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The Kestrel 38 is a fantastic all-round daypack for climbers, walkers, mountaineers and, for lovers of ultralight kit, a great overnight pack too.

With enough space to swallow spare clothing, food, drink, and the rest of your hill essentials (and maybe some of your family's extras too), the Kestrel 38's well positioned compression straps also allow you to cinch it in when you're carrying a lighter load. A large main compartment, pocket in the lid and zipped entry at the base is a layout normally found on much larger bags but is just as useful on a big daypack: keep your kit well organised but get down to the bottom without having to unpack first!

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Product Features

  • Large main compartment
  • Zipped lower compartment with removable divider
  • Zipped lid pocket
  • Stretch front and side pockets
  • Hipbelt pockets
  • Compression straps
  • Removable sleeping pad straps
  • Ice axe/walking pole attachments
  • Stow-On-The-Go walking pole attachment
  • Adjustable length Airscape back with steel spring rod frame
  • Hydration system compatible
  • Weight: 1390g (size M/L)
  • Capacity: 38 litres (size M/L)

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8 Customer reviews for this product

A sturdy and versatile pack
Reviewed By Robert, 20 May 2015

I have had this pack for 6 years now and have used it for mountain hiking, rock climbing, winter mountaineering and overnight camps at mountain bothys. All the features come in handy at some point, be it the stow on the go tracking pole attachment, the rain cover or ice axe loops, but my favourite has to be the seperate pouch for the hydration system. Even if you get a leak, the rest of your gear stays dry and the small hole at the bottom makes sure any leakage drains away instead of creating a puddle at the bottom of the sack. The back pannel is contoured to the curve of your back and you can adjust the back length to your heart's content. It is also robust. I once accidentaly dropped it down a rockface and saw it tumble down about 20 meters. I thought the internal frame would have been mangled, but to my surprise it was absoloutely fine. My only criticisms are that the straps are way too long for what is needed, and on windy days can smack you in the face (but this can be avoided if you tuck them away), and also the small/medium size has only 36 liters of capacity and can be a little short of space on winter climbs for ropes, gear, harness, crampons e.t.c. Otherwise I would certainly recommend this pack. If it is lightness you favour above all else, look at the Talon but if you want something more durable with a rain cover, then this should fit the bill.



Great daysack
Reviewed By Phil, 10 Mar 2014

I purchased this as a replacement for my 25 litre daysack; it was 10 years old, had been well used & seemed perfect for my needs, although was a little on the small side. I purchased this, site unseen & have found that it is a perfect replacement; it is larger, can carry 3 litres of water & I am looking forward to using it for my next weekend camping trip. Furthermore, it is extremely comfortable & feels like it was designed for my back.

My only criticism is the fact that the divider between the two halves of the pack seems to be a bit of an overkill; maybe it will come into it's own when I more completely fill the pack.

Overall, I'd give this pack 4.5 stars & at the price I paid, it was a bargain. It will last me for many years to come.



Great rucksack
Reviewed By Caroline, 18 Feb 2014

I am using this for Winter day trips into the Lakes, it's great, very happy with it, love the belt pockets handy for food. I need to buy the 3 L hydration pack, to drink on the go as well, this fits between your back and the main sack, great idea. Good size and fit crampons and back up kit/sleeping bag/spare clothes comfortably with room to spare. I really love the walking pole storage bands on the side, it is easy to shorten the poles and put them under the arm in the bands, they do not get in the way at all, easy access - great. Also had poles in bands, when I practiced arresting with ice axe on snowy slopes, did not get in the way, and stayed in place.
I chose this rucksack, because of the back support, the same as the Talon 11, but more adjustable for height, really comfortable all day long, most of the time, I don't realise I have anything on my back. Back does not get sweaty, good padding and ventilation system.



For long days out and lightweight overnighters
Reviewed By Glenn, 02 Sep 2013

As the title suggests, I purchased this bag for long day walks and for lightweight overnight camping.

