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  • 3.5mm LightWire peripheral frame effectively transfers load weight from the shoulders to the hipbelt
  • Atilon framesheet spreads the load across the entire back panel to the peripheral frame
  • Wide-opening panel access to the main compartment
  • Tuckaway ice tool loop and bungee tie-offs; dual front-panel daisy chains; Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
  • Integrated raincover
  • Upper and lower reverse StraightJacket side compression straps
  • Torso-adjustable harness
  • Dual stretch-mesh side pockets; zippered hipbelt pockets; front panel stretch-mesh pocket
  • External hydration sleeve (reservoir sold separately)

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Specs

Best Use Backpacking
Frame Type Internal Frame
Gear Capacity (L)
M/L
32 liters
S/M
30 liters
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
M/L
1,953 cubic inches
S/M
1,831 cubic inches
Weight
M/L
2 lbs. 14.6 oz.
S/M
2 lbs. 13.1 oz.
Weight - Metric
M/L
1320 grams
S/M
1280 grams
Adjustable Torso Yes
Fits Torso
M/L
19 - 23 inches
S/M
16 - 20 inches
Fits Waist/Hips
M/L
29 - 55 inches
S/M
27 - 53 inches
Material(s) 210-denier ripstop nylon
Frame Material Steel alloy
Number of Stays 1 peripheral hoop
Hydration Compatible Yes
Suspended Mesh Back Panel Yes
Pack Access Top/front
Number of Exterior Pockets 4+ main compartment
Raincover Included Yes
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the pack Love the pack! If anything it is a bit too big for what I usually carry but I like having a sturdy hip belt and the smaller packs just don't offer that feature. When my shoulders get sore - especially on the way out after a hiking 15-25 miles in the Adirondacks it feels good to just release the shoulder straps and letting the entire pack rest on my hips for a little while. Also, while it is a little large, the top and bottom compression straps keep the load snug and in place. I tried on more than two dozen packs and this one just felt right.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would Buy it again and Recommend it! I have to let you know I am happy with the pack! I have used it a few time and I'm telling you it comfortable. I am a very broad shouldered person with a longer torso, most pack day pack do not conform to. I have spent this winter looking for a day pack and I could not find one to fit properly and comfortably. Researching I came across the Kestel 32 and a few folks with similar problems highly recommend it. BUT be warned of the same problems they stated and I am passing on, the STRAPS they are not long enough! You cannot wear anything more that a NANO style or FLEECE jacket! I wish all day-pack would adapt the adjustable torso system and have longer straps. Only reason I can't give it 5 star is for the only two things I find missing with this pack.1 and Very VERY important to me is the Straps they are to short!!!!! 2nd extra front pocket for smalls item and storage. Besides those two issues I have, this is a great pack!
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well made but needs bigger hip pockets Pros: Lightweight, well made, easy hydration pack installation and usage, great placement on the rain bag, great lashings for hiking poles in the front. Great balancing on the body and ventilation. You forget it is there. Cons: The hip belt pockets need to be longer. You may be able to fit something small, compass, tissues, ect. However they are placed very far back on the belt so it is not handy access. The belt needs to be able to extend a bit longer. Needs more pockets and places to stash stuff.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet little pack I have the old model which I bought from REI a couple years ago. I use it with a 2 L hydration bladder, my synthetic down vest, rain jacket/pants, fleece hat, gloves, food, map, compass, flashlight, sunblock, cell phone, first aid kit, tp/trowel, knife and keys. ... And it's weightless. I'm hard to fit, several old injuries to contend with, but for day hikes, this one hits the sweet spot. I agree that the hipbelt pockets could use some work, but I found a perfect size zip pouch from Osprey that I can clip to the shoulder straps for extra storage and easy access, I use it for my phone, sunscreen, extra Buff and reading glasses. I wouldn't recommend overloading this pack, but if you stay within its weight limit, you'll find that it's a really comfy little pack that can easily handle a full day hike.
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pack really fills the bill After years and years of another pack it was time for a new one. I searched to find one that was comfortable and fit me. Broad shoulders, long torso. Found the Kestrel with adjustable torso length!!! I never thought I would change my loyalties but I did!!! Love love love this pack. I wanted a panel loader, this is it. After I used this pack for 1 season, both of my daughters wanted an Osprey. They both have an Osprey now. I use the walking stick holder all the time, use the water bottle holders, use the pockets on the belt for essentials. when I day hike with friends they are all amazed at what I pull out of the Kestrel. I carry a backpack stove, trail model fishing pole, seat cushion, and snacks!! Love the raincover,I keep my raincoat in the same pocket. I cannot stress enough how I was loyal to another brand of pack, they do not make what I need anymore, so glad Osprey has such a HUGE selection. I now recommend Osprey to anyone that will listen. I also have a Talon 6 just used it today for a short hike with camera equipment and drinks.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet pack! I got the older version from a few years back. First, I'm hard to fit, and this pack is ridiculously adjustable from every angle. I love the front panel loading, I love not having an extra access zipper on the bottom, this works way better. Straps and belt: don't be fooled, they're not super padded, but they are beautifully form fitting, no rub spots, no bouncing around. Pockets: one on each hip fin, one on each side, one big stretchy one on the front, one in the lid. I use them for smaller items and stuff I need access to quickly. I really love the hydration system: the sleeve for the bladder is outside of the pack between the back panel and the pack itself, which means it stays out of the way of everything else and if you don't use a bladder, you have an extra pocket. it also comes with an integrated rain cover which works exactly as intended. This pack (S/M, my spine measures at 17") holds my Crazy Creek chair (that was a surprise, I expected to have to hold it in one of the side pockets and compression straps on the outside), rain layers, extra fleece, Buff, hat, gloves, socks, first aid kit, trowel and tp, extra mini Sawyer squeeze and collapsible bottle, cell phone, map, compass, knife, flashlight, food for the day and extra snacks, and a 2L bladder. My only complaint is there needs a better way to hold a large smartphone. I did find a nifty cool pouch Osprey makes which clips onto the shoulder harness. Works beautifully but many stores don't even carry those.
Date published: 2017-03-18
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Does it work well enough as a carry-on for air travel? That wouldn't be my primary use but it could come in handy.

