Prior to this year I had only done a few hikes here and there, but I had never done any over night trips. In the past I used any old backpack but with more gear I needed to use something of higher quality. This year my goal was to do my first summit and to do an overnight backpacking trip. Luckily, I was able to do a couple of each and this bag has been a really good fit for me. Before purchasing, I did my research and set out to find my first "good" pack. I had a list in my head of things I would like; I wanted a bag that was under $250, was >40L, and was water resistant with a built in rain cover. I soon found out those weren't a priority it was tracking down a WOMEN'S bag that was narrow enough for me and short enough it didn't impair my range of vision. Something I could use as either for day trips or a couple nights. I tried on around 20 packs and kept coming back to this one. I couldn't find the size I wanted in store so I ordered it online out of a Quebec based retail which went extremely smooth.
The bag is 46L which is the largest size, but comes in 3 different sizes. It also comes in 2 different fits XS/S and S/M as well as 2 different colors.
- The bag is backed by osprey's warranty and the packs are known for being fairly durable.
- It has several small pockets including the two small ones on the hips which are actually big enough for a large phone ect.
- The main compartment is accessible from the top as well as the side.
- Something a little more unique is it has a couple elastics that hold your poles for you while hiking. This is great and makes them easy access. I wish they had them on both sides because the elastic actually also works really well for my bear spray.
- The water bladders fit seamlessly with the pack.
- It is actually a women's pack so it fits narrow shoulders making it very comfortable, limiting pressure points. The frame has a little give adding to the comfort and fit.
- The pack comes with a rain cover built in and is water resistant.
- It is heavy. When empty these packs aren't light. That didn't really phase me but some people it might throw off.
- The side pockets could be angled toward the wearer for easy access.
- The back is not vented, although the mesh provides some comfort, it is not a trampoline back so I get pretty sweaty when other people I hike with don't have the same problem.
- I wish the top was floating. When fully packed up it would be nice to have a floating top like dueter's packs.