Pack light and move fast.
Load up the Osprey Kestrel 32 Backpack with all the layers, snacks, and water you need for a full day in the mountains so you can take on everything from mellow walks below treeline to airy and exposed traverses in the high mountains. The Kestrel is supported by a Lightwire frame and Airscape backpanel that help you comfortably carry loads between fifteen and thirty pounds. Osprey built the pack with a large zippered main compartment that swallows all the gear you need for a long day on the trail, and included side, front, and hipbelt pockets to secure whatever smaller items you might need easy access to when you're trying to make it over the pass and back down to the trailhead before dark. The Kestrel is hydration compatible and will easily carry a three-liter bladder, and it comes with an integrated rain cover to keep your gear dry when an afternoon rain shower catches you out in open country.
- Lightwire frame and Airscape backpanel
- Zippered panel access
- Hydration system compatible
- Front panel stretch pocket
- Dual front daisy chains
- Integrated rain cover
- Ice axe loop
- Side compression straps
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- Q & A
Great for day hikes
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Used this on a 9 mile day hike. It was very comfortable and did a great job focusing the pack's weight on my hips, not shoulders. Good use of pockets for keys and phone. Easy attachment of a water bladder. Decent ventilation on my back during a hot hike. Lower back/upper butt got a bit sweaty, but I think this would happen with any pack. Very good support and easily adjustable.
Purchased this pack for long day hikes. We typically hike 8 to 12 miles and carry all the essentials. This bag has plenty of room for rain gear, extra layers, food, tarp, and emergency gear. The separate hydration pocket is great and I really like the hanger. My wife has another brand which uses a strap with Velcro, the bladder is never secured at the end of a hike. I use the Osprey 3L bladder. The stretch bottle holders on the sides great for items that need to be accessible. The hip belt pockets are large enough for clif bars and bloks, and an iPhone 6 will fit. The trekking poles attach easily and the compression straps will work great for snowshoes. I typically carry 15 pounds and it's extremely comfortable. I love the Osprey harness system.
One of the best large daypacks
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Having used this pack on several long dayhikes, I found it to be quite comfortable. Hiking in Arizona, ventilation is a big concern. I found the pack breathes well across your back. However, in 90 degree weather sweating is inevitable. The pack does a great job of molding to your back and moving with you. The pack won't feel like it is trying to pull away. It has plenty of storage and space and the panel loading design is pretty easy to get stuff in and out of. I found the stuff pocket on the panel to especially useful. and the top mesh pocket is awesome for snacks and immediate need items. Hip belt pockets are great, but when the lower comrpession straps are tightened they can be hard to fully open and closed. I found I used the hip belt pockets for carrying my phone and a Clif bar. The material feels substantial the pack screams with durability and toughness. No doubt I will be using it for many years to come.
Osprey Kestrel product tour
Check out the features on the Kestrel! Let me know if you have questions.
gets the job done !
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
perfect pack for a 1-3 night trip!
Is the reservoir actually included as listed in the Specs? It would be great, but it's less likely...
Hey Kelly - This Kestrel 32 Backpack does come with a hydration reservoir. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
I noticed that the Kestrel has been facelifted and honestly it looks really nice. However, can the side compression straps still be reversible (with the opposing buckles) as on the current version? I noticed the buckle design changed.
Hey there! Absolutely! That is one of the signature features of this pack!
Thanks for the question,