No pain, all gain.
- 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
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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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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 )
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.
Whats the difference in S/M and M/L when ordering a size. I have a small frame 5'6 150lbs and would love the extra cubic inch that the M/L has but dont want something thats not gona fit my body. Does it just speak of cubic inch or does it suggest body size as well
Great question Matt, the sizing chart was confusing. The Kestrel pack does have different sizing for your body size. S/M is if your Torso is Less than 19 inches and the M/L size if your Torso is Greater than 19in. Hope this information helps. You may want to go with the smaller size but measure for the best fit.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm a huge fan of the AirScape back panel. I've bought 3 Osprey packs of different sizes because I like the fit and feel so much (1 for me, 2 for gifts). I also really like the placement of the tightening straps and the multiple ways the shoulder straps can be adjusted for the perfect fit. The hydration sleeve is also perfect for use with any CamelBak bladder. Great stream-lined pack!
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I love this backpack. It has everything and is so well constructed. I'm an older adult who needs to keep total pack weight under 13 lbs for multiday/long distance trekking and this does the trick with lots of room to spare should there ever be an occasion when I might need to carry more. The built in rain cover is cool. All the other special little features inside and out. Wow. I'm really, really pleased with this pack.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have carried the Osprey Aether 85 and the Atmos 65 on many trips. Very pleased with these packs so when I went looking for a day pack it had to be Osprey so I chose the Kestrel 38. Well Osprey let me down on this one. The top cover does not fit over the main pack without a struggle. When the main body is full the side pocks are very tight and shallow. The sternum strap is too high almost at the neck. Am I doing something wrong or did Osprey get this one wrong. Very Unhappy with this purchase.
This held everything I needed for a 3-month backpacking trip through SE Asia. I found it to be a very comfortable pack that distributed the weight evenly across my small frame (I'm 5'5") and it held up well to downpours in Laos, dusty roads in Cambodia, and everything in between.
I've also used this pack for camping trips and it holds my tent, sleeping pad, clothes, and accessories with room to spare. I just need to pick up a compact sleeping bag.
This is my third Osprey pack and I think I'll be a customer for life. Beyond the awesome lifetime guarantee they seem to design packs with a lot of thought.
If you're in to light, overnight backpacking the Kestral will do the trick but as one who doesn't mind a little extra capacity for long day hikes the 38 is right on the money.
I actually swapped out my Osprey Stratos 36 which served me well for a couple of years for the Kestral 38 and am glad I did. The Stratos has the mesh back panel which is supposed to help circulation by keeping the pack away from your back. In my case, not only didn't it do much in terms of sweating, (which is something I do a lot of) but the design caused the internal frame to squeak. And after a few miles of that in my ear I'd be ready to lose my mind.
The Kestral fits like a glove although at 6' and having a longer torso I was right at the edge of getting a good fit. I can't imagine this working for someone 6' 3" or more.
The only drawback for me on this pack is the internal pocket on the top lid. It's mesh, sits at an awkward angle and requires unsnapping the compression straps to get to. Not sure why they didn't just put it on the outside like they do with the Stratos.
A really cool design feature is the two way compression straps towards the top of the pack. You can work them around the front or the back depending on the size of the load. Really smart.
All in all you won't go wrong with this pack unless multi-day trips are on your agenda. But you wouldn't be looking at this pack if they were.
(And the red color is awesome. More of a dirty maroon...not the brighter basic red as most of the pictures show.)
are the shoulder straps detachable?
If you undo the straps and release the velcro along the back where it adjusts you can remove the straps, but the hip belt straps are fixed on to the pack. But it might be a pain in the butt to remove and/or put them back on. I really don't think it's designed to be removed easily.
Why are you looking to remove the shoulder straps?
And it isn't too difficult--the biggest pain in the butt is undoing the load lifter straps at the top. Undoing the velcro isn't too bad.
I love my new backpack. I needed a small but durable backpack for traveling and this one worked out perfectly. I took it to Laos for a week-long trip and I was able to carry everything I needed and it still fit in the overhead.
I recently picked up the 2012 Kestrel 32 and 38. Sometimes using a panel-loader is easier, but I got the 38 for when I'm carrying dayhike gear for the kids. I've always liked the Kestrel series but I think the 2012 version is even better than the previous versions. The pack seems true to its stated size, the hip belt pockets can be open/closed with one hand, the top lid pocket is generous, and the harness is extremely comfortable.
The build quality seems excellent; very sturdy pack.
I'll use this for dayhikes with the family where I'm carrying everything, day trips to the beach, and traveling (should be good for carry-on unless completely stuffed).