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Osprey Kestrel 28 Pack review
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Day hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park can take you through all types of weather since it can change quickly. If you are far from your base camp or car, you may be stuck in a downpour that can leave you down on your luck.

The top-loading Osprey Packs Kestrel 28 backpack has all the bells and whistles that may be needed for longer day hikes and short overnight excursions whether in the Rocky Mountains or elsewhere. The Kestrel 28 is made from heavy duty nylon. Nylon is a tough and durable material and that is why seatbelts and most backpacks are made from it.

The adjustable harness consists of EVA foam and the back panel is constructed with molded foam. Osprey's AirScape back panel increases air flow and reduces moisture on a hiker's back.

The exterior of the Kestrel 28 features a roomy mesh pocket, 2 mesh side pockets, and 2 zip pockets on the hip belt. A dedicated pocket houses a rain cover for the Kestrel 28. The pack's harness can be adjusted to customize the fit of the pack.

The sternum strap and hip belt also adjust to further cinch in the right fit. Two loops and bungees are on the Kestrel 28 for an ice ax or other tools. A dedicated Velcro sealed pocket is designed for a hydration reservoir. Osprey's Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole attachment frees up a hiker's hands quickly.

Osprey_logoThe interior of the Kestrel 28 has space for overnight trips. A medium/large size pack has 1700 cubic inches of storage, and Osprey recommends the Kestrel 28 for loads to around 30 pounds.

The Osprey Packs Kestrel 28 has the versatility to be used for short overnight backpacking trips but is better suited for a long day hikes. The pack comes in 2 sizes – small/medium and medium/large. The Kestrel 28 is available in 3 colors - paprika, twilight, lichen. The Kestrel 28 has an MSRP of $119 and carries Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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