Osprey Kestrel 32

Priced: $111.19 - $150.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 9 reviews.
Osprey Kestrel 32
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With a knack for compatibility, the Kestrel 32 backpack gives you the space and comfort you need to undertake the day's adventures and its endeavors. Designed with a particular ergonomic emphasis, the Kestrel 32 backpack keeps the stresses at bay with Airscape backpanel ridged foam complete with adjustable torso and hipbelt straps. More so, the Kestrel 32 allows for trekking pole stowage, external hydration storage, and Reverse Straightjacket compression as well. Ready for an adventure yet? The Kestrel 32 backpack from Osprey sure is!

Support and Cushioning:

  • AirScape back panel provides support, circulates air, and features a LiteWire frame instead of heavy, rigid aluminum stays


  • Side compression straps let you cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying


  • Hipbelt features 2 zippered pockets for stashing a digital camera and snacks
  • Mesh-covered, die-cut EVA hipbelt saves weight and enhances breathability
  • AirScape backpanel 12 Zippered hipbelt pockets


  • LightWire peripheral alloy frame with ridge molded foam AirScape backpanel
  • Peripheral-hoop alloy frame and HDPE framesheet provide a flexible and light structure
  • LightWireTM frame

Weather and Wind:

  • Integrated rain cover helps you cover your gear in the event of a storm


  • Top mesh zip pocket


  • Plenty of pockets give you easy access to small essentials


  • Pack fits a wide variety of backs thanks to rip-and-stick, torso-length adjustability: just rip it, adjust it and stick it


  • Made with 420D nylon packcloth, 210 double diamond nylon
  • Durable nylon construction resists abrasion
  • Mesh covered diecut slotted EVA foam hipbelt with zippered fabric pockets
  • Front and side stretch-woven pockets are ideal for stashing a jacket and other often-used gear


  • External hydration sleeve in back panel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills
  • Hydration-compatible design features reservoir sleeve and drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately)


  • Reverse StraightJacket compression straps let you reduce pack volume if you're carrying a smaller load
  • Poles tuck away between your arm and pack; adjustable shockcord on left-hand shoulder strap and a side loop hold poles in tightly


  • Upper and lower side compression/retention straps featuring reverse StraightJacket design


  • Panel loading
  • Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment system allows storage of trekking poles without removing the pack
  • 2 ice axe loops with bungee tool tie-offs let you lash extra gear outside
  • Trekking pole attachment lets you stow and remove poles (not included) while wearing pack
  • Back panel features ridge-molded foam with channels covered in mesh to allow airflow
  • Ice axe loops and Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment points let you attach extra gear externally
  • The Osprey Kestrel 32 pack features an integrated raincover that pulls out in a flash to protect contents from sudden downpours
  • Dual tool loops with three position bunge tie-offs for secure tool carry
FEATURES of the Osprey Kestrel 32 Pack.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Kestrel 32 Pack.

Day Adventures, Climbing & Cragging. Panel loading design allows quick access to gear in the Kestrel 32. Ideal for everything from a day at the crags to climbing your favorite peak, this pack will soon become a close companion. A comfortable AirScape backpanel and adjustable harness ensure a great fit.

• Unique Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole attachment.
• Stretch lycra mesh front and side pockets.
• Hydration compatible.
• Front daisies with bungee tie offs.
• S/M:
1831 cu. in.
30 liters.
2lbs 10oz / 1.2kg.
• M/L:
1953 cu. in.
32 liters.
2lbs 12oz / 1.57kg.
• Dimensions: In: 22 x 12 x 12 / Cm: 57 x 30 x 30

The Kestrel 32 Daypack's panel-loading design allows quick access to all your gear, and Osprey beefed it up with features you'd usually find only on larger overnight bags. A front stretch-Lycra pocket provides a quick place to stash your shell, and two hip pockets keep your camera, compass, and snacks readily available.


The Osprey Kestrel 32 Liter Pack is light, sleek and highly functional. Featuring a panel loading design allowing quick access to your gear on day adventures or while climbing your favorite peak. A comfortable AirScape backpanel and adjustable harness ensure a great fit.


