Osprey Kestrel 38 vs 48

Osprey Kestrel backpacks are very nice. They are versatile and useful for various purposes. Can be used as a daypack? Check. Can be used for backpack traveling? Check. Can be used for short overnight trips? Check. Furthermore, every Osprey Kestrel backpack also has an integrated raincover to protect your equipment from bad weather. Below, we are going to see the differences between Osprey Kestrel 38 vs 48. Which one is the most useful and comfortable?

Osprey Kestrel 38 and Osprey Kestrel 48 backpacks are constructed using the same materials. So, despite the different dimensions, they have the same maximum load rating, which is 40 lbs – for larger models, see Osprey Kestrel 48 vs Stratos 50. Well, such weight rating is already more than enough for most purposes, so this is not a problem.

The backpacks are constructed using 210D Nylon Double Diamond Ripstop, which is highly rugged and durable despite the lightweight nature. They are further reinforced using 420HD Nylon Packcloth for tear-proof performance.

Size and Weight
Osprey Kestrel 38 is a little bit slimmer and more compact. It will be much easier to navigate in a crowded place. It is also slightly lighter, so it will be less of a hindrance on your back.

Osprey Kestrel 48 is a tad bulkier and heavier. Although the differences in the overall dimensions aren’t very significant, you can see that the topmost and bottommost parts of this model are thicker. Hence, it won’t be as agile to navigate through a crowd, and may possibly bump into people.

Both models here are available in Small and Medium sizes. Osprey Kestrel 38’s Small size provides 36 liters of total capacity, whereas the Medium size gives 38 liters of total capacity. In general, Osprey Kestrel 38 is enough for overnight trips. There is enough space for clothes and equipment. However, for traveling, you will need to compress everything down in order to make them fit into the bag.

On the other hand, Osprey Kestrel 48’s Small size has 46 liters capacity, and the Medium size has 48 liters capacity. The increased size makes this model more suitable for longer trips and traveling.

In terms of features, Osprey Kestrel 38 vs 48 backpacks are pretty similar. They each feature the LightWire suspension system for enhanced weight distribution and stability. They also have padded harness and hipbelt that are very comfortable. The AirScape backpanel ensures great breathability even though the load is kept close to your back.

Both have an integrated raincover, which can be stored away in a dedicated pocket at the bottom of the bag. Other similar features include the external hydration pack sleeve, ice tool loops, and trekking pole attachments. However, Osprey Kestrel 48 has an additional side pocket with a vertical zipper for additional storage and organization.

Osprey Kestrel 38 vs 48

- Osprey's stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachment
- An integrated and removable rain cover protects your gear
- An external reservoir sleeve is located behind the shoulder harness
- Main 210D Nylon Double Diamond RipstopAccent
- Osprey's stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachment
- An integrated and removable rain cover protects

If you prefer to be as compact as possible, Osprey Kestrel 38 is the way to go. It is great for short trips and day walks. The slim design will enable you to get through crowded places more easily. However, for traveling, you should choose Osprey Kestrel 48. The extra capacity is very useful, and the additional side pocket can be handy as well.