Nice comfortable pack for day hikes. However, since I bought my last Kestrel 38, you removed one of the ice axe loops and the bungee strap above it. I don't know when this happened, but WHY? I took it back to the store thinking it was a defect. I used both ice axe loops and the corresponding bungee cords above them to store my trekking poles away when I knew I was not going to need them for a few miles. Now I have to settle with storing one pole I guess. It was a great alternative to keep them neatly packed away rather than using that gadget on the side (stow & go?), which is good for more temporary storage. Did Osprey do it to cut costs? It's not like these two features were in the way.
Santa Fel, NM