Originally Posted by dgswen
Not cheap... the Atmos actually a little more expensive. Kestrel has some features that I really wanted, ie pull out pack cover, and external bladder slot, and a little better design i think.
Check your size on the osprey website. I have a Kestrel and love it, however it doesn't come in the standard S, M, L -- but rather in a S/M and M/L due to the adjustable harness. I am sure if you're a L in the Atmos you'll be a L in the Kestrel, but always best to check again.
Also, your local shop doesn't have all the info. They didn't discontinue the Kestrel. It is one of Osprey's best selling packs. It was redesigned and improved, IMO