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Osprey Kestrel 48 (2016) Internal Frame Backpack

Item # OSP16205M


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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 comfortably carries up to 40 pounds!


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"
Medium/Large: 19"-23"
Fits Waist Small/Medium: 26"-45"
Medium/Large: 28"-50"
Dimensions 28" x 15" x 16"
Detachable Daypack n/a

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What I was hoping for

Likes: Exactly as described. I love the convenience of the side zipper to the main compartment!

Dislikes: N/A

Reviewed by Sean H. - December 13, 2016
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)

Reviewed by Vallerie P. - September 28, 2016

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.

Reviewed by Phillip T. - March 22, 2016