Osprey Kestrel 38

This Kestrel rucksack is a long pack with a unique back system – a large pad of ridged foam with a central channel. It fits well and feels cool and comfortable. Very comfy hip fins, too. It’s a little large for average winter/weekend use and rather over-engineered for the purpose, too. But it’s well-featured and we liked the unique hydration system pocket that holds the water reservoir outside of the pack.


Capacity: 38 litres
Main compartment: Lid/drawcord
Back system: AirScape (channelled)
Other features: EVA foam torso adjustable harness, waist belt, pole/ice-axe holders, stretch front and side pockets, hydration system-compatible
Colours: Paprika, lichen, twilight (dark blue)
Contact: 01202 572775; www.ospreypacks.com

Verdict: One of the bigger packs on the market and therefore best-suited to longer trips or those who carry a fair bit. Definitely built to last, with a wonderful back system.