Ideal for day hikes or ultra-lightweight overnighters, the Osprey Kestrel 38 balances weight, storage capacity (2100+ cubic inches), features, price and performance. A lightweight, supportive suspension enables the Kestrel 38 to comfortably carry loads of up to 40 pounds!
Employing ridge molded foam and built-in air channels, the Kestrel 38's AirScape backpanel provides flexible support and breathability to combat heat build-up between your back and the pack body. A lightweight aluminum peripheral frame and a foam framesheet effectively distribute weight and deliver supportive stability. The Small/Medium Kestrel 38 is designed to fit torso lengths ranging from 16"-20" and the Medium/Large size fits 19”-23” torsos. The padded, contoured hipbelt, and padded shoulder straps aid in stability and load transfer. An adjustable sternum strap and load-lifter straps further enhance fit. Side compression straps cinch down to keep the contents of the pack safely in.
The top-loading 2100+ cubic-inch capacity packbag is accessed beneath a fixed top lid that incorporates zippered compartments for gear storage. A vertical zipper on the face of the pack also grants access to the interior of the packbag without having to remove the lid. A zippered lower compartment is ideal for a sleeping bag or other gear. A divider between the main packbag and the sleeping bag compartment can be pulled aside to convert the Kestrel 38 to a single large compartment. A large stretch woven pocket on the front of the pack keeps layers close at hand.
Other features include Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachments, tuck-away ice axe loops, daisy chain attachment points, an included raincover, a safety whistle built into the sternum strap, zippered hibpelt pockets, and stretch side water bottle pockets. An external sleeve is ideal for a hydration system (not included).
The Osprey Kestrel 38 backpack is available in your choice of size and color options.
- Fixed top lid provides top loader access to main compartment
- Zippered hipbelt pockets
- Top lid zippered pocket and under lid zippered mesh pocket
- External hydration sleeve
- Front panel stretch mesh pocket
- Tuck away ice tool loop and bungee tie-offs
- Dual front panel daisy chains
- Integrated raincover
- Web attachment points on top lid
- Upper and lower reverse StraightJacket side compression straps
- Torso adjustable harness
- Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
- Dual stretch mesh side pockets
- Zippered sleeping bag compartment with floating divider
- Removable sleeping pad straps
- Side zipper access to main compartment
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking Access Top Loading w/ Sleeping Bag Compartment Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume Small/Medium: 2197 cu in
Medium/Large: 2319 cu in
Type Internal Frame Backpack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Maximum Weight 40 lbs Material 210 nylon ripstop and 420HD nylon packcloth Item Weight Small/Medium: 3.02 lbs
Medium/Large: 3.13 lbs
Torso Adjustment Yes Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Aluminum Fits Torso Small/Medium: 16"-20"
Fits Waist Small/Medium: 26"-45"
Dimensions 28" x 15" x 16" Detachable Daypack n/a
Real Customer Reviews
- Outstanding Pack
Likes: The Osprey Kestrel 38 is absolutely awesome.
It's features, and lack there of, make it a no-nonsense go-to bag...for me.
And the airspeed support system is super comfortable.
I have taken it backcountry split-boarding on Shasta and Castle Peak, and it is able to carry every bit of my essential gear, plus.
Dislikes: None to speak of....
- Good backpack for Camino
Likes: Perfect backpack for the Camino. Excellent service by Backcountry Edge. Unbeatable price, and fast shipping. Would purchase again.
- Great pack!
Likes: Very comfortable and carries weight well. Perfect for day hikes or light weekend trips.
- Great mid-sized pack flexible pack
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