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Kestrel 48

Kestrel 48
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Twin zippered hipbelt pockets
Sleeping bag base compartment
Integrated & detachable raincover
Fully adjustable Airscape backpanel
Front shove-it pocket
External Hydration sleeve

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Kestrel 48

Off the grid. With a proven legacy, the Kestrel 48 is a rugged, high performance backpack, designed to be a true outdoor workhorse.

Kestrel 48 is designed for medium duration backpacking trips, or adventures where you’re carrying a moderate amount of gear. This spacious pack provides room for plenty of gear for your multi-day adventures. Accessing this gear is easy through a large side-zip access point, stretching from the lid to the lower compression straps. This provides an easy way in to access your equipment or find exactly what you’re looking for. Kestrel 48 also feature upper lid access with a drawcord closure, alongside a lower sleeping bag compartment with a removable divider.

Kestrel’s backsystem has been designed for comfort and stability, featuring Osprey’s tried and tested AirScape backpanel and a sturdy hipbelt and harness design, these packs will comfortably carry a heavy load. An adjustable design allows you to personalise the height of the backpanel with ease, using a hook-and-loop torso panel.

Kestrel 48 features numerous locations to store your backpacking essentials, including nylon-reinforced water bottle pockets, dual zippered hipbelt pockets, a large front shove-it pocket, top lid pocket, under lid pocket with key-clip and external-access hydration sleeve.

Finally, Kestrel 48 comes equipped with all of the essentials for life on the trail; an integrated and detachable raincover, Osprey’s Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment, multiple compression straps, sleeping pad straps, ice-tool attachments and multiple lashing loops.

Whether tackling mountainous terrain, deep forests or winding trails, these packs set a definitive benchmark in backpacking comfort and performance.

Key Features

  • AirScape™ backpanel with foam ridges for comfort and fit
  • Integrated & detachable raincover
  • Side access zip
  • Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment
  • PowerMesh™ dual access water-bottle pockets
  • Front shove-it pocket
FULL FEATURE LIST
Weight: 1.63 kg (M/L)
Maximum Dimensions (cm): 75 (l) x 34 (w) x 32 (d)
Main Fabric: 210D x 630D Nylon Dobby

Customer Reviews

4.4
Based on 5 reviews
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Albino
Ottimo zaino
Lo zaino è molto spazionso e allo stesso tempo abbastanza contenuto. Le varie tasche il divisorio interno permettono di organizzare bene il carico. La qualità dei materiali con cui è fatto è ottima e non ho riscontrato alcuna imperfezione di fabbricazione. Si addatta molto bene alla schiena.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Francisco
Awesome lightweight backpack
The quality of the materials and the features are remarkable. This backpack is also really versatile. As the back system does not represent a big part of the overall volume, you can reduce the size of the backpack a lot by using the compression straps, if you want to go small and lightweight. I used it as a carry on pack with many low cost European airlines and I didn't have any problems. But you still have plenty of room if you don't mind about the size and you want to carry as much as you can.
If you load it too much, I loaded up to 13kg. Is not as comfortable as other backpacks with more advance back system when you go for long walks/hike.But I guess that's not the aim of this pack.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Robert
Nice lightweight 4-season
Been testing my Kestrel 48 on many different hikes. I'm living in northern Norway where both weather and terrain can be demanding, so I used a good deal of time to decide what backpack I wanted. The choice landed on the Kestrel, and it has never let me down on a trip yet.

The backpack gives a good comfort when walking, and it feels balanced. I like the detail with two pockets in the top lid (on the outside), since I usually end up having a mess in my other packs where it's only one. I haven't experienced any problems regarding heavy packing, although I see the possibility. I've carried my sleeping bag, tent and other heavy equipment but cannot say it has been a problem. The rain cover is big enough, but it failed me once during heavy rain (rain+strong wind), but the internal of the pack was dry although the outside was soaked. There's one thing I would like to change on this pack, and that's the color of the rain cover. It should be in at bright color so it is easy to see, but it is red so it's not so hard either. The materials are good and strong. I've used it at bit rough some times, but the only scratch I've got on it was a broken clip to one of the tightening straps.

So to summarize: Nice backpack who works winter and summer. You can easily carry your "must have" gear ++ in this pack, but if you need a lot more I suggest a bigger pack. I have used it on mountains and highland, and the rain cover can handle it. I've used it rough, and the materials are dealing with it. So all in all it is a nice pack!
Will definitely consider Osprey next time I need a new backpack.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Phil
Comfortable all day long
Which is really all you can ask for from a rucksack. The hip loading works really well and the shoulder straps fit snugly, contoured in towards your sternum which I think helps avoid slipping/chaffing I have tolerated with other packs for too many years.

I really over-loaded this with bottles of water training for a summer hike in the Grand Canyon, and it coped very well - I could barely life it, but one on my back was just fine.

