Rudy B.wrote a review of Osprey Packs Kestrel 38 Backpack - 2197-2319cu in on February 18, 2016
Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I'm 6'1" and have a size 31 waist. The size S/M of this pack is far too short for my torso length, but the hipbelt on the M/L is too big for me. With both straps cinched as far as they will go, it just barely feels snug, and I know that once on the trail, I'm definitely going to want it tighter. I'm returning this pack with disappointment, because otherwise it seems like a really great bag. I love the color, the features, and the feel of it on my back, and the included raincover, which I would otherwise need to spend $30 on, makes this one of the best value backpacks on the market.
An Osprey pack that doesn't fit is fairly unusual--usually they are really excellent about this, and many of their other packs even come with removable hipbelts, so you can swap them out for different sizes. The hipbelt on this pack is, sadly, sewn on. What was going on when you designed this pack, Osprey? Were all of the skinny gear testers on vacation?
I will be getting an Exos instead. Though the Exos is undoubtedly a superior backpack, I'm concerned that it won't be as durable on rough bushwacks. I wish the Kestrel had worked out.