User Review: Osprey Kestrel 32
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.