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Osprey Kestrel Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

4.47
based on 1,141 reviews


We have checked more than a thousand reviews and found 11 reasons to buy the Kestrel - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


93% of the reviewers give the Osprey Kestrel a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (78%)
Good (15%)
Average (3%)
Poor (2%)
Bad (0%)



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Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Osprey Kestrel:

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Kestrel

  • Several reviewers of the Osprey Kestrel backpack commend how quick it is to attach and carry trekking poles while wearing the pack.
  • Other reviewers lauded its integrated rain cover which may be removed and used when needed.
  • Some users liked the ventilation they received from the thermoformed back panel of the pack.
  • Several testers praise the presence of several pockets and compartments where several gears and equipment can be placed.
  • Many of those who have used the product have noted that it was easy to access the contents of the main compartment.
  • Most reviewers agree that the backpack is ideal for various activities including hiking and climbing.
  • Other reviewers mentioned that the pack could also be used in traveling since its size can be considered as a carry-on bag.
  • Reviewers thought that it was comfortable to carry on the back.
  • Users have mentioned that the bag is durable and long-lasting.
  • The backpack gives you varied size options and the reviewers could choose which one they’d need. This helped them get the exact product structured for their height and weight.
  • The backpack is comfortable to carry as long as the reviewers distribute the weight properly.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • One reviewer mentioned that the height of the backpack hinders it from compression and it didn’t fit under his flight seat.
  • Another reviewer felt that the bag may be a little narrow for the shoulders.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Osprey Kestrel models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity26-46 l (1587-2807 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.4-3.8 oz (1.1-1.7 kg)
Length iconLength24-30 in (61-76 cm)
Width12-17 in (30-43 cm)
Height13-17 in (33-43 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Hiking
Backpacking
Sport
Travel
Cycling
School



Popular Models


Osprey Kestrel 48

45% choose the Osprey Kestrel 48

45 %
Colors and combinations:

Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity46 l (2807 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.5 oz (1.6 kg)
Length iconLength28 in (71 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height16 in (41 cm)


Osprey Kestrel 38

29% choose the Osprey Kestrel 38

29 %
Colors and combinations:

Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity36 l (2197 cuin)
Weight iconWeight3.1 oz (1.4 kg)
Length iconLength28 in (71 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height16 in (41 cm)


Osprey Kestrel 32

13% choose the Osprey Kestrel 32

13 %
Colors and combinations:

Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity30 l (1831 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.4 oz (1.1 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)


Osprey Kestrel 28

8% choose the Osprey Kestrel 28

8 %
Colors and combinations:

Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity26 l (1587 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.6 oz (1.2 kg)
Length iconLength25 in (64 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)


Osprey Kestrel 58

5% choose the Osprey Kestrel 58

5 %
Colors and combinations:

Green
Grey
Red


Specs
Weight iconWeight3.8 oz (1.7 kg)
Length iconLength27 in (69 cm)
Width15 in (38 cm)
Height17 in (43 cm)




Osprey Kestrel 38 vs Kestrel 48


The two most popular Osprey Kestrel models are the Kestrel 38 and the Kestrel 48, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 74% of the people interested in the Osprey Kestrel bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Kestrel 48 which is choosen by 45% (1.6 times as many as the 29% that choose the Kestrel 38).

Kestrel 38Kestrel 48
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Kestrel 38 is typically around $30 cheaper than the Kestrel 48, but check the deals before you buy.

Kestrel 38Kestrel 48
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Kestrel 38 has a capacity of 36 l, while the Kestrel 48 has a capacity of 46 l.

Kestrel 38Kestrel 48
Biggest

For a traveller, the 10 L (610 cuin) difference equals around 1 blouse and 1 jacket.

Packing the Kestrel 38
laptop
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
pants
1
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
1
Extra in the Kestrel 48
blouse
1
jacket
1

If you are an athlete, the 10 L difference equals 1 football.

Packing the Kestrel 38
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
2
jacket
1
shoes
1
protein_bar
4
towel
1
book
1
Extra in the Kestrel 48
football
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks, 1 towel and 2 packaged meals.

Packing the Kestrel 38
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
book
1
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
2
Extra in the Kestrel 48
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
towel
1
packaged_meal
2

Check how you can pack the Kestrel here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Kestrel 38 is 0.4 kg (14.1 oz) lower than the weight of the Kestrel 48.

Kestrel 38Kestrel 48
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, both the Kestrel 38 and the Kestrel 48 has the same length (28 in). Both bags are the same width (15 in), while the height is the same (both 16 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in green, grey and red.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Osprey Kestrel features:
  • Compression straps
  • Side pockets
  • Stretch mesh
  • Hydration compatible
  • Raincover included
  • Hydration bladder
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Hip belt
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Sternum strap
  • Adjustable torso

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Waterproof

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Packing Guide


See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Osprey Kestrel models (the most popular choice is the Kestrel 48).




Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
2826 l2.6 oz0.1 oz/L
3230 l2.4 oz0.08 oz/L
3836 l3.1 oz0.09 oz/L
4846 l3.5 oz0.08 oz/L
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Osprey Kestrel
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Osprey Bags

The Osprey Kestrel ranks #14 compared with the other Osprey bags.

Top 20% Osprey bag

12Osprey Raven
4.52
Osprey Raven
13Osprey Talon
4.47
Osprey Talon
14Osprey Kestrel
4.47
Osprey Kestrel
15Osprey Aura
4.47
Osprey Aura
16Osprey Skarab
4.47
Osprey Skarab

vs All Bags

The Osprey Kestrel ranks #128 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 5% bag

126Osprey Talon
4.47
Osprey Talon
127Osprey Kestrel
4.47
Osprey Kestrel
128Osprey Aura
4.47
Osprey Aura
129Deuter Aircontact
4.47
Deuter Aircontact
130Osprey Skarab
4.47
Osprey Skarab



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Osprey Kestrel vs 14 other, similar bags.

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Osprey Kestrel vs Deuter Futura


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Deuter Futura
Deuter Futura

4.62
BEST
Based on 172 reviews

Capacity: 26-50 l
Weight: 2.35-5 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a little bit worse than the Futura.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,313 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 9% smaller than the biggest Futura (46 L vs 50 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 32% lighter than the biggest Futura (3.8 oz vs 5 oz).

FeatureKestrelFutura
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Raincover included
Reflective
Seam taped
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ultralight
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Red
Black
Blue

Only the Futura is available in these colors:
Brown




Osprey Kestrel vs Kelty Redwing


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Kelty Redwing
Kelty Redwing

4.08

Based on 2,101 reviews

Capacity: 32-50 l
Weight: 2-3.7 oz
Price: $$

  • The Kestrel is rated slightly better than the Redwing.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,242 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 9% smaller than the biggest Redwing (46 L vs 50 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 3% heavier than the biggest Redwing (3.8 oz vs 3.7 oz).

FeatureKestrelRedwing
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Laptop compartment
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Red
Black
Blue




Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Aether


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Aether
Osprey Aether

4.66
BEST
Based on 1,124 reviews

Capacity: 60-85 l
Weight: 4.4-5.3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a little bit worse than the Aether.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,265 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 85% smaller than the biggest Aether (46 L vs 85 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 39% lighter than the biggest Aether (3.8 oz vs 5.3 oz).

FeatureKestrelAether
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Lumbar pack lid
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Red
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Black

Only the Aether is available in these colors:
Orange

The Osprey Kestrel and Osprey Aether are both impressive bags. These backpacks are highly functional. The compression straps make these bags terrific selections when trekking along high and steep altitudes.

The Osprey Kestrel has a light wire frame. Though the frame is lightweight it is truly hefty. The spacer mesh harness is comfortable and helps to balance the load of cargo well. This bag will always remain comfortable during transit due to the provision of the innovative suspension system.

The Osprey Aether is ideal for a vacation. This bag is ultra stable and is supremely durable. The bag has a lot of room to take along all the items you need for a good, intense trek.


Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Atmos


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Atmos
Osprey Atmos

4.73
BEST
Based on 2,649 reviews

Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4.4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a bit worse than the Atmos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,790 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 41% smaller than the biggest Atmos (46 L vs 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 16% lighter than the biggest Atmos (3.8 oz vs 4.4 oz).

FeatureKestrelAtmos
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ventilated back panel
Waterproof
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Red
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Black




Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Aura


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Aura
Osprey Aura

4.47

Based on 921 reviews

Capacity: 50-65 l
Weight: 4-4.3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated about the same as the Aura.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,062 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 41% smaller than the biggest Aura (46 L vs 65 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 13% lighter than the biggest Aura (3.8 oz vs 4.3 oz).

FeatureKestrelAura
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Load-lifter straps
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ventilated back panel
Waterproof
Zippered top

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Red
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Black




Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Exos


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Exos
Osprey Exos

4.57
BEST
Based on 1,302 reviews

Capacity: 38-58 l
Weight: 2.3-2.6 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a little bit worse than the Exos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,443 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 26% smaller than the biggest Exos (46 L vs 58 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 46% heavier than the biggest Exos (3.8 oz vs 2.6 oz).

FeatureKestrelExos
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Seam taped
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sleeping pad attatchment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ultralight
Ventilated back panel
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Black
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Grey
Red




Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Farpoint


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Farpoint
Osprey Farpoint

4.56
BEST
Based on 2,251 reviews

Capacity: 38-76 l
Weight: 3-4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a little bit worse than the Farpoint.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 3,392 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 65% smaller than the biggest Farpoint (46 L vs 76 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 5% lighter than the biggest Farpoint (3.8 oz vs 4 oz).

