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Kestrel 48L Backpack

Two-day summit bids and quick overnighters through desert canyons don't require a lot of gear, so pack light and move fast with the Osprey Kestrel 48 Backpack. The Kestrel's LightWire frame and Airscape backpanel comfortably support loads up to 40 lbs, making it ideal for two-day backpacking trips, while its feature-rich design lets you carry just about any piece of gear you might need to safely reach your objective. Two daisy chain gear loops run down the front of the pack, and the side is fitted with Osprey's Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole loops, so you can quickly free your hands up when you need to do a little third-class scrambling to gain the summit. Osprey also attached an integrated rain cover, so you won't have to hide under a tree if it starts rain when you're out on the trail, and the external hydration sleeve accepts a three-liter bladder (sold separately) for quick, on-trail hydration.

  • Go-anywhere, do-it-all weekend backpacking pack built to last
  • AirScape back panel circulates more air to keep you cool
  • LightWire peripheral frame stabilizes the load
  • Stretch front and side pockets give you extra storage
  • External loops and front daisies with bungee tie-offs
  • Integrated rain cover keeps your prepared for sudden rainshowers
  • Stow-on-the-Go axe and pole attachment tucks them out of the way
  • Sleeping bag compartment keeps your bed neatly organized
  • Item #OSP00C0

[bottom] 420D nylon packcloth, [main] 210 double diamond nylon
[small/medium] 46L (2807cu in), [medium/large] 48L (2929cu in)
[backpanel] AirScape, [frame] Lightwire, [frame sheet] Atilon foam
Shoulder Straps
sewn-in spacer mesh
Waist Belt
Hydration Compatible
2 stretch mesh, 2 zippered hipbelt, 1 zippered vertical side, 1 hybrid shove-it
Gear Loops
Ice Axe Carry
Trekking Pole Carry
Sleeping Bag Compartment
Rain Cover
yes, side straps
Weight Capacity
25 - 40lb
[small/medium] 26 x 13 x 13in, [medium/large] 28 x 13 x 13in
Claimed Weight
[small/medium] 3lb 5oz, [medium/large] 3lb 8oz
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Carry It All

I've used it several times

Honestly this is one of the most comfortable packs I've worn. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some of the other Osprey suspension systems, but it works really well--especially when you're either carrying a bunch of heavy equipment. Designed to carry heavier loads close to your body, this pack is perfect for when temps drop and you need to bring a bit more gear along with you. The back panel isn't as breathable as some of Osprey's higher-end packs, but that's perfect for cold weather. Honestly I've used it in April in the desert and been totally packing around in 80 degree temps, so just because its not AS breathable doesn't mean you're going to roast with it on.

>Rating: 4

Great Weight Distrobution

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

I've had a handful of pack on my back over the last few years and out of what I've carried, the Kestrel's features surprised me the most. So much thought put into the little details, beyond the weight carry of the pack. More on that later. What impressed me the most is the accessibility of the hip belt pockets. Just with in reach when you need them, but out of the way while you're moving. There's plenty of space for snacks, chapstick, suncreen, pocket knives and even a Go Pro if you wanted. Back to the way the pack carries the weight of your gear. I took this out for three days doing 21 miles in the desert and about 17 of which was river walking. No easy terrain to say the least. Overall had about 35-40 pounds, add water and you have a standard mix of lightweigh backpacking. After a few hours wading around to avoid boulders and deeper than desired pools of water we would take our breaks and to tell you the truth, after hearing everyone moan about their packs, I had gotten excited because I had no extraneous pains or aches. Anxious to cover ground and see the views, it was easy to put the pack on, get in the zone and cruise. There's plenty of space internally for extra layers socks and underwear. Meals for four days, stove, cookset and a toiletry bag. The integrated raincover was enough to protect the bag in addition to the tent and camp chair I had attached to the outside. All in all, very impressed with the bag. Only reason I can't give it five stars is because I don't own it and cannot speak on behalf of it's longevity. If I know Osprey though...No concern there.

>Rating: 5

Most Versatile Pack I Own !

I've put it through the wringer

My Osprey Kestrel 48 is now my go - to pack. I mostly use it for long day hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but it is also well suited for overnights also. I realise I'm probably giving up a pound versus a true ultralight pack, but the features and versatility of the Kestrel win hands down. From the removable divider for the lower compartment , the daisy chain loops, the generous hip pockets, and especially the Stow On The Go trekking pole system.... this pack has it all ! I also love the airscape back panel which helps keep me cooler even in summer temps. If you need a great do - it - all pack, check out the Kestrel by Osprey !! P.S. Osprey, if you are listening...... thank you for making this in the Picholine Green. Some of us prefer to blend in while we are out in the back country.

>Rating: 5

The "Do anything" pack

Check out why you can really do just about anything in the Kestrel Series! Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating: 5

Comfortable Fit

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

I used the kestrel for my first backpacking trip. The pack easily fit everything I needed for one night. The pack was also very comfortable. It didn't rub or cause any discomfort throughout the hike. I would recommend this pack.

Many thanks, Dixon! Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating: 5

Perfect Fit

I've used it several times

Overall the Krestel is a great size pack for mostly any trip. After owning and trying out many packs on a variety of sizes, I have been most impressed with the fit and functionality of this pack. I would say this pack is ideal for someone who wants a pack that will be good for any situation.

Thank you Caleb! Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating: 5

Amazing Pack

I've used it several times

I hiked 16 miles with this on the whole time in one day. Pack weighed around 40 pounds. I expected to be a bit uncomfortable for the trip, but my shoulders never hurt. Blew my mind. I've taken this out a few times. The longest trip I've done with it was 38 miles in 3 days. Honestly, its the best fit I've ever had for a pack. I recommend it without hesitation.


Awesome Matt! Thanks! Leta Osprey Rep