Osprey Kestrel 48/Kyte 46 HOW­EVER

Trail (UK) - - RUCKSACKS -

£140 Ca­pac­ity 48 litres/46 litres Back sizes adjustable S/M and M/L (men's Kestrel); adjustable WS/WM (women's Kyte) 1658g

Like many Osprey packs the back sys­tem lifts the Kestrel above oth­ers. Its stiff­ened Airscape back panel pro­vides sup­port for heav­ier loads and eas­ier pack­ing, the mesh tram­po­line cov­er­ing over the padded zones al­lows more airflow, and there's a sup­port­ive hip­belt for heav­ier loads. There are back length op­tions and you can raise the shoul­der straps The durable ny­lon body has a fixed lid with huge in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal pock­ets and you get top and base en­try along with front en­try to the main com­part­ment. There’s a mas­sive zipped side pocket, front stretch pocket and the usual com­pres­sion straps and stretch side pock­ets.

This pack tips the scales at 1658g, which is rel­a­tively heavy, although that weight does in­clude a 118g rain­cover and tough ny­lon ma­te­ri­als. But if packs with less features fit your needs, then you can save weight and cash. Some packs al­low even more airflow than of­fered here, too, so for re­ally warm con­di­tions other packs may be bet­ter. The large side zipped pocket ex­tends down the whole length of the pack so smaller items tend to get lost at the bot­tom, which may an­noy. The price tag is steeper than some other packs so this is re­ally about mak­ing sure you want, or need, the extra ben­e­fits you are pay­ing for.

A su­perb pack for overnight­ing and day trips, but the weight and price tag are draw­backs and other de­signs do al­low even more airflow across the back.

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