The Osprey Kestrel 28 unisex rucksack has an adjustable back length and a cool but stable back system; it’s hard to fault its comfort or fit. The Osprey Kestrel 28 shoulder straps are seriously contoured and well padded. Superbly featured, too. It has an excellent quick storage facility for walking poles – there's a holster on one shoulder strap that you can store your poles in without having to take the pack off. An external hydration pocket is another good feature – great for access and you don’t run the risk of accidental leaks inside the pack. The hip belt pockets are useful for small items, the rain cover works well and the compression straps keep it all stable when required.
Capacity: 28 litres
Main compartment: Lid/drawcord
Back system: AirScape (channelled)
Other features: ‘Stow-on-the-go’ pole holder, multi-pockets, rain cover
Colours: Twilight, paprika, lichen
Contact: 01202 572775, www.ospreypacks.com
Verdict The most expensive, but cleverly designed and superbly built with some great features that most walkers will find useful at some stage. Price is high for a daypack, but this one really is worth every penny.
Reviewed by Country Walking 2008.