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Kestrel 38 Backpack - S/M - PAPRIKA RED

by Osprey

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  • ASIN: B0022I78SU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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It is VERY comfortable and well made.
K. Edmonds
I would recommend that if you were going to be in more rain to have things you want dry in internal bags or to cover everything with a poncho.
Weyland Billingsley
I used this backpack for a 12day backpacking trip across Asia, and it was perfect for this.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By XtraBlu on April 30, 2010
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I bought this pack to replace a beloved old Marmot pack that seemed irreplaceable in terms of fit and comfort. I've bought many day packs in many price ranges over the past few years, and always end up abandoning them. I bought the Osprey Kestrel 38 around Christmas for two week-long winter trips in Yellowstone, but really put it through it's paces during 2 weeks of wilderness day hiking in the San Rafael Swell in central Utah.

The s/m pack is a great size for my 5'8" height. It is capable of carrying all my gear for an extended day hike at high elevation with unstable weather, but would also work great for fast and light overnights, or touring in Europe. It is easy to load and easy to adjust. The pocket for the hydration bladder is very easy to access, and will accommodate a variety of sizes. The outside pockets and straps are in handy locations. The built-in rain-fly is a great feature, but I also appreciated that it could be removed to reduce weight.

I mostly wore very light clothing while in Utah, but since I was doing long hikes in unstable weather, I always carried plenty of gear including a minimum of 3L of water, food, rain gear, wading sandals and never developed any sore spots, even on my bony hips.

Fantastic pack!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Weyland Billingsley on April 2, 2011
Color Name: PaprikaSize Name: Medium/Large Verified Purchase
I bought this pack to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Since we were walking between villages and staying in hostels, etc. I didn't need to carry cooking stuff, tent or a lot of food. I did carry two sleeping bags (my wife had only a 22L bag). I had the two bags, a couple of changes of clothing, rain gear and some other miscellaneous stuff for a total of 18lbs. The bag rested on my hips well and I did not feel pressure on my shoulders. Over the five day hike the bag was very comfortable. The side pockets for water bottles are a little hard to use but eventually loosened up. The rain fly worked very well. We had a two hour drenching and it kept the bag fairly dry. During the same rain both my gore-tex shoes and North Face jacket failed to stop the rain. I would recommend that if you were going to be in more rain to have things you want dry in internal bags or to cover everything with a poncho. I also picked this bag because it was the right size for airplane carry on baggage. After flying Ryan Air (they are very picky about size) it passed easily...I might have been able to get by with a slightly larger bag but this one worked out very well. I am well pleased with it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Edmonds on May 1, 2011
Color Name: LichenSize Name: Small/Medium Verified Purchase
I purchased an Osprey Kestral 38 last spring after reading a zillion reviews, most of them positive. I needed to be extra careful, as I have some tricky back problems because of a rear-ender car accident (neck, upper back AND lower back). Taking on a backpacking trip was both a dream come true and a risky venture. I'm a true mountain loving/hiking fanatic, but whether my back could endure carrying a heavier pack was always a question in my mind. I'm only 5'2" and really needed something that would fit well, pack enough and be comfortable. Bottom line, my backpack trip in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado was a total success. I carried the pack 10 miles in, up some pretty steep terrain (20 RT) and the only thing that really hurt at the end was my feet. The pack is advertised as a day pack, but my husband and I spent two nights in the mountains. (I guess that makes me an ultra-ultra light packer?) My pack ended up weighing about 29 pounds at the beginning.

I highly recommend the Osprey Kestral. It is VERY comfortable and well made. I love the well-placed pockets that make things accessible while hiking, the padded hip and shoulder straps, and the hip-strap pockets. The rain fly that is sewn conveniently into the pack is a great idea! Now if only Osprey made good hiking shoes, my next backpacking trip would be even better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crusak on September 16, 2011
Color Name: PaprikaSize Name: Medium/Large Verified Purchase
I get out every weekend and do day hikes in Oregon and Washington. I cover some good distances - typically 5 to 15 miles in a day. I also get out in winter and snowshoe. This pack has fulfilled all my expectations, and met my needs, on day hikes.

The adjustment and fit of the pack is great. I love the back panel - great airflow and comfort. The pockets on the hipbelt are big enough to store things you want immediate access to, like your compass, lip balm, knife, bandana, etc.

The external-accessed hydration pocket is a great idea. It provides complete access to my water bladder without having to open up the pack. And the mesh shove-it storage pocket on the back is great for stashing the rain jacket or other items as you hike, especially damp items that you don't want to stick inside the pack.

The stow-on-the-go attachment points allow you to easily secure your trekking poles when the need arises. I find that on some steep trails, particularly in the Oregon Coast Range, I end up doing some climbing at certain points. Stow-on-the-go allows me to secure the poles and do any scrambling or climbing necessary, then quickly retrieve the poles to continue hiking.

The Northwest is also known for wet weather. The handy built-in rainfly deploys with ease, and lets me quickly cover the pack.

Overall I find this pack to be perfect for my needs. I tend to take more items out with me on solo hikes, for safety, and this pack is big enough to carry it all, even in winter when I need extra layers.

As soon as I can save up the money I'm buying an Osprey Kestrel 68 - larger version of this pack, for extended backpacking.
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