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Osprey Exos 48 vs Kestrel 48?? Help

Postby Jes » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:13 pm

I'm stuck deciding between these two packs for what I'm considering to be my go to for a 2-3 night trips. The Exos (2 lb 5 oz) is much lighter, but the Kestrel (3 lb 5 oz) is more durable. I've read review after review based on the opinions of each, and they both seem to be excellent. Can anyone help which would be the better buy? It also seems exos holds the water bladder in the interior pack and the kestrel holds in the exterior. Your opinions well help me very much, thank you. Also is this too much, being 48 liters or should i go down to 38? Btw I have pretty light gear for the most part. Not the lightest in the world, but decent.

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Re: Osprey Exos 48 vs Kestrel 48?? Help

Postby Rockchucker » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:26 pm

You need to know the weight and volume of the gear your taking. Then take your gear to the store and try both out, plus a few more. Decide which one fits and feels the best and get that one. As a side note I love the Exos series of packs, they are very nice. The 14 version has a new fabric, only time will tell if it is durable. Osprey has an awesome warranty.
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Re: Osprey Exos 48 vs Kestrel 48?? Help

Postby oldranger » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:56 pm

What Rockchucker said. the Exos 58 is so light I use it as a day pack on layover days and I have used it on everything from 1 night to two weeks (probably way overloaded but it worked). I sent in my Exos 58 a couple of times for repairs, the third time they sent me a new one!

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Re: Osprey Exos 48 vs Kestrel 48?? Help

Postby The Other Tom » Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:20 pm

If you're on the fence, I'd say go for the lighter one. A pound is a significant weight savings.
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Re: Osprey Exos 48 vs Kestrel 48?? Help

Postby Jes » Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:07 pm

Thanks guys! Going to the local REI and will be trying a few out with my gear. I just wanted to make sure that the Exos could put up with a week or more worth of backpacking. Although I do not know my exact base weight, it's definitely around 16 give or take. Will find out later today.
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