Osprey Kestrel 38ltr Rucksack Review
Already fans of Osprey and their excellent packs, we leapt at the opportunity to give the new Kestrel pack a good going over. To summarise, we weren’t disapointed!
The Kestrel is available in 28 – 68ltr versions (with the women’s Kyte available in 36 and 46ltr options) so there’s something to suit everyone and all manner of applications. The Kestrel and Kyte series have been developed to cope with any-trail and any-season. This clip gives a great overview of the range and features.
In wet weather and heavy downpours the built in rain cover provides protection.
During hotter conditions the adjustable AirScape™ backpanel keeps you well ventilated whilst offering the load support you require.
Yes there are a lot of packs out there which do a similar job, but for me Osprey are somewhat of a benchmark.
The spacer mesh harness and hipbelt ensure a supportive and comfortable load carrying solution. Whilst the adjustable torso length means the backpack can be altered to fit you perfectly. For overnight trips attach larger items such as a sleeping pad on the lower external straps and put your sleeping bag in the base compartment with internal zip divider.
Keep the rest of your gear neatly organised with the hipbelt, mesh pocket and lid zipped pockets.
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One of the impressive things about Osprey packs is the thought that goes into the design; it’s obvious these have been designed by enthusiasts who enjoy everything the outdoors have to offer. There’s even an app which allows you to choose the most appropriate size for you height and weight : Pack Selector
Here’s an overview of the main features
Need your hands free for a short scramble? Their unique Stow-on-the-Go™ system means no more ‘on and off’ to store your trekking poles, just simply pass the poles through the two elasticated loops for an easy hands-free solution.
The single ice axe loop may prove useful in winter conditions and wet jackets can be stowed away from the rest of your gear via the front stretch pocket.
The dual side compression straps keep your load tight and under control. Our Kestrel pack is also compatible with both Hydraulics™ and Hydraulics™ LT Reservoirs so you can keep hydrated when hiking the trails.
Once you’re all packed then pull in the reverse StraightJacket™ compression straps to tightly secure your gear and get ready to go. We’ll bring more of this beast over the coming weeks once we’ve put it through its paces.
Other little touches like the integrated whistle on the sturnum strap is a great little touch
- Fully adjustable AirScape™ backpanel with foam ridges for ventilation
- Die-cut spacer mesh hipbelt and harness
- Sternum strap with emergency whistle
- Top lid access
- Stretch front pocket
- Twin zippered hip belt pockets
- Integrated & detachable raincover
- Adjustable torso length
- Compatible with Hydraulics™ and Hydraulics™ LT Reservoir
- Base zip entry
- External hydration access
- Fixed top pocket with dual zippered compartments
- Front tie off points
- Internal key attachment clip
- Light weight peripheral frame
- Removable sleeping pad straps
- Side compression straps
- Reverse Straightjacket™ compression straps
- Single ice axe loop
- Stretch mesh side pockets
- Under lid zipped mesh pocket
- Weight : 1.42 (M/L) kg
- Maximum dimensions : (cm) 71 (l) x 38 (w) x 40 (d)
We love Osprey Packs, they’re superbly well designed, comfortable and great at carrying all your essential items we ease and aplomb.
What’s great about them is you actually forget you’ve got the thing on and with all your smaller items just to hand, there’s less need to take it off just to stow your poles, or access some energy bars and sip a drink. Yes there are a lot of packs out there which do a similar job, but for me Osprey are somewhat of a benchmark. If you’re lucky enough to life near to an approved supplier with a fitting service (yes, fitting service!) then it’s worth spending some time trying a few on.
Using the Kestrel 38ltr has been an absolute joy and I’m not intending on being separated from it anything soon!
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