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Kestrel 68

Kestrel 68
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Kestrel 3 Key Features
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 68

Off the grid. With a proven legacy, the Kestrel 68 is a rugged, high performance backpack, designed to be a true outdoor workhorse.

Kestrel 68 is designed for medium to long duration backpacking trips, or adventures where you’re carrying a large amount of gear. The large capacity provides space for bulky gear or gives you room to carry more than just the essentials. Accessing this gear is easier than ever before, with a huge U-zip opening on the front panel, providing an easy way in to organise your equipment or find exactly what you’re looking for. Kestrel 68 also features an 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 68 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 68 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
  • U-Zip suitcase opening on front panel
  • Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment
  • PowerMesh™ dual access water-bottle pockets
  • Front shove-it pocket
FULL FEATURE LIST
Weight: 1.78 kg (M/L)
Maximum Dimensions (cm): 78 (l) x 37 (w) x 37 (d)
Main Fabric: 210D x 630D Nylon Dobby

Customer Reviews

4.85
Based on 7 reviews
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Ollie
Brilliant backpack
I took the risk of getting a slightly smaller one than my last, which I think may have been a wrong move; but I cannot fault the backpack, it’s absolutly superb and I love the changes osprey has made since I bought my first backpack from them a few years ago. Great job.
Kernowoutdoors
Simplicity done well
As a member of Search and Rescue/ mountain rescue UK I need a good backpack. Something that I can carry helmets, rope, clothing, food, emergency equipment in all weather through (I mean through) and over various mixed terrains. I frequently find myself on hilltops, in woodlands, on moorland-generally in rain (living in Cornwall does have benefits honest) and always always wading through head-height Brambles and nettles. They will make and leave their mark on you. Full review www.kernowoutdoors.com

For years Ive been using a cheap Regatta pack. Something I didn’t mind abusing. I hated it but it was pretty fantastic in a weird tough reliable way. We had a long relationship, the Regatta and I but alas it was time at last to surge forward. The Osprey Kestrel 68L was where I ended up. I looked and looked at packs. Module systems, military. All seem good but get expensive and complicated. The Kestrel by Osprey appeared but I ignored it at first, thinking it almost identical to my Atmos-not as good even as it had no AG system. Anyway I re-considered it and decided I liked it. First impressions were that its is simple. Less ‘highly strung’ perhaps. The nylon felt way thicker than the Atmos. Perhaps heavier-but I need, I want something tough. Something thorns and brambles will simply bounce from.




24 hours worth of Longlife food
hot drink
water
helmet
goggles
harness
set of spare clothing
warm jacket
gloves
hat
waterproof trousers
waterproof shell
radio
map
gps
compass
glow sticks
emergency shelter
spare socks
spare laces
medical gloves
first aid kit
cascard(medical recording form)
Headtorch
torch
batteries
pens
map
What’s in my pack?

I’ll be packing this with some sort of ordering. Stuff that isn’t used much will be pushed further down the pack. Stuff that’s always in and out will be near the top/near an opening.

Whilst packing the bag I thought I would try the big “U” opening on their front. In the past front opening bags were a pain to open. The storm flaps would get jammed, there were straps in, through, under and over where you needed to be and in all they were a massive pain. The Kestrel was refreshing. It had a few clips that could be undone easily. Zips were big and chunks, and smooth. It opened easily, and more importantly it closed easily. I loaded up my bag with loads of gear and simply zipped it all away.

Osprey kestrel rain cover
A photograph of Osprey Kestrel drainage hole
Osprey kestrel lashing eyes
Osprey kestrel hood pocket
Osprey kestrel interior instructions
I put the pack on and always considered it a poor mans Atmos (With AG). In wearing it I discovered it was a simpler pack than the AG, not a poor equivalent. I enjoyed the simplistic air-speed back, the no nonsense-ness of it. It initially appears to be a good pack.
JeroenFre
Nice product with low weight for its catagory.
Used the pack at this moment just two times but it feels just right. Pretty comfortable, good adjustable and a lot of nice features. Found out after delivery that its a front loader, didn't know that but I think it's pretty helpful in organising and reaching gear. The quality seems to be good but will see how it holds during the coming years. All of this with a nice weight of less than 2kg.
Finally I can say that I'm really satisfied by the price vs quality of the product.
David
Best in class
Very professional looking, build. Made to last a lifetime. If your serious about travel this is THE ONE.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Daniel
Fairly happy after a week hiking
This is a great looking pack. Overall a really solid bag - some critique down below.

