Osprey Packs Stratos 24 Review

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This daypack gets rave reviews across the board for its comfort, air-mesh suspension system, and exterior pockets. High-quality material and various sizes (small, medium, and large) make this a top-of-the line daypack that still qualifies as cheap.

Despite what seems to be a relatively high price for a backpack large enough for a day hike, Osprey Packs Stratos 24 reviews say you totally get what you pay for. Its strong suits: extreme comfort and efficient design. In reviews on Altrec, it garners nearly perfect scores from users who praise the suspension, which keeps the pack from resting against their back and ensures cooling airflow; well-padded shoulder straps; a profusion of pockets; and excellent build quality. Such sentiments are echoed in Osprey Packs reviews on BackCounty, where users say the pack feels almost weightless, whether you're hiking, walking, biking, or running. One writer says he packs in a laptop and runs to work every day (the compression straps hold the device firmly in place) and another says the fit is so good that she runs with it easily and clambers over rocks without the pack jiggling around. Users posting hiking backpack reviews on Moosejaw also praise the many adjustment possibilities (i.e., fits a variety of shapes and sizes), utilitarian functionality (e.g., pocket on the waist belt and shoulder strap, a size that's neither too large nor too small), and durability.

The Osprey Stratos 24 (starting at $80, Amazon) holds the equivalent of 24 liters, making it just right for a long day hike. Several users, however, say careful packing gives you the option of an overnight stay, although probably not in cold weather when you'd need extra clothing. It sports a mesh back panel to keep things cool, a lightweight alloy frame (the entire pack weighs barely 2.5 pounds); it's made of 210 denier double ripstop nylon. There's an integrated rain cover and a sleeve and exit port for an internal hydration system. The Stratos 24 measures 19.5x12.5x8.5 inches and is also available in 22- and 26-liter configurations.

Where to buy

This is a small, top-of-the-line pack that just makes it into the budget realm. If you're planning short hikes in the wild or even about town, a one-night outing, or biking to work, you'll be mighty pleased with the Osprey Packs Stratos 24.

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