The Osprey Kestrel 32 pack sports a svelte design with lightweight materials and all the features you need for done-in-a-day climbing, cragging and other outdoor adventures.


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Adjustable torso:32 liters
Capacity:(s/m) 30L, (m/l) 32L
Dimension:(H x W x D)
Dimensions:57 x 30 x 30 inches
Features:Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole attatchment
Fits torso:1,831 cubic inches
Fits waist/hips:1,953 cubic inches
Frame material:2 lbs. 12 oz.
Frame type:Hiking
Gear capacity (L):Internal
Gear capacity (cu. in.):No
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Key Fabrics:420D nylon packcloth; 210 double diamond nylon
Load Range:30-40 lbs
Material:2 lbs. 10 oz.
Number of exterior pockets:<19 inches
Number of stays:1.2
Optimal Load Range:15-30 lb
Pack Capacity:30 L
Pack access:Yes
Pack loading:Yes
Raincover included:27 - 32 inches
Sleeping bag compartment:19+ inches
Suspended mesh back panel:1.24
Suspension:AirScape Suspension
Volume:1953 cubic inches / 32 liter
Weight:(s/m) 2lb 10oz, (m/l) 2lb 12oz
Weight - metric:30 liters
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Osprey Kestrel 32 Reviews:


Got me around the world and back!

After lots of research, I chose this bag for a six month mini-sabbatical traveling through Asia. I needed a pack that fit very specific requirements:
-small enough to use as s carry-on on most airlines and to keep with me on long bus rides
- big enough to hold all my stuff for six months (admittedly, I'm a light packer, but I did want as much wiggle room as possible while still within carry-on size)
- Fit my back and hips comfortably (I'm a woman) enough to haul around a city for the day, and while trekking the Annapurna Circuit in January
- Panel loading so I don't have to unpack and repack constantly

This pack fit my unreasonable list of demands perfectly! Equally comfortable and convenient for backpacking through cities and the backcountry. It has the most comfortable suspension I've ever experienced. I know this is a very personal thing, so if it helps, I'm a shorter woman with s longer torso than most, and while my small/medium size was a bit short for my 6'3" fiance, he still found it extremely comfortable and supportive. The hipbelt looks and feels unstructured and even flimsyto the touch, but magically conforms to the hip, making it unbelievably supportive without the weight and the soreness on Day 2.

I was so happy to have this pack on the Annapurna! With no porter, it was just the right size, and I really appreciated the awesome trekking pole quick-stash loops and the hydration system (except when my tube froze solid at 17,000 feet). And while not on the trek, it gave me a lot of peace of mind to never be separated from my stuff on buses, trains, and planes. I can't recommend this pack enough. It's still in excellent condition, even after really being put through its paces for six months of travel, and is sitting in my storage closet awaiting our next adventure.
SandYo at REI on 02/02/2012

Awesome and versatile day pack!

My first real experience with the Kestrel 32 was a 3 day trip to Las Vegas. I know that doesn't sound like much of a test for hiking gear, but it was a very good opportunity to test it out.

The Kestrel 32 is perfect as a carry-on backpack for air travel. And I was able to pack it with 3 days worth of clothes, toiletries, and personal items. The waist, sternum, and compression straps were very helpful in carrying a full load in long lines at the airport. And the adjustable, padded shoulder straps were very soft and comfortable.

The panel loading is also useful as you can get to many items in your backpack without having to take everything out. Unlike top loading backpacks.

It also rained on that trip, but not enough to open up the built in rain cover. But the backpack itself did a great job of repelling water from a drizzle to a light rain.

It also held up very well with being thrown through x-ray machines and tossed in the trunk of taxi cabs.

I've also taken it on several day hikes since then, and the Kestrel 32 is just as useful and comfortable on day hikes through the mountains, as it is on the Las Vegas strip.

NOTE: The Kestrel 32 comes in two sizes, S/M and M/L. The S/M only holds up to 30 liters instead of the full 32 liters. Just an fyi if you like as much storage as possible.
veraikon at REI on 02/02/2013

Is there such a thing as anti-gravity?

