User Review: Osprey Kestrel 48
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $169
Great pack for lightweight overnight backpacking and airline travel.
- Full of features
- Small enough for all airplane overheads
This pack is fantastic. I purchased it for airline travel because the frame height is just within the maximum overhead bin length limits. I was hoping that someday my backpacking gear would be light/small enough to use this for overnight backpacking. I have been traveling on planes for over a year with this pack and it fits in even commuter jets overhead bins. It is Osprey, so the build quality is top notch. Love this pack for travel.
My gear has gotten light and small for backpacking. I now take this pack for overnight backpacking trips. My other main pack is an Osprey Aether 60. This pack has a much thinner (less padding) strap setup. I expected some "hot spots" or soreness due to thin straps. I was wrong.
This pack wildly exceeded my expectations in the comfort department. Mind you- my pack weight was 30 lbs. in and 26 lbs. out. This pack is not designed to carry over 30 lbs. My only complaints are the amount of pack sway and the need for constant re-tightening of my hip belt straps. The pack sway is mostly due to my insistence of keeping the pack off of my shoulders and on my hips. Kudos to the hip belt for being able to comfortably handle the weight! This made the hip belt constantly need tightening. It may have been a hassle, but I was comfortable for ten miles in and ten miles out.
This pack has so many features. Hip belt pockets, shove it pocket, trekking pole stash loops, side water bottle pockets, camelback pocket, straps to hold anything anywhere on the outside. You name it, it's got it. No other pack that I looked at in this size range had all the features and could comfortably carry 30 lbs.
I would buy this pack again in a heartbeat. I look forward to many wonderful overnight backpacking trips and many trips in airplanes all over the world.