Osprey Packs Kestrel 48 Backpack
|Price:||$147.32 - $180.00|
- Osprey's stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachment is designed to quickly attach and carry trekking poles while wearing a pack
- An integrated and removable rain cover protects your gear from foul weather. It stows away in its own external pocket at the bottom of the pack
- An external reservoir sleeve is located behind the shoulder harness Allowing easy Loading/unloading of a hydration reservoir
- The zippered sleeping bag compartment provides easy access to your sleeping bag through the bottom of the pack
- Side zippered access allows easy accessibility to the inside contents of the pack's main compartment
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Osprey Kestrel 48
The Osprey Kestrel 48 is a jack-of-all-trades. With a separate zippered sleeping bag compartment and external sleeping pad straps, it’s a fully functional overnight pack. Or cinch down the StraightJacket side compression straps and take it out for a day of peak bagging in the high country.
Whatever you put inside, Osprey’s LightWire frame transfers the load to a comfortable spacer mesh harness and hipbelt. This innovative suspension system ensures all-day carrying comfort, especially in warm conditions when the Airscape mesh backpanel comes into play.
When it comes time to unpack, the main compartment has top loading or side zip access providing multiple portals to get at your gear without struggle.
Tuck away tool loops with bungee tie-offs provide secure tool carry.
Stretch Mesh Front Pocket
Large front stretch mesh pocket for quickly stashing extra gear.
An integrated and removable raincover protects your gear from foul weather. It stows away in its own external pocket at the bottom of the pack.
Front Panel Daisy Chains
Dual front panel daisy chains allow for extra external attachment points.
Upper and lower reverse StraightJacket side compression straps stabilize load and also serve as external gear carry straps.
External Hydration Sleeve
External hydration sleeve in backpanel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills.
Zippered Hipbelt Pockets
Dual zippered hipbelt pockets provide secure storage for often needed items.
Stow-on-the-Go Trekking Pole Attachment
Osprey’s unique Stow-on-the-Go system allows users to tuck away trekking poles quickly without having to remove their packs.
|Kestrel 28||Kestrel 32||Kestrel 38||Kestrel 48|
|Volume||1709 cu/in (M/L)||1953 cu/in (M/L)||2319 cu/in (M/L)||2929 cu/in (M/L)|
|Weight||2.73 lbs (M/L)||2.91 lbs (M/L)||3.13 lbs (M/L)||3.68 lbs (M/L)|
|Torso Adjustable Harness||✓||✓||✓|
|Sleeping Bag Compartment||✓||✓|
|Side Zipper Access to Main Compartment||✓||✓|
The osprey kestrel 48 is a jack-of-all-trades. With a separate zippered sleeping bag compartment and external sleeping pad straps, it's a fully functional overnight pack. Or cinch down the straightjacket side compression straps and take it out for a day of Peak bagging in the high country. Whatever you put inside, osprey's light wire frame transfers the load to a comfortable spacer mesh harness and hip belt. This innovative suspension system ensures all-day carrying comfort, especially in warm conditions when the airscape mesh pack panel comes into play. When it comes time to unpack, the main compartment has top loading or side zip access providing multiple portals to get at your gear without struggle. Other storage features include a full-length vertical zippered side pocket, top-lid and under-lid zippered pockets, side and front stretch mesh pockets, and two zippered hip belt pockets. Along with the extensive pockets, there are dual front daisy chains and web attachment points on the top lid for anchoring gear to the exterior. Other useful features include an external hydration sleeve, tuck-away ice tool loops, and osprey's stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachments. The entire pack can be shielded from the elements by deploying the integrated rain cover.
Top customer reviews
- The back panel is re-designed.
- One zippered pocket (of the two) on the lid has been removed.
- Rain cover pocket positioned completely on the bottom instead of on the front.
- There's now 1 attachment loop on the bottom instead of 2, and 1 bungee cord above (vs 2). So if you are planning to tie off more than one ice axe, etc, you'll need to add your own bungee / attachment method to the daisy chain straps on the side of the mesh back-sleeve.
- Extra zippered side entrance on the right hand side (as worn) instead of one (of the two) long zippered side storage pockets. (This main-pack access is in addition to the top lid and bottom-of-the-pack zippered access to the main compartment / sleeping bag area. There is still one long zippered side pocket on the left hand side of the pack body on this new model). One review I found of the older, 2015 model pack mentioned that when the older version pack's main compartment was stuffed tight, the additional long side pockets were only marginally useful. So unless you only packed lightly or substantially less than to capacity, the side pockets were pretty tight. On the other hand, a different reviewer expressed concern about the utility (and questionable benefit) of the new zippered side access into a medium sized pack (more useful for a large pack), versus having a large storage pocket on only one side, which could introduce noticeable unbalanced loading (in her opinion). For further on this issue, search online for Osprey Kestral 48 pack review 2016 version. (Amazon will delete any direct links) in March.
I also noticed that the newer model is listed as .18 lbs heavier. I was able to confirm this updated model info (ie, number of pockets, added zipper, etc) with an apparent return (sans labels) of the older model on the floor at my local REI. For me, trying to decide was still a bit of a challenge. Losing one attachment bungie and one loop on the back, as well as the additional lid pocket, were negatives (although I only use one ice axe for winter hiking & light mountaineering / arrest, and do not do technical ice climbing where I would want to carry two axes). Adding side zipper access was a big plus in my eyes, and what ultimately swayed me to, uh-hem, use my "dividend" on a newer model..... (I think I can figure out how to load my pack to accommodate having one large side pocket on the other side) . I wish they had other color choices though (like conifer green, my 1st choice, over the new jungle green color. What can I say, ex-army). Hope that this info is accurate, and that it helps. Posted what I know already because no one has yet posted a review to help others decide (while the old models are still out there on sale). Heading out to Zion NP this week, and will post a follow-up later.
The Kestrel has all of the accessories I was looking for:
-The hip pockets are just the right size and placement for lip balm, snacks, and a camera. My past few trips have had many more pictures taken on the trail because of how easily it is to get my camera out.
-I like to hang my pack on a tree about head height, so the front pocket that allows access to the main compartment is perfect.
-It has enough small pockets here and there to make organization easy.
-The hiking poll straps are easy to use, even while hiking.
-The external hydration bladder spot is FANTASTIC! I used to have to dig out almost my entire pack to refill it, and it was nearly impossible to put the full bladder back in an already packed pack. Now, I can remove and replace it with relative ease.
-The back adjustment is very easy to manipulate
-I haven't had an opportunity to make use of the attached pack cover, but it seems convenient.
I'm sure some of my great experience with the Kestrel can be attributed to how outdated my old pack is, but I've loved this new pack. I've used it on three trips and it still looks brand new.