I had an old daypack that I thought was comfortable, but I might as well believe in anti-gravity after extensively using the Kestrel 32 for a month. I prefer using large hiking daypacks for my everyday activities because they can carry large loads comfortably, and other types of packs are simply too small or not comfortable enough. I take my daypacks on long hikes, but I also use them to commute on my bike daily. On any given day it'll haul my laptop, groceries, or gym clothes, in rain or shine. I just can't believe how comfortable it is and how gear and supplies simply disappear into the pack. It has nice attachment points that I happen to use for my rear bike light and my bike pump. I know it's meant as a outdoor pack, which it also performs beautifully, but it's also delivers as my daily workhorse.

I do have a few things I wish was different about the Kestrel. One, for 32 liters it seems al littler smaller than I expected and wanted, and I know there are larger Kestrel models but I prefer panel loading above all. The hipbelt is almost too big for me, and I own the small/medium size, so this pack might not be so good if you have a slim figure like me. Finally, I wish there was at least one more pocket to better organize the daily accessories better. These complaints are relatively small compared to comfort and versatility of this pack.
AlexL at REI on 11/11/2012

Demoed this pack on several trails in SW Utah--lovely slot canyons and desert hikes. This pack carries well--but it only gets four stars because the adjustability range isn't quite small enough for my torso (which I guess you could make the argument that I should get the 4 stars and not the pack, but whatever). Though the shoulder harness can move up and down, giving you a bit of adjustability within the S/M and M/L, the S/M did not go down quite small enough for me. Also, the waist almost didn't cinch down small enough either.
Aside for it being a little long and therefore rubbing my sacrum and my shoulders a little too much, it fit a great deal of stuff comfortably and in a well-organized manor, was bomb-proof rubbing against rock in the slot canyons, and has external slot for hydration (so no slipping a hose though an annoying tiny slot in the pack and no struggle to load a full reservoir into the inside of a full pack).
There are many other delightful things about this pack (large hipbelt pockets and included rain fly that I almost had to use while hiking in the desert) but those listed above are the top three for me.
But again, this may not be the greatest if you are of petite stature as it didn't work well for my 15" torso, 26" waisted self.

Kate Williamson at Backcountry.com on 10/04/2012

I recently got the 2012 version of the Kestrel 32 and am very impressed. I've only used it on a short hike so far but it carries very well; better than the 2009 version for me.
While the older version of the pack didn't seem fragile at all, this one feels even sturdier. Very good build quality. The hip belt pockets can be open closed with one hand.
There's plenty of room for gear for a full dayhike and will fit as carry-on if using it for traveling. I'm very happy I picked this up. Backcountry's delivery to Canada was very fast (less than a week).

abradshaw100068654 at Backcountry.com on 03/10/2012

This pack is a good balance of fit, durability and weight. I am 6'2" 190lbs and the large fits very well. It is long and fits close to the body , so center of gravity is not off balance like with my older pack. Great combination of pockets and main access is easy with the wide zippered opening. Room enough for lots of gear, food and clothing, but compresses well with a partial load. I'm a big fan of Osprey and this pack hits the mark for a versatile do-everything day pack.

dfm4083816 at Backcountry.com on 07/25/2012

I was worried about that if the 32L pack is too small for a weekend hiking. But the practice proved I was wrong, it carries well without sacrificing comfort, and it's compact pack with well design: long slim pack body for stuffs stack; wide zippered opening for fast accessing of interior stuffs;hip belt pockets for small gears, and top pocket for digital devices; most of the zippers and adjust belt can be accessed with one hand . Now I'm a big fan of the Osprey.

Jamie at Backcountry.com on 03/12/2013

Super daypack with many features

I cannot add much to SandYo's review above--she hit the nail on the head. I've had this pack for over a year and have taken it on many day hikes in all seasons. From Mount Ranier N.P. in February to the North Cascades in August, this pack does it all. Durable, too. The adjustability is wonderful in that you can tailor it to your specific torso size. The included rain cover is a top-quality item, not a mere add-on.
Hiking with dog at REI on 07/07/2012

So comfortable! Forgot I was even wearing a pack. Lots of places to adjust and I found myself changing how I would carry it throughout the day. Got SO many compliments on it and felt fine carrying it through the brush and through a museum.

Shelby Treichler at Backcountry.com on 10/24/2012