Osprey Kestrel 32
Design: Panel Loading
Number of Pockets: 1
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'3"
Got the pack for long day hikes and peak bagging. I often carry quite a bit of gear for peaks, especially if I have family with me. I have a 19" torso, so they say. I bought a M/L. I loaded it up and went out climbing.
I had 20-25 lbs in it b/w gear, food, and water. The compression system really cinched the load down well and kept it from moving as the pack was not completely full -- I was impressed. The load lifter straps kept the weight off my shoulders and the bag pulled tight against my back. I used the built-in rain cover as it did rain. The cover worked well. The trekking pole attachment also worked well and kept it out of my way.
I liked the external access for the hydration reservoir. The airscape back panel did its job I suppose - I was very sweaty from head to toe as I did a strenuous climb. The pockets on the waist belt worked well -- I put my camera in one.
The waist belt was comfortable but could be slightly "beefier" as I believe it is basically mesh. The weight of the pack was more or less supported across my hips and off my shoulders.
Not sure if I like the panel design though as compared to a top loader however it does make for easier access.
Overall I was pleased with the purchase.
Design: front-loading internal
Number of Pockets: 7
Max. Load Carried: 20#
Height of Owner: 5'8"
Price Paid: $90
This is my third pack and I bought it for fast overnight trips and extended day trips where my North Face Prophet 45 is too big and my North Face Hammerhead is too small.
Size wise, the Kestrel 32 is perfect for what I needed it for. The panel loading design made it easy to load my sleeping gear, tent (MSR Microzoid with the poles and pegs strapped outside), and cooking gear with some food, and a couple pieces of extra clothing into the main compartment.
I loved the pockets on the hip belt for small stuff like my keys. I also liked the hoop and catch for the trekking poles but they only work when the poles are shortened down to their storage length.
The suspension system on this pack works very well. I'm 5'8", 150# and the S/M pack fit me perfectly. A couple of adjustments with the straps and I was able to adjust the fit when I dropped off the sleep gear for a days worth of hiking.
I really felt the air flowing between my back and vented back panel which was awesome considering I was in Joshua Tree NP in the low 90's.
My only gripe is that the externally accessible water bladder pocket loads the bladder into the main pack compartment taking up space. I don't know if there is a way around that design but with the pack fully loaded, it pushed on the bladder.
PS: Osprey's customer support is awesome too. I lost the included rain cover and they were able to provide me a replacement at minimal cost.
Design: Panel Loader
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 30
Height of Owner: 6'4"
Price Paid: $130
Osprey Kestrel is a superb pack. I have used a variety of day packs, internal frames, and camera backpacks. I was looking for something that carried better than a camera pack, was airline carry-on reg, could be used on rugged off trail hikes. After trying out several packs I found the Kestrel 32.
At 32L size, its specs are just in the carry-on size limits. Or, at least, no one has every questioned it.
With a simple frame, it provides enough support to transfer the load to the hips. The panel loader design is easy to access, a real plus to get at camera gear. The two belt and one top pocket are small but can be used for small items. Note the top pocket is in the main compartment so filling it costs you a little bit of internal space.
The back mesh sleeve, holds a jacket.
The trekking pole attachment works well.
It carries well off trail.
Very good pack. Worth looking at for the photographer and the hiker or climber too.
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Take the Osprey Kestrel 32 with you on winter hikes and lightweight summer overnights.
The Osprey Kestrel 32 pack sports a svelte design with lightweight materials and all the features you need for done-in-a-day climbing, cragging and other outdoor adventures. Mesh-covered, die-cut EVA hipbelt saves weight and enhances breathability. Pack fits a wide variety of backs thanks to rip-and-stick, torso-length adjustability: just rip it, adjust it and stick it. Back panel features ridge-molded foam with channels covered in mesh to allow airflow. Peripheral-hoop alloy frame and HDPE framesheet provide a flexible and light structure. Trekking pole attachment lets you stow and remove poles (not included) while wearing pack. Poles tuck away between your arm and pack; adjustable shockcord on left-hand shoulder strap and a side loop hold poles in tightly. Front and side stretch-woven pockets are ideal for stashing a jacket and other often-used gear. Hipbelt features 2 zippered pockets for stashing a digital camera and snacks. Hydration-compatible design features reservoir sleeve and drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately). 2 ice axe loops with bungee tool tie-offs let you lash extra gear outside. Side compression straps let you cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying. The Osprey Kestrel 32 pack features an integrated raincover that pulls out in a flash to protect contents from sudden downpours.
The Kestrel 32 Daypack's panel-loading design allows quick access to all your gear, and Osprey beefed it up with features you'd usually find only on larger overnight bags. A front stretch-Lycra pocket provides a quick place to stash your shell, and two hip pockets keep your camera, compass, and snacks readily available.
Free Shipping. Osprey Kestrel 32 Pack FEATURES of the Osprey Kestrel 32 Pack Stretch mesh front pocket Front daisies with bungee tie-offs Stretch mesh side pockets Reverse Straight Jacket compression straps Integrated raincover Dual ice tool loops External hydration sleeve LightWire frame Torso-adjustable harness Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment AirScape backpanel 12 Zippered hipbelt pockets Panel loading Top mesh zip pocket SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Kestrel 32 Pack 210D double diamond nylon 420D nylon packcloth Dimension: (H x W x D): 22 x 12 x 12in. / 57 x 30 x 30 cm SPECIFICATIONS for S/M Volume: 1831 cubic inches / 30 liter Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz / 1.20 kg SPECIFICATIONS for M/L Volume: 1953 cubic inches / 32 liter Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz / 1.24 kg