Osprey Packs Kestrel 48 Backpack
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- Unique Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole attachment
- Stretch lycra mesh front and side pockets
- Integrated raincover
- Hydration compatible
- Front daisies with bungee tie offs
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|Fit to Size Description|
|Item Dimensions||3.94 x 7.87 x 23.62 inches|
|Item Display Weight||3.31 pounds|
|Item Weight||3.5 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.4 pounds|
|Style Name||Kestrel 48|
This is the ultimate "go anywhere, do anything" overnight pack. Use it for everything from a multi-day desert jaunt to an overnight hut trip. Two torso sizes and an adjustable harness provide custom fit. Our Airscape backpanel and a peripheral steel spring rod frame provide superb comfort.
Stow straps let you affix mountaineering tools such as ice axes or trekking poles.
- Airscape backpanel
- Hip belt pockets
- Integrated rain cover
- Removable sleeping pad straps
- Reverse StraightJacket compression straps
- Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole attachment
- Stretch woven front pocket
- Tool attachment
- Torso adjustable harness
- Zippered sleeping bag compartment and top pocket
Torso adjustable straps ensure a comfortable, custom fit.
- 2,807 cubic inches
- 46 liters
- Three-pound, five-ounce weight
- 2,929 cubic inches
- 48 liters
- Three-pound, eight-ounce weight
Osprey products include a limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
Size: Small/Medium | Color: Conifer Green
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This will be my alternate pack as I continue to use my other pack. Osprey packs are made of lightweight materials and so can wear out faster than heavier, packs. However, I used this same pack filled to capacity every day for over a year and 1/2 before it needed repairs. The internal frame had punched through the lighter material of the bottom. Osprey, of course, repaired it fully and reinforced the bottom, sent extra buckles for my pack just in case, and made sure it reached me at the only address that I could receive packages at before returning to the backcountry. Outstanding product, outstanding service. That is why I purchased a second one and plan on using both packs for a long time. The belt and harness is sturdy and comfortable under load, and the material stands up to rough cross-country travel in the backcountry. I ripped the large water bottle pockets but sewed those up myself. The pockets and storage capacity are excellent and logical and the stow as you go trekking pole holders actually stand up to use if you aren't rough with them. I highly recommend this pack for anyone who needs a large daypack or small overnight pack of great quality.
The space is adequate when you're packing light. My sleeping bag didn't fit well in the bottom, but it's a cheap bag, so it doesn't pack down well. It was in a compression bag, but I could feel it in my lower back when the pack was on, so I just strapped it on the outside. Like many others said, the bladder compartment is too much work and more than half full and you start feeling it in your back. All the zippered pockets on the top were very useful, allowing me to have plenty of room for easy access to first aid, phone and wallet, snacks, etc, without needing to open the main compartment. The side pockets were nice for tall water bottles being accessed with ease, but took a lot of internal space to do so.
I liked the amount of loops provided to secure stuff to on the back. They seemed strong, and I attached my compression bag to them on our hike back and they worked well. The mesh pocket on the back was useful for maps, a small towel, and a few snacks. I'm not sure about sandals or a rain coat like stated. The water bottle pocket on the side works well, but I ended up using it to stuff my compact tripod legs into and using a side strap to secure the upper half. I clipped my Camelbak bottle to the shoulder strap and used the useful little band below it to secure the bottom so that my bottle wouldn't flop around with every stride.
My big gripe with the externals is the lack of proper mounts to secure a tent, sleeping pad, etc, to the bottom. There were the two small loop straps, but those looked like they won't hold up over time. They're just sewn into the seam, and having a downward pull on them over time look like they'll fail. The other issue I had with them was I strapped my tent to it, but then it flops around as I walk because it's just hanging from two little straps. I looked around for a better way to secure it, but didn't look like it. I ended up using a long 60in strap to pull it in tight, wrapping it around the back section of the bag, securing it, but for the price, there could be a few more loops on the bottom so I don't need to buy more straps just to secure essentials.
The pack feels good. I'm 6'0, 190lbs (mostly legs and upper body), 33in waist. Initially I had the shoulder strap section height wrong, so hiking in I was bearing too much weight on my shoulders, but once adjusted, the weight shifted well to the hips. The waist strap needed to be pulled all the way in for it to be secure, but considering I was only wearing pants and a short sleeve shirt, it leaves room for layers. I feel this pack carries the weight well, even when I had my sleeping bag strapped to the outside on the back, never did I feel off balance.
The reason for three stars? The lack of proper secure loops on the bottom that everyone would appreciate. Yes, some pack it different, and yes, I made it work, but two more loops near the back of the bottom would have made more sense and made strapping things way easier and prevent the bottom load from flopping as you walk. The other star is because the pockets on the waist strap are too small compared to other bags I looked at and own, the mesh outer compartment on the back was pretty useless and seemed like one snag and it's ruined, and it would be nice if the bottom was enforced with stronger material. We'll see how it holds up over time.
I do enjoy the pack, I just hope it don't fall apart on the few weak points.
A lot of backpackers say that kestrel 48 is only big enough for a overnighter i find that this is not true at all.
I pack my Hammock / top and bottom quilts / Tarp / cloths bag / cook system / booty bag / first aid / rain gear /
water filter / two smart water bottles / 8oz. fuel bottle / and a week of food [ mountian house pro-packs ] oatmeal /
pop tarts / gorp / and other stuff. I guess it depends on the gear you have.
I have even gone away from travel roll around in panes and just use this. It's probably touch too big for over head but no one has said anything yet
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