Asked by: Matt
This pack measures 24 x 12 x 13 inches. Most airlines require a piece of carry-on luggage to be no bigger than 45 linear inches (L + W + H) to meet carry-on size restrictions. This can vary so please check with your airline ahead of time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-19

does this pack have an adjustable torso?  there seems to be a discrepancy between rei and osprey's website

Asked by: kallie
Yes, the Kestrel 32 Pack has an adjustable suspension.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

I'm 6'1" with a long torso. I've been having a hard time finding a day pack for 10-15 mile hikes that fits properly. The two overnight packs I have never gave me problems. Would the m/l work for me? I'm also about 145-150 lbs.

Asked by: KiminAK
The most important measurements to take into consideration when sizing a backpack are the torso length and waist size. REI puts these measurements in the specs tab on backpacks we sell. The link below is a great article on how to find your torso and hip size for a backpack. http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacks-torso-hip-size.html
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-11

I need to carry my rope and rack, harness, shoes, food and water for a long climbing day. That's 40-50 lbs. can it handle the weight? I have the atmos and I love it.

Asked by: jefe
​The recommend load range on this pack is 15 – 30 lbs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-30

what are the dimension of this pack?

Asked by: acpo530
The Kestrel 32 Pack measures 24 (H) x 12 (W) x 13 (D) inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-30
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the pack Love the pack! If anything it is a bit too big for what I usually carry but I like having a sturdy hip belt and the smaller packs just don't offer that feature. When my shoulders get sore - especially on the way out after a hiking 15-25 miles in the Adirondacks it feels good to just release the shoulder straps and letting the entire pack rest on my hips for a little while. Also, while it is a little large, the top and bottom compression straps keep the load snug and in place. I tried on more than two dozen packs and this one just felt right.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would Buy it again and Recommend it! I have to let you know I am happy with the pack! I have used it a few time and I'm telling you it comfortable. I am a very broad shouldered person with a longer torso, most pack day pack do not conform to. I have spent this winter looking for a day pack and I could not find one to fit properly and comfortably. Researching I came across the Kestel 32 and a few folks with similar problems highly recommend it. BUT be warned of the same problems they stated and I am passing on, the STRAPS they are not long enough! You cannot wear anything more that a NANO style or FLEECE jacket! I wish all day-pack would adapt the adjustable torso system and have longer straps. Only reason I can't give it 5 star is for the only two things I find missing with this pack.1 and Very VERY important to me is the Straps they are to short!!!!! 2nd extra front pocket for smalls item and storage. Besides those two issues I have, this is a great pack!
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well made but needs bigger hip pockets Pros: Lightweight, well made, easy hydration pack installation and usage, great placement on the rain bag, great lashings for hiking poles in the front. Great balancing on the body and ventilation. You forget it is there. Cons: The hip belt pockets need to be longer. You may be able to fit something small, compass, tissues, ect. However they are placed very far back on the belt so it is not handy access. The belt needs to be able to extend a bit longer. Needs more pockets and places to stash stuff.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet little pack I have the old model which I bought from REI a couple years ago. I use it with a 2 L hydration bladder, my synthetic down vest, rain jacket/pants, fleece hat, gloves, food, map, compass, flashlight, sunblock, cell phone, first aid kit, tp/trowel, knife and keys. ... And it's weightless. I'm hard to fit, several old injuries to contend with, but for day hikes, this one hits the sweet spot. I agree that the hipbelt pockets could use some work, but I found a perfect size zip pouch from Osprey that I can clip to the shoulder straps for extra storage and easy access, I use it for my phone, sunscreen, extra Buff and reading glasses. I wouldn't recommend overloading this pack, but if you stay within its weight limit, you'll find that it's a really comfy little pack that can easily handle a full day hike.