I can fit everything I require into it; Mountain Equipment Lamina 35 sleeping bag, Force Ten Helium 200 tent, Multimat air mattress, Trangia mini stove and a bottle of meths, water proof jacket and trousers, a couple of packets of dehydrated food and 3 litre Camelbak bladder as well as all the other necessary bits like maps, compass, gps etc. The walking pole attachments take a bit of getting used to but function well. The bag is very hard wearing and the waterproof cover has come in useful on more than one occasion keeping everything dry. Being able to open the bottom of the rucksack is a good feature and enables you to quickly get to items in the bottom of the rucksack such as your tent if its raining meaning everything else can stay dry.

The bag does seem to have many straps but these can easily be tied up and secured.

I find the bag very comfortable to wear, sitting very nicely on my back. Airflow over my back is good and reduces sweating. It has adjustment to change the length of it but I haven't used this.

I would definitely recommend this bag to anyone looking for a decent long day bag or to someone looking to lightweight camp for a night or two.



Ideal for long days out & overnight walks.
Reviewed By Dai, 27 Feb 2013

My Lowe Alpine 45 litre daysack has finally come to the end of an honourable live, and after much searching & testing I've replaced it with the Kestrel 38 litre. I thought that I would have problems finding a bag with enough pockets & stash places to match my last bag - this bag has as many, plus a few extra. The Kestral 38 is light, fits snugly on my back (after a little adjustment), and is comfortable enough to take on day-long walks. (I haven't yet tried it on overnight walks, I'm waiting until the weather gets a bit warmer!) I particularly like the bottom access zip - most of the other bags I looked at that are this size don't have one. I would prefer a brighter colour (one that makes me more easy to be seen/found in case of problems when out on the hills), but otherwise I can't find any faults with this bag.



Kestrel Rucksack
Reviewed By Jason, 22 Nov 2012

Very comfortable, with great adjustability. The 48 litre is only 1 inch wider and 1 inch deeper than the 38, with the same back length and you can get a lot more usable space for very little bulk penalty and by moving up to the 48 you also get the benefit of the additional side zips and extra hood pocket. Can't recommend it highly enough.



Fantastic light backpack or day sack.
Reviewed By Isaac, 12 Aug 2012

The Osprey Kestrel 38 is a really well designed rucksack. It comes with all the features I found wanting in some other models - the Kestrel does not compromise.
For example, the compression system does not come down on top of the side pockets, which could limit their capacity. The stretchy mesh pockets themselves great for water bottles - I am able to whip my bottle out and replace it without having to stop and remove the bag.
The hip-belt is the most comfortable I have ever worn - it easily trumps that on my 65 litre bag, which bruises my hips. It also caters for the fact that I have high hips, despite being 6 foot tall. One slight niggle is that being very thin I have to have the belt as tight as it goes when I am wearing only a T-shirt, so for younger wearers it may not be suitable.
The hip pockets are roomy and easy to open/close. I have my waterproof trousers in one and camera in the other.
As for the attachment straps at the bottom, they comfortably hold my inflatable mat, at near full extension. This can be a great place for the mat to free up space inside the bag for your tent, if you don't want that under the hood.
I would strongly recommend this bag for lightweight backpacking and day expeditions. My other use for it has been climbing day trips. For this I can just chuck shoes, harness, waterproof, etc.., in and not need to worry about packing it tightly.
All in all, I have been hugely impressed with this bag.



Great practical sized bag.
Reviewed By Charlotte, 18 May 2012

This rucsac is ideal for anyone wanting a day sac to also use to one night wild camping trips, with the ability to fit all the stuff you need for an overnight trip (if you pack lightly).
It has two ice axes loops and the on-the-go pole stow is very useful.
It is comfortable but not too rigid and therefore good for climbing or scrambling.
The bottom compartment is ideal for a sleeping bag or emergency warm clothing and the loops on the outside of this section mean that you can fit a sleeping mat to the outside.
One of my favourite things about this bag are the pockets on the waist strap - a good place to keep things like a camera and gloves and hat so they are accessible when you need them.
Although it is an expensive bag you get what you pay for and it certainly makes life a little easier out on the mountains.



About the brand


Innovation and Quality

Mike Pfotenhauer established Osprey in 1974 with the ambition to make top quality backpacks for a wide range of outdoor activities. From cycling and climbing, to backpacking and the everyday commute, the entire range of Osprey rucksacks are specifically engineered to be adapted to the challenges they will face. With modern day classics such as the Talon, Osprey has a proud, forty year history of bringing new and innovative designs into the outdoors where they can thrive.

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