This is a pleasure to wear. I say ‘wear’ rather than just carry, because the fit is unrivalled. It represents the right balance of comfort, flexible storage and walker-friendly features for demanding days. It’s available in two back lengths, with a generously padded, body-hugging hip belt and shoulder straps, easily adjusted on the go, while the AirScape back system keeps your back well ventilated. And it’s full of clever ideas. For example, its bladder storage bay is in the back-system, not the main compartment; this disperses the weight evenly and maximises storage space in the main bag. There are two pockets in the lid, handy hip pockets and stretchy mesh panels, plus a raincover stowed in the bottom. With a fixed lid and compression straps, the Kestrel feels stable, even with awkward loads.
Target Price £100
Extra pockets: 4 (lid x2, belt x2)
Back system: AirScape (mesh airflow)
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Versatile design and ingenious details make this an impeccable daypack.
Review from Country Walking magazine