This is a fully featured pack with a supportive harness at a good price. It’s heavy, though – the only real disadvantage. The open mesh-covered back panel and hipbelt allow some moisture to escape and dry quickly. The shaped hipbelt supports loads of 12-15kg without problem. The fabric and components are quite substantial and should last okay. I like the many pockets, which give good access to gear, but not the lower compartment, which I think unnecessary in packs this size. The long, vertical side pockets can hold a great deal but do impinge on the volume of the main compartment if stuff ed full. Despite the truncated length, the front pouch is still quite useful for wet gear and there’s a rain cover in its base. The Kestrel 58 isn’t a bad pack but I think Osprey make better ones in this size range, namely the Exos 58, which is much lighter, and the Atmos 50, which is a little lighter.
1st August 2012