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FEATURES of the Osprey Kestrel 28 Pack
Stretch mesh front pocket
Front daisies with bungee tie-offs
Stretch mesh side pockets
Reverse Straight Jacket compression straps
Dual ice tool loops
External hydration sleeve
Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
Zippered hipbelt pockets
Fixed top pocket with gear loops and single zippered compartment
Under-lid zippered mesh pocket
SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Kestrel 28 Pack
210D double diamond nylon
420D nylon packcloth
Dimension: (H x W x D): 26 x 12 x 11" / 67 x 30 x 28 cm
I have had this pack for a year and figured I could give a full review. For the short day hikes, this pack works well. However, when you load it down (not hard in a pack this small) the hip suspension is very lacking. The pack has ample pockets, extra tie offs, a rain cover, and is durable. I did lots of scrambling in Tahoe and the pack shows no signs of wear. The vented back panel breathes well and the shoulder straps are comfortable.I used this pack on about 20 or so trips this summer. I did Mt Whitney in a day and found the suspension system was not stiff enough to carry the 30lb load comfortably for the time it took for the trip. Unfortunately, most pack manufacturers seem to skimp on the hip belts on packs these days.Keep the load light and the pack will work well.
I've had this pack for about a year now, and used it for a pretty wide variety of things. It carries my laptop around too and from work, lugs climbing gear along, and has spent over 400 miles on the trails during the field season. I also recently took it on an overnight trip out in Desolation. So after all this, here's what I think of it:Pros: Lightweight, comfy (for lighter loads), rain cover is the dopest, pretty good size for a wide variety of things, back doesn't buckle when not stuffed to the max. Osprey replaced a broken buckle within a few days of me shooting customer service an email.Cons: Hip belt can be uncomfortable with heavier loads, hydration bladder is pretty hard to slip inside. Definitely too expensive for what you get, unless you find it on sale.All in all, it's a pretty good pack. But for all the time I spent using it, I never really fell in love with it.
I can't speak to any extreme trekking, but for what I've put this pack through it's held up great and fit everything I've needed. Taken on 2 weeks through Peru and another 2 through Iceland I couldn't have asked for more.The zippers have never gotten stuck, and when I burnt through a strap on a baseboard heater Osprey had no problem replacing for me under their lifetime warranty.Also I've never had any airline question whether it would fit in the overhead