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Osprey Mens Kestrel 48 Picholine Green

Osprey Mens Kestrel 48 Picholine Green

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The Kestrel 48 is a versatile utility pack capable of multi day treks, travelling or for those days when you just need to take a bit more stuff. Light enough for fast days out and ascents yet tough enough to handle heavier loads in comfort.


Season : 2019S

Code : 5-004-0

Weight : 0KG

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What is the Kestrel 48?

The Osprey Kestrel is just one of those packs that gets on with the job with minimal fuss and maximum performance. This really is a workhorse of a pack that can cope with long days out, multi-day trips and lightweight world travel; the 48 litre size allows enough room for all your essentials without encouraging you to overload your pack. 

What is it made of?

The majority of the pack is made from a super tough 210D nylon with a water resistant coating. Nylon quickly overtook canvas in the world of technical rucksacks due to its incredible strength to weight ratio, making it perfect for the Kestrel range. For areas prone to abuse, Osprey feature an almost bombproof 630D nylon, reassuring you that your pack is designed to last a lifetime. 

What are the features?

Storage options won’t be a problem with the Kestrel 48, you get two massive zipped side pockets, two stretch mesh side pockets, hip belt pockets, a front stretch stash pocket, top pocket and internal mesh security pocket.  So plenty of pockets then!  The Kestrel 48 is fully hydration compatible with a clever external sleeve making replenishing your bladder quick and easy. If you are a fan of trekking poles you'll love the Stow-On-The-Go storage system, this allows you to quickly and easily stash the poles when they are not required; collapse them and tuck them away without having to remove the pack or pester your walking buddies to strap them on for you.

An internal divider can be used to split the load whilst still allowing longer items such as tent poles to fit. This top loading pack comes in two sizes with a full adjustable harness for a true custom fit. Stacked with all the usual Osprey features this is a truly versatile pack suitable for all activities.

What is the backsystem?

Load carrying and stability are taken care of by the well ventilated adjustable AirScape back panel. The main contact area is made up of ridged structural foam protected by a an open mesh to provide air channels to help to keep you ventilated and cool whilst an internal peripheral Lightwire frame distributes the weight and provides flexible support.


This top loading pack comes in two sizes with a fully adjustable harness for a true custom fit. Stacked with all the usual Osprey features, this is a truly versatile pack suitable for all activities.

  • AirScape backpanel with foam ridges for ventilation
  • Peripheral internal Lightwire frame
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle
  • Top lid access
  • Stretch front pocket
  • Twin zippered hip belt pockets
  • Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
  • Twin ice axe loops
  • Integrated & detachable raincover
  • Adjustable torso length
  • Sleeping bag base compartment with internal divider
  • Dual vertical side zipped pockets
  • External hydration access
  • Fixed top pocket with dual zippered compartments
  • Front tie off points
  • Removable sleeping pad straps
  • Side compression straps
  • Under lid zipped mesh pocket
Care & Advice

Getting the correct fit for your rucksack is as important as getting the fit right for your boots. A badly fitting pack can inflict misery and discomfort and completely ruin your adventure. This guide is designed to help you get the best fit and comfort from your chosen pack so that carrying all your kit becomes a pleasure and not a chore.


If the pack has an adjustable back length, adjust this to your correct level. Your back length is not related to your height but your torso length. Many packs, and specifically the bigger and more technical packs are available in different back lengths or feature adjustable back systems. Contrary to popular belief, your torso length and not your overall height is the key to getting a well fitted pack. Tall people don’t necessarily have long torsos, just as shorter people don’t always have a short torso length.

Your torso length can be found by measuring from your C7 vertebra (the bony protrusion at the back of your neck when looking down) to the height of your iliac crest (top of your hip bones, where you put your hands on your hips). This measurement will give you an idea of which pack back length to choose.

Once you've got the back length sorted, either by selecting the correct size pack or adjusting the back system, you can begin to follow these simple steps to help achieve a comfortable carry.


Before you start fitting the pack, loosen off all the straps as this will make it easier to get the correct tension later.


Fasten the backpack hipbelt, the general position is the same as where you’d put your ‘hands on hips’ This area is called the pelvic girdle, and what you can feel when you rest your hand on the area is the bony protuberance, the iliac crest. The iliac crest can support the weight from a pack comfortably, and for sustained periods. The padded section of the hipbelt should encompass this and fit securely.

Tighten the straps so the hipbelt feels secure and held firmly around your body. Ensure that the lumbar pad is centered to your lower back to give you maximum support. Remember that your hips carry most of the weight of the pack, so this should be firm but comfortable.


Next, adjust the shoulder straps, pull them until they start to become snug, but ensure that they are not too tight as to lift the pack off your hips. Remember tightening them will stabilise the pack but will increase pressure over the shoulders. If the back length of the pack is correct the shoulder straps will be flush to your shoulders whilst the hipbelt sits in place comfortably. The point where the shoulder straps attach to the main body of the pack should be roughly half way down your shoulder blades; this ensures  that the shoulder straps rolls evenly over the top of your shoulders to distribute the weight correctly.


Fasten the chest strap and pull until taut but not tight, the elastic section should not be extended. This helps keep the shoulder straps from catching in your shoulder joints and keeps the stability of the pack when moving over rough ground.


Top tensioner straps link the shoulder straps to the top of the pack. When tightened, their main function is to stabilise the top part of the pack. The optimum angle for these straps in 45º, but they will stabilise the load even when horizontal or at a more obtuse angle. Tighten them until you feel the top part of the pack rest against your pack, over tightening them will create excessive pressure on the front of your shoulders.


Side tension straps are linked to the hipbelt. By tightening these straps you can stabilise the load but reduce the hipbelt flexibility. Where balance is critical tightening them can help you feel more secure. However, if you are striding out over easy terrain it’s better to loosen these straps to allow full hip flexibility.


Side compression straps come next, pulling these tight does two things: firstly, it stabilises the load, secondly it can lift the lower part of the pack, repositioning the load closer to your back.


Following these steps should give you a comfortable but secure fit on your pack. Sometimes adjustments will need to be made on the go depending on the terrain or the load you are carrying. The perfect fit is very much a personal preference so experiment with different tensions on the pack to find what suits you best.

Technical Information

Weight: 1.63kg

Main fabric: 210D x 630D Nylon Dobby

Sizing Information

Maximum dimensions: 75 x 34 x 32cm

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