Kestrel 48 Backpack

Osprey Kestrel 48 Backpack Live Reviews

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.
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 hipbelt pockets.
Along with the extensive pocketry, 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 raincover.

Product Reviews


This pack has been a perfect fit and trail companion for about 3 years.

This pack has been a perfect fit and trail companion for about 3 years. From short weekend trips to week long section hikes it has proven to be just the right size for my gear (all seasons) and needs.
My base weight before food and water hovers between 17-21 lbs depending on the weather.
I am a 34 year old woman, 5’7” and fluctuate occasionally between 178-190lbs. I wear a size M/L pack. I’ve never had an issue with the fit. In fact, it’s sincerely very comfortable.
The rain cover works great.
I like the many roomy pockets and internal storage in the brain.

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