FeatureKestrelFarpoint
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Removable daypack
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Red
Black
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Green




Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Kyte


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Kyte
Osprey Kyte

4.36

Based on 331 reviews

Capacity: 34-44 l
Weight: 1.6-3.9 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a little bit better than the Kyte.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,472 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 5% bigger than the biggest Kyte (46 L vs 44 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 3% lighter than the biggest Kyte (3.8 oz vs 3.9 oz).

FeatureKestrelKyte
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Black
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Red

Only the Kyte is available in these colors:
Purple




Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Manta


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Manta
Osprey Manta

4.39

Based on 460 reviews

Capacity: 20-34 l
Weight: 2.3-2.5 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a little bit better than the Manta.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,601 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 35% bigger than the biggest Manta (46 L vs 34 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 52% heavier than the biggest Manta (3.8 oz vs 2.5 oz).

FeatureKestrelManta
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Black
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Red




Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Mutant


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Mutant
Osprey Mutant

4.71
BEST
Based on 62 reviews

Capacity: 26-35 l
Weight: 2.1-2.65 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a little bit worse than the Mutant.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,203 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 31% bigger than the biggest Mutant (46 L vs 35 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 43% heavier than the biggest Mutant (3.8 oz vs 2.65 oz).

FeatureKestrelMutant
Abrasion resistant
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Side pockets
Ski carry
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Black
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Red




Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Stratos


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Stratos
Osprey Stratos

4.36

Based on 1,397 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 2.6-3.55 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a little bit better than the Stratos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,538 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 7% heavier than the biggest Stratos (3.8 oz vs 3.55 oz).

FeatureKestrelStratos
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Load-lifter straps
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Red
Black
Blue

Only the Stratos is available in these colors:
Orange

It cannot be denied that both the Osprey Kestrel and Osprey Stratos are good looking bags. And many like the fact that they both prove to be superiorly rugged.

The Osprey Kestrel will not let you down. It balances well on your body. It is lightweight. And you will be pleased with how much room it allows for your stuff.

The Osprey Stratos is truly stylish in its own rite. The inside pockets allow for extra storage, such as extra money or extra water. This bag is streamlined well to make getting around easy for you.


Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Talon


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47

Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Talon
Osprey Talon

4.47

Based on 1,723 reviews

Capacity: 6-44 l
Weight: 0.7-2.4 oz
Price: $$

  • The Kestrel is rated about the same as the Talon.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 2,864 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 5% bigger than the biggest Talon (46 L vs 44 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 58% heavier than the biggest Talon (3.8 oz vs 2.4 oz).

FeatureKestrelTalon
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Raincover included
Reflective
Shoulder strap pockets
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Red
Black
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Grey

Only the Talon is available in these colors:
Orange

When you are in need of a great backpack, you really do have a terrific choice in both the Osprey Kestrel and the Osprey Talon. They are made by the reputable Osprey company, so the name guarantees you are getting the real quality you crave and need.

The Osprey Kestrel is designed with ultra strength in mind to be able to handle your rugged journey. It is not bulky to make your treks much easier, as you want to be as agile as possible when hiking. It has good storage, so that you can pack clothes, water and even a camera or other items.

The Osprey Talon provides you with the kind of strength you require in a backpack. This backpack is ideal for hefty stuff. You will be pleased with how much room this bag provides. This bag will last for a long time.


Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Variant


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Variant
Osprey Variant

4.08

Based on 110 reviews

Capacity: 34-49 l
Weight: 3.25-3.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The Kestrel is rated slightly better than the Variant.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,251 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 7% smaller than the biggest Variant (46 L vs 49 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 6% heavier than the biggest Variant (3.8 oz vs 3.6 oz).

FeatureKestrelVariant
Abrasion resistant
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Lumbar pack lid
Raincover included
Side pockets
Ski carry
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Red
Black

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Grey
Green
Blue




Osprey Kestrel vs Osprey Volt


Osprey Kestrel
Osprey Kestrel

4.47
BEST
Based on 1,141 reviews
Capacity: 26-46 l
Weight: 2.4-3.8 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Volt
Osprey Volt

4.25

Based on 151 reviews

Capacity: 60-75 l
Weight: 3.4-4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Kestrel is rated a little bit better than the Volt.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,292 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Kestrel is 63% smaller than the biggest Volt (46 L vs 75 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Kestrel is 5% lighter than the biggest Volt (3.8 oz vs 4 oz).

FeatureKestrelVolt
Adjustable torso
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Raincover included
Side pockets
Sleeping bag compartment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Green
Red
Black
Blue

Only the Kestrel is available in these colors:
Grey







Selected Reviews


Goats on the Road

I would recommend this backpack to anyone. Even though the Kestrel series is technically a men’s backpack, it worked for me.

Posted 15 January 2014 by Goats On The Road - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

It is a great lightweight pack that can carry heavy loads. The construction is solid and the pack is highly durable.

Posted 15 May 2008 by Andrew Buskov - Read full review

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