Ideal for long day hikes or lightweight overnighters, the Osprey Kestrel 48 balances weight, storage capacity (2800+ cubic inches), features, price and performance. A lightweight, supportive suspension enables the Kestrel 48 to comfortably carry loads of up to 40 pounds!
Employing ridge molded foam and built-in air channels, the Kestrel 48'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 48 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 2800+ 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 48 to a single large compartment. A large zippered side pocket and a large stretch woven pocket on the front of the pack offer additional organizational options and help to keep 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 48 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
- Full length vertical zippered side pocket
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking Access Top Loading w/ Sleeping Bag Compartment Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume Small/Medium: 2807 cu in
Medium/Large: 2929 cu in
Type Internal Frame Backpack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Maximum Weight 40 Material 210D nylon ripstop and 420HD nylon packcloth Item Weight 3.51/3.68 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
- good but flawed
Likes: it's a good bag and holds stuff well
Dislikes: waist straps are small and weak
- Elite Backpack
Likes: The Kestral 48 is a great cross between something like a mountaineering bag and an Atmos. You can use paracord or whatever to use those daisy chains to hang certain items on the outside of your pack. The Kestral is slightly redesigned in 2019, they added another axe loop and they made the stretch panel out durable material. I sent back the backpack but these things are just awesome. Im definitely getting the updated version when they start getting released. I love my Atmos 65 but I had a Kestral 38 for years until it got stolen and I cant wait to try the new Kestral.
Dislikes: Waiting for the 2019 version.
- Great pack!
Likes: Good size pack for two day trips.
- Love this pack over all
Likes: External bladder sleeve, lots of access to main compartment, rain fly included, tracking pole loops in front, lots of storage in the brain, compression straps everywhere, adjustable straps.
Dislikes: Zippers on hip pockets are a pain, mesh side pockets too small for a water bottle when pack is full .
- Very well made. Light, comfortable, has everything I need for a weekend trip.
Likes: Rain fly, trekking pole holder, side compartment, front mesh pocket.
- Awesome pack!
Likes: The Kestrel 48 had everything I was looking for in a pack. Excellent build quality, a sleeping bag compartment, rain fly, compression straps, and sleeping pad straps. I haven't given it a thorough test while backpacking yet, but I can already tell it's gonna be able to withstand everything I can throw at it!
Dislikes: No major dislikes, but the sleeping pad compartment is on the small side.
- What I was hoping for
Likes: Exactly as described. I love the convenience of the side zipper to the main compartment!
- Great design, but not for me
Likes: I love all the options Osprey gives you, but I was interested in a more streamlined pack. Though, this pack did the job on my first few backpacking trips.
Dislikes: Weight, stiff back and straps, hydration section (located on the outside of the bag, very hard to pack when bag is already packed)
Likes: Great materials,comfortable, well made, easy to adjust, side zipper is very convenient, good external storage features, transfers weight to hips well, great compression straps.
Dislikes: I like the hipbelt overall, especially the way it tightens towards the center but I would have liked the pockets to be slighlty bigger and they seem to sit farther back on my hips making it slightly awkward to access them.
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