens when it's "overpacked" - but the nicer packs I have don't have this problem regardless of how much stuff is in there!

2 5

Not as good as it seemed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack seemed to have everything - external bladder, built in rainfly, sleeping bag compartment to potentially use pack for a quick overnight.

I've had it since October and I keep trying to like it but I just don't.

The suspension is mediocre and would be tolerable BUT when you put a bladder into the back it PUSHES hard into your back - this is a disappointment because the 48 doesn't do this (I've used my dad's 48 extensively and that's why I wanted this pack).

The pack itself is very tall for a 38 and very THIN width wise - so it's really hard to get in there and get what you want out. The lid is permanently fixed so it really limits how much you can over-stuff and it makes it hard to shove something like a pad under the lid. The pocket on the underside of the lid is a nice feature - and might be the best thing about the lid. The pocket inside the lid is small and difficult to access compared to other packs in this size and price range.

The kangaroo pocket on the front is nice but a common feature. The side pockets are small and shallow. If you bend over at all your nalgene will slip right out of these - so now I throw a nalgene inside or clip to the back - seems like such a waste. If you're going to have these, make them work for the most commonly used bottle with ease. I also struggle getting my nalgene back into the pockets when I insist to myself that I should give the pockets another shot.

The pockets on the hipbelt are a little far back to be super convenient (my MHW packs with pockets are MUCH easier to get to).

The pack isn't TERRIBLE - but for the price and features I'd be much happier with any other number of packs. I think I would have been much happier with the 48 or the 32 if I went with a kestrel .

Packs are such a personal thing! If it works for you great - but this just wasn't the right purchase for me. And I REALLY REALLY tried to love it to justify the $ I dropped. Bummer for me. Now I gotta figure out what to do with it.

Not as good as it seemed
Responded on

I also don't really like the stow-and-go - it's basically USELESS if you have ANYTHING in your side pockets! Another total bummer about the pack!

5 5

My go to pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is perfect for day hikes. It gives you enough space to bring all the gear you might need throughout the day or a picnic lunch. It feels great on your back and has all the features you would expect from an Osprey. The included rain cover is nice having it there just in case. I love having the treking pole holders on Osprey packs.

If you are doing an untra light overnight trip this pack will work as well. You will need to make sure you are only bringing what you need though. Overall this pack is really nice and is the quality you expect from an Osprey.

5 5

Kestrel Series Kicks Butt!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm in LOVE with this pack! I picked it up based on reviews I've read and time and time again this is the pack that gets pulled out of the closet when I'm headed out. When shopping or evaluating other packs I measure them up to this pack. It's feature set is so well thought out making this the definition of a Multi-Use pack. Climbing - check, Overnighter - check, Ultralight weekend - check. In short, you can do just about anything with this thing. If the 38L size isn't sufficient, Osprey offers these in various sizes to suite just about any size load you'll need to carry.

I find the 38L to be the perfect go-to for overnight peak bagging assaults or ultralight 2-3 day backpacking trips. Works great for getting me too and from the crags with my ropes and rack.

Absolutely feature packed design! I'm most impressed with the external hydration sleeve. I wish more packs had this feature. One of my other packs has the traditional internal sleeve which just annoys me..

This pack is sure to please. At the price point you simply won't find a better pack - PERIOD. The Osprey warranty, quality materials, feature packed design, and refined layout make this a winner in all categories.

If I had one complaint, it would be that optional sized shoulder straps and waist belts are not offered (minor gripe). I'm a stocky built guy and while the fit is sufficient for the load this pack is capable of, having the option to size the straps would be the icing on the cake even if it meant a small weight/price penalty. Beyond that, this pack is flawless!

5 5

Greatest BackPack I've ever purchased.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What can I say about this pack that hasn't been said already on the other reviews. This pack is just phenomenal, I bought it through amazon and sent it to Jordan and used it in desert situations, valley hiking,climbing and 21 day excursion in Nepal. For long day hikes, the bag performs very well,It keeps the weight perfectly spread out through the waist, perfect design. The side pockets are just mind blowingly helpful(i doubt blowingly is an actual word but it fits in perfectly) the pockets stored my passports, energy bars and a plethora of essentials like knives extra paracord etc. It's incredibly durable, i tied wood, slacklines, carabiners, axes and basically used it as protection for going downhill. No wear or tear is evident yet. The built in raincover is a very convenient plus, I currently live and study in Halifax and it rains most days, I've never felt more secure with walking in heavy rain considering i have a laptop and a bunch of notebooks stowed in the bag. Having tried the North Face Terra 35 the Marmot Aspen 35, its safe to say that the Osprey Kestrel is the best one i've ever tried. Wether you're trudging through the himalayas or in the deserts of Jordan this bag will keep your gear safe,dry and organized. Just can't see anything toping this except the new Prophet by The North Face but the price gap between the two is insane. Overall the kestrel won't disappoint, great design, incredibly durable and does well in most adventure related situations. The only thing that disappointed me was that the Fire Red colour doesn't look as red as the picture entails other than that its close to perfect.