The snug back does generate/hold some sweat, but doesn't feel clammy I've not found a rucksack that sits away from the back which is actually comfortable, so this is a better compromise. for me anyway.

The pole holders are remarkably effective and don't get in the way.

Loaded normally, I am barely aware of it. The whole Grand Canyon trip, I never even gave my rucksack a 2nd thought - it just did it's job.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
  • 15mm side compression straps
  • Adjustable torso length
  • AirScape™ backpanel with foam ridges for comfort and fit
  • Dual access fabric side pockets with InsideOut™ compression cord
  • Front shove-it pocket
  • Integrated & detachable raincover
  • Internal hydration sleeve
  • Internal top load compression strap
  • PowerMesh™ dual access water-bottle pockets
  • Side compression straps
  • Single zipped side pocket
  • Single vertical zippered side access point
  • Sleeping bag base compartment with internal divider
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle
  • Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment
  • Stowable twin ice axe loops
  • Stretch front pocket
  • Stretch mesh side pocket for water bottle
  • Top lid access
  • Twin zippered hip belt pockets
  • Zip pocket in top lid

Reviews (5)

Customer Reviews

4.4
Based on 5 reviews
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You're reviewing: Kestrel 48

Albino
Ottimo zaino
Lo zaino è molto spazionso e allo stesso tempo abbastanza contenuto. Le varie tasche il divisorio interno permettono di organizzare bene il carico. La qualità dei materiali con cui è fatto è ottima e non ho riscontrato alcuna imperfezione di fabbricazione. Si addatta molto bene alla schiena.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Francisco
Awesome lightweight backpack
The quality of the materials and the features are remarkable. This backpack is also really versatile. As the back system does not represent a big part of the overall volume, you can reduce the size of the backpack a lot by using the compression straps, if you want to go small and lightweight. I used it as a carry on pack with many low cost European airlines and I didn't have any problems. But you still have plenty of room if you don't mind about the size and you want to carry as much as you can.
If you load it too much, I loaded up to 13kg. Is not as comfortable as other backpacks with more advance back system when you go for long walks/hike.But I guess that's not the aim of this pack.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Robert
Nice lightweight 4-season
Been testing my Kestrel 48 on many different hikes. I'm living in northern Norway where both weather and terrain can be demanding, so I used a good deal of time to decide what backpack I wanted. The choice landed on the Kestrel, and it has never let me down on a trip yet.

The backpack gives a good comfort when walking, and it feels balanced. I like the detail with two pockets in the top lid (on the outside), since I usually end up having a mess in my other packs where it's only one. I haven't experienced any problems regarding heavy packing, although I see the possibility. I've carried my sleeping bag, tent and other heavy equipment but cannot say it has been a problem. The rain cover is big enough, but it failed me once during heavy rain (rain+strong wind), but the internal of the pack was dry although the outside was soaked. There's one thing I would like to change on this pack, and that's the color of the rain cover. It should be in at bright color so it is easy to see, but it is red so it's not so hard either. The materials are good and strong. I've used it at bit rough some times, but the only scratch I've got on it was a broken clip to one of the tightening straps.

So to summarize: Nice backpack who works winter and summer. You can easily carry your "must have" gear ++ in this pack, but if you need a lot more I suggest a bigger pack. I have used it on mountains and highland, and the rain cover can handle it. I've used it rough, and the materials are dealing with it. So all in all it is a nice pack!
Will definitely consider Osprey next time I need a new backpack.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Phil
Comfortable all day long
Which is really all you can ask for from a rucksack. The hip loading works really well and the shoulder straps fit snugly, contoured in towards your sternum which I think helps avoid slipping/chaffing I have tolerated with other packs for too many years.

I really over-loaded this with bottles of water training for a summer hike in the Grand Canyon, and it coped very well - I could barely life it, but one on my back was just fine.

The snug back does generate/hold some sweat, but doesn't feel clammy I've not found a rucksack that sits away from the back which is actually comfortable, so this is a better compromise. for me anyway.

The pole holders are remarkably effective and don't get in the way.

Loaded normally, I am barely aware of it. The whole Grand Canyon trip, I never even gave my rucksack a 2nd thought - it just did it's job.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)

Features

  • 15mm side compression straps
  • Adjustable torso length
  • AirScape™ backpanel with foam ridges for comfort and fit
  • Dual access fabric side pockets with InsideOut™ compression cord
  • Front shove-it pocket
  • Integrated & detachable raincover
  • Internal hydration sleeve
  • Internal top load compression strap
  • PowerMesh™ dual access water-bottle pockets
  • Side compression straps
  • Single zipped side pocket
  • Single vertical zippered side access point
  • Sleeping bag base compartment with internal divider
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle
  • Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment
  • Stowable twin ice axe loops
  • Stretch front pocket
  • Stretch mesh side pocket for water bottle
  • Top lid access
  • Twin zippered hip belt pockets
  • Zip pocket in top lid