-Big stretch mesh pockets on the sides are well sized for carrying water bottles. Could of been sewn with a bit of an angled hole for easier access to water bottle.
-I can appreciate that some people find the side pocket useful due to faster access to stuff but since it just ends up pushing the stuff taking volume from the inside the bag. The top pocket and the other pockets are plenty for me.
-The top part was a bit to small when the bag was fully packed. More of a cosmetic problem though.
-The straps on the bottom on the pack works good for tiny cell foam sleeping pads but for normal sized ones they where a bit too short.
-Since mobile phones are getting bigger and are being used as cameras I would have liked one of the pockets on the hip belt to be bigger.
-I prefer just keeping my stuff in plastic bags so the rain cover and pocket for that was unnecessary.
-Seems to be good quality material and well made.

Reasons for not getting 5 stars:
-The padded part of the hip belt could have been a bit longer - about 2 cm on each side. Ended up being a bit uncomfortable at times. I think you should err on the bigger side when you can't exchange it. Not fat or unusually large hips.
-Even though this bag is not in the heavy weight division it's still a bit to heavy for my taste.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
guido
Zaino fantastico
Davvero uno zaino di qualità. Usato per un lungo viaggio in Sudamerica di un mese compreso un trekking in Patagonia di oltre 10 giorni. Leggero, robusto, versatile, eccellente qualità dei materiali. Altamente raccomandato!

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Toni.para
bullet proof tank pack!!!
I have the M/L I am 6,2 I find it very comfortable, fits very good

Great pack tons off space and its built like a rock !!!
Amazing roll system waterproof cover, you just role it over your bag in seconds, and when dried just roll it back in its pocket, as its attached inside the pocket. Also the rain cover is detachable.
The access to the sleeping compartment is a big plus, so you don't have to take all your kit out to access your sleeping bag
I usually use it for multi day wild camping but it will compress reasonably smaller with the straps, for day hikes
Only thing I don't like are the side long pockets, instead of going outwards they stretch inside using up part of the main compartment

I own Momentum 30 and Kestrel 68.

(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
  • Integrated & detachable raincover
  • Internal hydration sleeve
  • Internal top load compression strap
  • Removable sleeping pad straps
  • Side compression straps
  • 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
  • Top lid access
  • Twin zippered hip belt pockets
  • U-Zip suitcase opening on front panel
  • Zip pocket in top lid

Reviews (7)

Customer Reviews

4.85
Based on 7 reviews
Add a Review Hide Review Form

Write Your Own Review

You're reviewing: Kestrel 68

Ollie
Brilliant backpack
I took the risk of getting a slightly smaller one than my last, which I think may have been a wrong move; but I cannot fault the backpack, it’s absolutly superb and I love the changes osprey has made since I bought my first backpack from them a few years ago. Great job.
Kernowoutdoors
Simplicity done well
As a member of Search and Rescue/ mountain rescue UK I need a good backpack. Something that I can carry helmets, rope, clothing, food, emergency equipment in all weather through (I mean through) and over various mixed terrains. I frequently find myself on hilltops, in woodlands, on moorland-generally in rain (living in Cornwall does have benefits honest) and always always wading through head-height Brambles and nettles. They will make and leave their mark on you. Full review www.kernowoutdoors.com

For years Ive been using a cheap Regatta pack. Something I didn’t mind abusing. I hated it but it was pretty fantastic in a weird tough reliable way. We had a long relationship, the Regatta and I but alas it was time at last to surge forward. The Osprey Kestrel 68L was where I ended up. I looked and looked at packs. Module systems, military. All seem good but get expensive and complicated. The Kestrel by Osprey appeared but I ignored it at first, thinking it almost identical to my Atmos-not as good even as it had no AG system. Anyway I re-considered it and decided I liked it. First impressions were that its is simple. Less ‘highly strung’ perhaps. The nylon felt way thicker than the Atmos. Perhaps heavier-but I need, I want something tough. Something thorns and brambles will simply bounce from.




