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KESTREL 48
KESTREL 48
KESTREL 48
KESTREL 48
KESTREL 48
 
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Features

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Zippered Hipbelt Pockets

Dual zippered hipbelt pockets provide secure storage for often needed items
2

External Hydration Sleeve

External hydration sleeve in backpanel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills
3

Stretch Mesh Front Pocket

Large front stretch mesh pocket for quickly stashing extra gear
4

Tool Attachment

Tuck away tool loops with bungee tie-offs provide secure tool carry
5

Front Panel Daisy Chains

Dual front panel daisy chains allow for extra external attachment points
6

Integrated Raincover

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
7

Compression Straps

Upper and lower reverse StraightJacket™ side compression straps stabilize load and also serve as external gear carry straps
8

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

Description

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.

Key Attributes

Versatility

Durable, comfortable and technically advanced, these packs are ideal for multi-sport enthusiasts.

Adjustable Harness

Adjustable harness provides custom torso fit. *Not included in Kestrel 28.

Integrated Raincover

An integrated raincover protects your gear from foul weather. When the sun returns, it stows away in its own external pocket at the bottom of the pack.

Additional Features

  • Sleeping Bag Compartment - Wide mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider stows your bag out of the way
  • Sleeping Pad Straps - Adjustable and removable sleeping pad straps provide secure extra carry
  • Side Zipper Access - Side zipper access to main compartment allows easy accessibility to the inside contents of the pack
  • Vertical Zippered Side Pocket - Full length zippered side pocket aids organization

Carry Information

LightWire™ Suspension

  • 3.5mm LightWire™ peripheral frame effectively transfers the load from harness to hip belt (not included on Kestrel 28l)
  • Atilon framesheet spreads load across the entire backpanel to the peripheral frame

Airscape™ Backpanel

  • Mesh covered ridged foam allows maximum ventilation while keeping the load close to the body

Spacer Mesh Harness and Hipbelt

  • Soft, edgeless padded mesh offers a soft breathable contact surface and large load support
  • Adjustable sternum strap with rescue whistle

Specs

Load Range
25 - 40 lbs.
11 - 18 kg
  Volume Dimensions Weight
S/M 2807 in3 / 46 l 26h x 15w x 16d in. 3.51 lbs.
M/L 2929 in3 / 48 l 28h x 15w x 16d in. 3.68 lbs.
S/M 2807 in3 / 46 l 67h x 38w x 40d cm 1.59 kg
M/L 2929 in3 / 48 l 72h x 38w x 40d cm 1.67 kg
Fabric
Main
210D Nylon Double Diamond Ripstop
Accent
420HD Nylon Packcloth
Bottom
420HD Nylon Packcloth
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Reviews

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OspreyKESTREL 48
 
4.3

(based on 4 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to load (4)
  • Good suspension (3)
  • Highly adjustable (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Day hikes (3)
  • Extended trips (3)
  • Light loads (3)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (3)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would buy again, extremely comfortable.

By 

from Cheboygan, Mi

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Body material very durable
  • Comfortable
  • Easy To Load
  • Good Suspension
  • Highly Adjustable
  • Storage pockets
  • The airflow back panel really works
  • The raincover

Cons

  • Cant remove sleeping bag spacer panel
  • Dislike the flap over hipbelt pocket zippers
  • I can't reach water bottles
  • I cant reach water bottles.
  • The mesh pockets are not durable

Best Uses

  • Day Hikes
  • Extended Hikes
  • I am going to thu hike with it.
  • Jack of all trades bag
  • Light Loads
  • School
  • Summit pack
  • Travel
  • Wet Weather

Comments about Osprey KESTREL 48:

I own 2 ospreys, 2004 60 aether (still in excellent condition even after a 650 mile thru hike) and the 48 kestrel. I reduced gear, so I required a smaller pack. I purchased the kestrel in march 2016. Since then the kestrel has been used in utah as a day pack for varies trails and it has been to isle royale michigan for 6 days and 5 nights loaded up to 32lbs. I easily could have loaded it for 7 days. At 32 Ilbs and avg 10 miles a day, the pack was always comfortable. Even during breaks I kept the bag on. Its easily the most comfortable pack i have used. The aether back panel is flat to my back and causes sweating. The kestrel airflow back panel really helps keep my back cool, you still will sweat from hiking but not from overheating. The pockets help with keeping gear organized . The main body of the bag is very durable and still looks new. Also the daisy chains are very handy for hang wet clothes or attaching things too. The hipbelt pockets are a decent size able to hold my sawyer mini, purell or 2 cliff bars. The negatives, the mesh water bottle pouch has some fraying, do to over growth on the trails rubbing it, and I question it's long term durability. The water bottle stretch pockets are the biggest negative, I can't reach or put the bottles back without taking the pack off, the mesh is too high. I think they should add more fabric here to make them pockets, as is the mesh stretches but won't fit all water bottles. Side note the 04 aether mesh pockets are much better designed and stronger. The hipbelt pockets have a flap over the zippers( I believe it's to keep water out) but they are annoying, it's a hassle to do while hiking. Ula hipbelt pockets are much better. Lastly the sleeping bag compartment spacer can't be removed I don't use it, it's not a big deal though you just have to move it out of the away. Overall it's a solid bag, its a day pack to thruhike pack. The excellent fit/comfort far overshadows the negatives. Will use on my 2017 AT thru hike

  • What Is Your Gear Style:
  • Minimalist
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not 48 L

By 

from Canada

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Easy To Load
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not 48 L
  • Not enough frame support

Best Uses

  • Day Hikes
  • Light Loads

Comments about Osprey KESTREL 48:

Not 48 L in size. If the main section is full, the outside side zippered pocket is not useable thus its not a true 48 L bag. It should be classified as a 40 L bag. Also for hiking all day a stronger frame would be ideal.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good service from a good pack

By 

from Cotacachi, Ecuador visiting today in NC

About Me Casual Adventurer

Pros

  • Easy To Load
  • Good Suspension
  • Highly Adjustable
  • Lightweight
  • Very comfortable, even with a good load

Cons

  • Typical access, only through the top or bottom

Best Uses

  • Day Hikes
  • Extended Hikes
  • Heavy Loads
  • Light Loads
  • Travel
  • Wet Weather

Comments about Osprey KESTREL 48:

I bought this pack in Denver more than 10 years ago, after going through 4 big outdoors shops looking for the right bag. Not so big that I want to carry too much, and not so small that I cant carry enough.

Since then it has traveled all over the US, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Turkey. On the big trips it carried an average of 35 pounds.

Some of these were backpacking trips, and some just travel with a backpack, but it does either job well and is very comfortable once I get it strapped in place.

  • What Is Your Gear Style:
  • Minimalist
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good Product, design

By 

from Jakarta, indonesia

About Me Outdoor Professional

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy To Load
  • Good Suspension
  • Highly Adjustable
  • Large Capacity
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Zipper Snags

Best Uses

  • Extended Hikes
  • Heavy Loads

Comments about Osprey KESTREL 48:

I think this newer version looks better than the previous version of the backpack
Very good pack, i love this pack ....

  • What Is Your Gear Style:
  • Minimalist
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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