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Zippered Hipbelt Pockets

Dual zippered hipbelt pockets provide secure storage for often needed items

External Hydration Sleeve

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

Compression Straps

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

Front Panel Daisy Chains

Dual front panel daisy chains allow for extra external attachment points

Tool Attachment

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

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

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


The versatile Osprey Kestrel 38 is designed to transport 30-40 pound loads anywhere you care to go. 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 canyoneering in Utah’s San Rafael swell.
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 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


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

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


Load Range
25 - 40 lbs.
11 - 18 kg
  Volume Dimensions Weight
S/M 2197 in3 / 36 l 26h x 15w x 16d in. 3.02 lbs.
M/L 2319 in3 / 38 l 28h x 15w x 16d in. 3.13 lbs.
S/M 2197 in3 / 36 l 66h x 38w x 40d cm 1.37 kg
M/L 2319 in3 / 38 l 71h x 38w x 40d cm 1.42 kg
210D Nylon Double Diamond Ripstop
420HD Nylon Packcloth
420HD Nylon Packcloth
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OspreyKESTREL 38

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A Real Workhorse


from Portland

About Me Avid Adventurer


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


    Best Uses

    • Day Hikes
    • Extended Hikes
    • Heavy Loads

    Comments about Osprey KESTREL 38:

    The Kestrel series of packs are well designed, easy to use, and tough enough to haul your gear in a myriad of different outdoor environments. Basic features include a roomy rucksack with a separate bladder provision, adjustable compression straps, and a frame that balances heavier loads easily. Day in day out the Kestrel 38 handles it job with aplomb.

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

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    Great Pack one design issue


    from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    About Me Outdoor Professional


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


      Best Uses

      • Day Hikes
      • Extended Hikes
      • Travel

      Comments about Osprey KESTREL 38:

      I upgraded my Kestral 32 (previous model) with the 38 as I needed a bit more room for my guides pack. This is a great pack series and I prefer a top loading pack which is why I went with the 38. One design frustration that has been driving me crazy is the divider flap. Since my preference is to not have two separate compartments and because of that, the flap just gets in the way as there is no way to stow it. Velcro (hook & loop) tabs would have been beneficial to keep the flap out of the way. Other then this one criticism, it's a great pack!

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

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