24 hours worth of Longlife food
hot drink
water
helmet
goggles
harness
set of spare clothing
warm jacket
gloves
hat
waterproof trousers
waterproof shell
radio
map
gps
compass
glow sticks
emergency shelter
spare socks
spare laces
medical gloves
first aid kit
cascard(medical recording form)
Headtorch
torch
batteries
pens
map
What’s in my pack?

I’ll be packing this with some sort of ordering. Stuff that isn’t used much will be pushed further down the pack. Stuff that’s always in and out will be near the top/near an opening.

Whilst packing the bag I thought I would try the big “U” opening on their front. In the past front opening bags were a pain to open. The storm flaps would get jammed, there were straps in, through, under and over where you needed to be and in all they were a massive pain. The Kestrel was refreshing. It had a few clips that could be undone easily. Zips were big and chunks, and smooth. It opened easily, and more importantly it closed easily. I loaded up my bag with loads of gear and simply zipped it all away.

Osprey kestrel rain cover
A photograph of Osprey Kestrel drainage hole
Osprey kestrel lashing eyes
Osprey kestrel hood pocket
Osprey kestrel interior instructions
I put the pack on and always considered it a poor mans Atmos (With AG). In wearing it I discovered it was a simpler pack than the AG, not a poor equivalent. I enjoyed the simplistic air-speed back, the no nonsense-ness of it. It initially appears to be a good pack.
JeroenFre
Nice product with low weight for its catagory.
Used the pack at this moment just two times but it feels just right. Pretty comfortable, good adjustable and a lot of nice features. Found out after delivery that its a front loader, didn't know that but I think it's pretty helpful in organising and reaching gear. The quality seems to be good but will see how it holds during the coming years. All of this with a nice weight of less than 2kg.
Finally I can say that I'm really satisfied by the price vs quality of the product.
David
Best in class
Very professional looking, build. Made to last a lifetime. If your serious about travel this is THE ONE.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Daniel
Fairly happy after a week hiking
This is a great looking pack. Overall a really solid bag - some critique down below.

-Big stretch mesh pockets on the sides are well sized for carrying water bottles. Could of been sewn with a bit of an angled hole for easier access to water bottle.
-I can appreciate that some people find the side pocket useful due to faster access to stuff but since it just ends up pushing the stuff taking volume from the inside the bag. The top pocket and the other pockets are plenty for me.
-The top part was a bit to small when the bag was fully packed. More of a cosmetic problem though.
-The straps on the bottom on the pack works good for tiny cell foam sleeping pads but for normal sized ones they where a bit too short.
-Since mobile phones are getting bigger and are being used as cameras I would have liked one of the pockets on the hip belt to be bigger.
-I prefer just keeping my stuff in plastic bags so the rain cover and pocket for that was unnecessary.
-Seems to be good quality material and well made.

Reasons for not getting 5 stars:
-The padded part of the hip belt could have been a bit longer - about 2 cm on each side. Ended up being a bit uncomfortable at times. I think you should err on the bigger side when you can't exchange it. Not fat or unusually large hips.
-Even though this bag is not in the heavy weight division it's still a bit to heavy for my taste.

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
guido
Zaino fantastico
Davvero uno zaino di qualità. Usato per un lungo viaggio in Sudamerica di un mese compreso un trekking in Patagonia di oltre 10 giorni. Leggero, robusto, versatile, eccellente qualità dei materiali. Altamente raccomandato!

(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Toni.para
bullet proof tank pack!!!
I have the M/L I am 6,2 I find it very comfortable, fits very good

Great pack tons off space and its built like a rock !!!
Amazing roll system waterproof cover, you just role it over your bag in seconds, and when dried just roll it back in its pocket, as its attached inside the pocket. Also the rain cover is detachable.
The access to the sleeping compartment is a big plus, so you don't have to take all your kit out to access your sleeping bag
I usually use it for multi day wild camping but it will compress reasonably smaller with the straps, for day hikes
Only thing I don't like are the side long pockets, instead of going outwards they stretch inside using up part of the main compartment

I own Momentum 30 and Kestrel 68.

(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
  • Integrated & detachable raincover
  • Internal hydration sleeve
  • Internal top load compression strap
  • Removable sleeping pad straps
  • Side compression straps
  • 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
  • Top lid access
  • Twin zippered hip belt pockets
  • U-Zip suitcase opening on front panel
  • Zip pocket in top lid