This pack has so many great features that you don't even realize until your third or fourth trip. Every time I think of something this pack could use, it already has it. It feels very comfortable on and seems to be very durable. I recently took it on a 2 day 26 mile hike and it was comfortable and cool the whole trip. It is a good sized pack for a 2-3 day trip. I would recommend a bigger pack if your planning on taking longer trips. Or make sure a buddy has room in his pack for your stuff! :-)
Jack of all Trades pack
Purchased this pack for a recent trip to Colorado. I liked the different lash points it offered for future use on a variety of adventures. It's just a bit heavier than some other packs out there, but to me it's worth it not to sacrifice any performance. Wore it while climbing Quandary Peak, had it on my back for 6.5 hours, with a small load (4 L of water, 2 rain shells, 2 fleeces, hats and gloves, food, and misc items- I carried all my wife's gear too). No hot spots at the end of the day, and the AirScape back panel breathed well, my back never felt damp. Very comfortable fit- I'm 5'7", and got the S/M frame. Great compression, as I had a small load it cinched down nicely so that it was still stable. I like that the water bladder storage is separate from the main compartment, and the 3 pockets in the lid were nice for keeping the small items we needed to access quickly without digging in the bag- sunglasses, sunscreen, keys, etc. The stretch pocket on the front is a great addition, as my wife was able to stuff our gloves in there on the move without me having to take the pack off. Osprey nailed it on this one!
Great weekend pack!
The Osprey Kestrel 48 just maybe the perfect pack. Im 511, 190lbs, 19 torso, and the M/L fits like a glove. Ive had it out now for two 3 day hikes and it held all my gear, never felt it shift or sag. At 4lbs, its not a light weight pack, but the extra weight adds to its stability and durability, so well worth it.