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Osprey Kestrel

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The Kestrel has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Osprey Kestrel 38.

Version reviewed: 1997

This pack has been serving me for three years now. This is the best pack I ever tried. I'm sure this pack is well known to most of you here, but the beauty of this pack is comfort, balance, responsiveness and flexibility. Buy one and you would never regret it! I even carried my Bianchi road bike on my Kestrel to hike up to a bike shop to get it fixed but I was still comfortable even then. I feel I'm together with this pack whenever. One of the best buys in its class. But anyone who want to buy a pack MUST know how to wear a pack. Otherwise s/he would just complain without knowing how.... I personally think Osprey could charge more for this pack compared to similar packs on market.... shhhhhhh. Too cheap for what it offers! I don't work for Osprey....

Design: internal
Size: 2200-2400
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 40
Height of Owner: 5"10"
Price Paid: $130

An above average pack for the world, but below average by Osprey standards. I don't know why anyone would continue to buy the Kestrel Series (or why Osprey still makes it). The Exos series is over a pound lighter, has more features, is more comfortable and has an infinitely better compression system.

Design: Internal Frame
Size: Medium
Number of Pockets: 5
Max. Load Carried: 20 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 6"
Price Paid: $140

This pack rocks! The materials are the most durable I've ever seen in a pack. The Kestrel is fully waterproof, and with the Vector System gives you options to get the type of accessories you need. This pack should perform well for many years.

Design: Internal
Size: 2400
Number of Pockets: 1(Top lid)
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'2"
Price Paid: $135

Great day-and-one-half pack. Simple, rock solid, easy to attach side pockets (if needed), snowshoes (lash across front), ice ax straps and center daisy chain provided; comfortable non-padded hip belt and excellent mesh back.

Design: internal
Size: 2100
Number of Pockets: 1 (top)
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs
Height of Owner: 5' 10"
Price Paid: aprox $100

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