I bought an Osprey Kestrel a couple of years ago.What a wonderful product. Sometimes you buy something and it is SO good that you put the extra money into it. The ratio of organized compartments to large spaces is perfect and it is extremely light weight. I bought it for hiking the Appalachian Trail, but I also now find that I am using it for traveling on the train and visiting folks, it is so light weight, convenient and practical. So I have a hiking backpack and a piece of luggage all in one! And despite hiking, camping, getting soaked, throwing it on airplanes, etc., it has held up extremely well and still looks great.
Living in Missouri, my options are somewhat limited for multi-day hiking excursions. I find that this pack is the perfect size for 2-night/3-day hikes. I normally go out with an ultralight 1-person tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, water, food, stove, and other miscellaneous items, and this pack seems to be the perfect size without being too bulky or heavy. Osprey really seems to have thought out every aspect and constructed an extremely high-quality pack here, from the built-in whistle, to the built-in rain cover.I tried on quite a few other packs, but this was by far the most comfortable (on my body at least) in its price range.
I recently purchased this item and all I can say is that I am impressed! It superbly combines functionality and comfort. My sleeping pad fits perfectly in the straps, and the bottom compartment is great for my sleeping bag. All the packs I've owned previously have had one pocket up top so it's nice to have to two zippered pockets...nice having smaller items stored in the upper one. I have not maxed this bag out, but I have noticed that it can maintain a wide shape due to the side straps and side zippered pockets. Not an issue though and I am sure it can be adjusted when packing. Awesome all around bag.
Rated for 35 pounds; most comfortable if loads kept to less than 25 pounds. Would be a good daypack, but I use it as my overnight pack (2 -5 night trips.) I carry 18 pounds (including food, pack, gear and water) for a summer weekend, so it's perfect. 48L capacity means you have to commit to a minimalist style, using very light, compact gear (no synthetic sleeping bags.) I can fit winter gear in, too. The pack combines a supportive, adjustable suspension and hipbelt with an excellent pack bag design; cut off the extraneous internal divider, straps, and gimmicks, and you are only a few ounces over 3 pounds. Hipbelt pockets are useful. My favorite feature: the long zippered outside pockets - perfect place to keep rain gear handy (or maybe tent.) 2-compartment lid a bit gimmicky, but may be useful to you; lid does not fully float. Water bottle pockets a bit stingy - hard to get a full liter bottle in, but you can always put a half-liter bottle in each side. All in all, my favorite pack.
Researched for a pack to do the Camino in Spain---500 miles @no days off, 18 pounds gear --yes, I am going...did a day trip check out. Comfortable unit, adjustable everywhere, tons of pockets--stash area's--did not get rained on, so did not field test included cover. NICE LOOP set up for tent or pad, nice bottom compartment for tent---bottom line--SOLIDPACK
"extremely comfortable and useful pack for the money"
i recently got this as a christmas gift this past year. honestly, best pack i've owned. its comfortable as anything, holds a ludacris amount of gear, no unnecessary straps or anything. I just cant say enough good things about it. I'll review more about it after this puppy gets really put through its paces this spring
I got this pack this past christmas and i love it. really rugged and sturdy. it holds an amazing amount of gear. the built in rain cover is brilliant and easy to use, holds hiking poles easily, water bladder, etc. great buy for the money. Its extremely comfortable, even after an all day hike. its just a real versatile pack and anyone who gets this pack will absolutely love it.
they really thought through this backpack when they made it, i am still finding pockets that are so useful! Using this backpack to hike through Europe for 10 days and it fits everything! Not to mention it is super stylish and comes in great colors. Definitely a great buy and great quality! also very comfortable!
I absolutely love this pack, I just got into the Osprey brand two years ago and I'll never go back. The integrated rain fly is one of the best features on it along with being able to find enough in it for a few days in the summer. Just wish the straps would fit my thermarest pad.
Rainguard and trekpole loops are there when you need them. Perfect for an overnight hike, or stuff the heck out of it and you can do a 5 day summer trip. I've overpacked many times and it shows no wear, the zips and materials take abuse. If packed modestly I feel comfortable MTB with it, not too cumbersome. Side pockets and bottom opening are a must, belt pockets are a convenience. The top organizational pockets you will find handy, but unusable if you over-stuff the main compartment. A downside is that the hydration bladder needs to be put in before packing otherwise you cannot get it in. Can't get my sleeping pad rolled tight enough for the bottom straps, but easily be affixed otherwise.
I think the most important thing with a pack is that it fit you correctly. Everyone is a different shape. With that said, if that pack fits you correct then get ready. I have had this guy for 5 years now and have taken it everywhere from backpacking, climbing, to traveling through central america. I consider this to be the perfect size backpack. For light multi-day backpacking theres nothing better. For me its honestly all about the fit. I am comfortable hauling around any size load. For traveling it was awesome because there were many pockets that were easy to get to but at the same time it was easy to throw on top of a van or bus.
I have had this pack for 4 years now, and I have never even considered buying another pack. It's lightweight, has plenty of room for a 4-5 day trip, and has so many great features! The hip-belt pockets are fantastic for snacks, maps, or cameras, and the stow-and-go pole loops are fantastic. It has plenty of pockets to separate different types of gear. One of the best features, too, is that it comes with a rain fly so you don't have to purchase a separate one. Also, it comes with Osprey's amazing warranty, which came in handy for me this year. One of the clips broke on my hip-belt, and Osprey sent me a replacement no questions asked. I love this pack and would recommend it to anyone.