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pack really fills the bill After years and years of another pack it was time for a new one. I searched to find one that was comfortable and fit me. Broad shoulders, long torso. Found the Kestrel with adjustable torso length!!! I never thought I would change my loyalties but I did!!! Love love love this pack. I wanted a panel loader, this is it. After I used this pack for 1 season, both of my daughters wanted an Osprey. They both have an Osprey now. I use the walking stick holder all the time, use the water bottle holders, use the pockets on the belt for essentials. when I day hike with friends they are all amazed at what I pull out of the Kestrel. I carry a backpack stove, trail model fishing pole, seat cushion, and snacks!! Love the raincover,I keep my raincoat in the same pocket. I cannot stress enough how I was loyal to another brand of pack, they do not make what I need anymore, so glad Osprey has such a HUGE selection. I now recommend Osprey to anyone that will listen. I also have a Talon 6 just used it today for a short hike with camera equipment and drinks.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet pack! I got the older version from a few years back. First, I'm hard to fit, and this pack is ridiculously adjustable from every angle. I love the front panel loading, I love not having an extra access zipper on the bottom, this works way better. Straps and belt: don't be fooled, they're not super padded, but they are beautifully form fitting, no rub spots, no bouncing around. Pockets: one on each hip fin, one on each side, one big stretchy one on the front, one in the lid. I use them for smaller items and stuff I need access to quickly. I really love the hydration system: the sleeve for the bladder is outside of the pack between the back panel and the pack itself, which means it stays out of the way of everything else and if you don't use a bladder, you have an extra pocket. it also comes with an integrated rain cover which works exactly as intended. This pack (S/M, my spine measures at 17") holds my Crazy Creek chair (that was a surprise, I expected to have to hold it in one of the side pockets and compression straps on the outside), rain layers, extra fleece, Buff, hat, gloves, socks, first aid kit, trowel and tp, extra mini Sawyer squeeze and collapsible bottle, cell phone, map, compass, knife, flashlight, food for the day and extra snacks, and a 2L bladder. My only complaint is there needs a better way to hold a large smartphone. I did find a nifty cool pouch Osprey makes which clips onto the shoulder harness. Works beautifully but many stores don't even carry those.
Date published: 2017-03-18
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Questions & Answers

Does it work well enough as a carry-on for air travel? That wouldn't be my primary use but it could come in handy.

Asked by: Matt
This pack measures 24 x 12 x 13 inches. Most airlines require a piece of carry-on luggage to be no bigger than 45 linear inches (L + W + H) to meet carry-on size restrictions. This can vary so please check with your airline ahead of time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-19

does this pack have an adjustable torso?  there seems to be a discrepancy between rei and osprey's website

Asked by: kallie
Yes, the Kestrel 32 Pack has an adjustable suspension.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

I'm 6'1" with a long torso. I've been having a hard time finding a day pack for 10-15 mile hikes that fits properly. The two overnight packs I have never gave me problems. Would the m/l work for me? I'm also about 145-150 lbs.

Asked by: KiminAK
The most important measurements to take into consideration when sizing a backpack are the torso length and waist size. REI puts these measurements in the specs tab on backpacks we sell. The link below is a great article on how to find your torso and hip size for a backpack. http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacks-torso-hip-size.html
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-11

I need to carry my rope and rack, harness, shoes, food and water for a long climbing day. That's 40-50 lbs. can it handle the weight? I have the atmos and I love it.

Asked by: jefe
​The recommend load range on this pack is 15 – 30 lbs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-30

what are the dimension of this pack?

Asked by: acpo530
The Kestrel 32 Pack measures 24 (H) x 12 (W) x 13 (D) inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-30
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