OSPREY Kestrel 48 Backpack

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OSPREY Kestrel 48 Backpack
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (7)
  • Great features (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Roomy (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great, versitile pack

By Jason

from Schenectady, NY

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • External Side Posckets

Best Uses

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking

Comments about OSPREY Kestrel 48 Backpack:

I've used the pack twice for day hikes and once for a backpacking trip. I purchased the M/L and the pack fits pretty comfortably and conforms to my body and movement. The rain cover is integrated in the pack with its own pocket--it came in handy my first hike. The size is just right for me, but I bought it that way. I love the expandable shovel pocket--I put shed layers there or trash I pick up on the trail. Very convienient.

Few suggestions for the pack designers:
I'm a 34 inch waist, and I wish I could cinch the waist strap a little bit tighter. Also, the side pockets expand into the interior of the pack--subtracting the amount of internal space. I wish they poked out. I like to put easy-to-access items (like first aid kit, rope) on side pockets.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect overniter to Havasu Falls

By Candi

from Riverside CA

About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Overnight Trek

    Comments about OSPREY Kestrel 48 Backpack:

    We did an overnite hike to Havasu Falls, AZ and this pack was perfect for the job. All the pack adjustments were utilized and made the load (25 lbs about)almost unnoticable. I also purchased the 3L water bladder that easily fit into the external sleeve of the pack, even when the pack was loaded. Only drawback was the strap on front for attaching walking poles; it rubbed inside of arm, but I duct taped over it and may just cut it off. Wish that feature was removable. I had room for all carried for our 22 mile hike in 27 hours and know I will get a lot of great use from this light and sturdy pack. Just FYI, my son went out upon our return and purchased an Osprey 65; impressed with mine!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Osprey are the BEST!

    By Dalai Lama on trail

    from Canada

    About Me Practical

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Roomy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about OSPREY Kestrel 48 Backpack:

      Osprey are the best for backpacks!

      It's my fourth one and I travel around the world with it and also on the trails of the White Mountain. All purpose!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this backpack!

      By SilverHawk

      from Delaware

      About Me Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Features
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Day And Overnight Hikes

        Comments about OSPREY Kestrel 48 Backpack:

        I bought the Kestrel 48 as a day pack alternative to my Aether 70 and ended up liking it almost better. It's big enough to haul all my equipment for a 1-3 night backpack trip and becomes a great lightweight pack for any day hike. It has plenty of pockets (side, top, belt) to help organize the small items and the main compartment is large enough to fit all essentials for overnighters on the trail. With all equipment and a full hydration reservoir, I'm able to keep weight below 32 lbs, often below 30. This pack was a pleasant surprise. Very comfortable with no issues at 50 miles on the AT so far.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best pack I've ever owned!

        By PA Ridgerunner

        from Jay, NY

        About Me Avid Adirondack Hiker

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable
        • Great Features
        • Roomy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Winter Hikingclimbing

          Comments about OSPREY Kestrel 48 Backpack:

          I use this as my winter daypack when climbing peaks in the northeast. Lots of great features, pockets, easy-access. My summer pack is the Kestrel 32 and this larger pack is even better, and more comfortable, a better fit.
          Only complaint is that the waist belt pockets are difficult to unzip and zip. Same problem with my Kestrel 32.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Love at first seight

          By Ant

          from Dover,Nh

          About Me Practical

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable
          • Great Features
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Camping

            Comments about OSPREY Kestrel 48 Backpack:

            It is prefect for just going camping for a couple days and I love the color. I love the pockets and it dose not have to less or to many. just my seize.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            4.0

            Have one and gifting this one

            By Q

            from Sugar Hill, NH

            About Me Avid hiker, Practical

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Great Features
            • Lightweight
            • Roomy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Overnight hikes

              Comments about OSPREY Kestrel 48 Backpack:

              My wife and I each purchased one last year and love the comfort and room. Purchased this one for our son who is also starting to tackle the NH 4,000 footers.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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