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FEATURES of the Osprey Kestrel 38 Pack
Stretch mesh front pocket
Front daisies with bungee tie-offs
Stretch mesh side pockets
Reverse Straight Jacket compression straps
Dual ice tool loops
External hydration sleeve
Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
Zippered hipbelt pockets
Under-lid zippered mesh pocket
Removable sleeping pad straps
Zippered sleeping bag compartment with drop-down divider
Fixed top pocket with gear loops and dual zippered compartments
SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Kestrel 38 Pack
210D double diamond nylon
420D nylon packcloth
Dimension: (H x W x D): 28 x 12 x 11" / 70 x 30 x 28 cm
I initially bought this bag to have an extra pack for climbing, backpacking, etc. It's main use right now is for my climbing gear but I used it for a weekend of camping and backpacking and loved the pack. I have recently gotten into climbing so I don't have a whole lot of stuff, but for the things I have, basic essentials (rope, webbing, carabiners, harnesses, chalk bags, shoes) it has been a perfect fit. More gear would require a bigger pack, but so far this one has been great for me. I also use it for weekend trips to put just about anything in it. It synches down nice to accommodate a day hike or allows some stretch to overnight it. The sleeping bag compartment on the bottom was a key thing for me. I like to be able to separate my gear so I don't have to dig to the bottom of the bag. Nalgenes fit into the mesh pockets. All straps come in very useful. Great all around pack from a great brand.
The Osprey pack was even more than what I had hoped for. It is perfect for my needs. Mainly what I want to say in this review is how amazing the Moosejaw customer support is. From the online chat, to phone service, to emails everyone responded quickly and courteously. I had never shopped at Moosejaw before but I am now a big fan. It is an amazing company.
This bag has been with me for four years already and the durability is amazing. Storing water is a breeze, and you don't need to buy a rain cover! . It is a nice feature having the rain fly attached to the bag as well. This bag can be used to cover a long day hike, all the way up to a 4-5 day trek if you plan the rest of your gear out well. The straps are easy to move to fit any body type, as well as the back adjustment. This is the bag I trust when I go on short treks, and I recommend it to everyone!
"great backpack, just the right size for a day-long/overnight hike"
Was looking for a day-long to overnight hiking backpack and came across Osprey. I'm 6' 180 lbs and found the M/L size to fit just right. This thing has it all, great back support, arches away from you to cut down on that sweaty back feeling, stiff to keep my camelpak water bladder in place and unharmed. Ton's of pockets though I wish it had two pockets on the sides like the Atmos series from Osprey. FYI, if you get a tear in this thing 20 years from now, Osprey will fix it at no cost (presumably you'd have to pay for shipping but don't know, haven't had to use it). This thing is built to take abuse and has way more room than you would think from looking at it. Love this backpack.