Greatest BackPack I've ever purchased.
5 5

awesome overnighter and such

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is awesome, this was my first Osprey Pack and don't know if ill ever go with a different brand. I got it at the beginning of summer to help carry around all the crap that I either wanted or needed to have with me while I was working at a summer camp but now I use it whenever possible. When I got it I was a littler bigger than I am now but only 5'6 so I bought the Medium/Large and it doesn't really make a difference besides giving me an extra couple cubic inches besides the fact the waist belt is much bigger than I need. I can tighten it almost all the way down so make sure you get the size that fits you best altogether. I know I wish I had gotten the S/M

Also used it for overnight hikes and would pack a sleeping bag, hammock, slap straps, connect a tarp where the sleeping pad holder is, extra set of clothes, rain jacket, some food, and other junk that I thought I may need and I'll say this, it fills up fast. When I bought it at a local outdoors store they said it could be used for multi-day hikes but if you like to pack a lot of stuff like I do you should just go with a bigger pack and make sure that it has compression straps so that you can cinch up that extra space. In the end I am pretty happy with this pack

5 5

Great pack, very happy with it.

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

Osprey did a great job on this pack. I finally had the opportunity to use it last week and I can honestly say I am very happy with my purchase. I didn't buy it to use it for hiking/camping as much as I bought it for use as a backpack for trips and to use as a carry on (I searched and it fit within most airline guidelines for the volume allotted for carry on use).

The pack has a lot of room inside of it, it has a great compression system, and, most notably, the weight distribution is absolutely phenomenal. I had my backpack packed to the brim, picked it up and felt the weight, thinking to myself wow this is going to be heavy, but once it was on my back it felt like the weight was cut down to nothing. Great design and craftsmanship. I do wish it had the zipper pockets on the front like the Kestrel 48 to separate some of the storage, but it's not a deal breaker by any means. Also, for those looking to buy this in red - the red has a bit more burnt color to it in person. It is still very nice looking, but just a bit different from what the picture shows.

2 5

Poor Design.

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

The positives: the overall size (M/L with 2300 cu in) is very desireable. The overall fit was good. Adjustable torso a plus.
The negatives: the hip belt is too flimsy and doesn't transfer the weight to hips. A 2 L water bladder pushed against my back, and not being a suspended-style, was uncomfortable and hot. No side access to main compartment.

I did exchange for the Osprey Stratos 36L (L) which I think is a far better choice for me. I am 6 ft tall, 214 lbs, 36 waist, 19.5 in torso.

Would this pack serve well as a cragging...

Posted on

Would this pack serve well as a cragging pack? I'm looking for a relatively cheap pack I can use for climbing as well as multi-day (3-4) hikes.

Best Answer Responded on

I think it'd do ok for cragging as it carries well and has a fair amount of volume. The downsides would be that the face fabric isn't super burly so it will likely get a little thrashed if you are dragging it over rocks or tossing it about at the base. Additionally just having the one access point can be a pain in the but when you want something out of the bottom and have to take everything else out to get to it.

For comparison I use the Arc'teryx Miura and the Metolius Crag Station as my dedicated crag packs and they address the durability and ease of access issues for me. But if you are looking to get a pack that does cragging and backpacking fairly well, you can make this work and avoid getting two packs.

5 5

Great backpack.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The adjustable shoulder straps make this pack fit me fine, I'm 6'3". The pack is small enough to easily fit in overhead compartments (ie RyanAir specifically), but yet is large enough and expands well to hold a useful amount of gear. The compression straps work well to keep the pack slim for airline use. The exterior attachment points are a great addition, as well as the exterior mesh pockets which can hold gear or water bottles. I haven't tried the water reservoir slot yet, but it seems to be well positioned and designed to not take away from main pack storage space.

Does the Kestrel 38 have enough room for...

Posted on

Does the Kestrel 38 have enough room for a tent, sleeping bag, and some smaller items necessary for a overnight hike (ie. hydration bladder, couple nalgenes, rain jacket, snacks)?

Reviews seem positive on this site and others!

Best Answer Responded on

If you go with smaller items there is enough room for them. If you are talking a bigger tent it will be tight but if you have a smaller tent you should have no problem. I loaded mine up with some stuff for an overnighter and it fit fine.

pack for climbing

pack for climbing

Posted on

in this pack i can fit all my climbing gear harness carabiners rope everything and also a couple of extra jackets for the winter(just in case)

So I am thinking about getting this pack...

Posted on

So I am thinking about getting this pack for a good multi purpose day/overnight pack. I have also considered the Talon 33 and 44. So I am just wondering what others takes on the size of these packs are for day/overnight packs.

Responded on

Hey,

Of the three, I prefer the Kestrel. I generally consider somewhere in the 35L size as the perfect overnight pack. 44L is getting a bit too big, although nobody says you have to fill it completely (although we do have some sort of psychological need to at least try). As a daypack, unless you need or want to carry a lot of gear, and maybe someone elses ,too, all these are pretty big. I know you want to try to get an all-in-one thing going, but sometimes it's better to break it down based on your personal preferences and a selection of the right pack for the right job. Hope this helps.

Responded on

So this would be for daylong hikes. I have a Camelbak cloud walker (20L) and an Osprey Daylite (13L) and I cannot pack all the gear water and lunch that I need to take on a long day hike. I probably wouldn't pack this completely full for the day hikes (25L-30L depending on enviornment )

Responded on

If you need the volume, don't mind that it feels a little larger than what you're used to, and that partially loaded packs just feel kind of funky in how they carry sometimes, then this will fit the bill. All a matter of personal preference. Order it, try it. The worst that can happen is you send it back and try again. These are really comfortable and functional packs though.

View all contributions... Be patient, it might take a while.