Rating: 5 / 5
I bought the Osprey 33 backpack recently (size M/L) and I could briefly test it.
Quick presentation of the bag:
33L, 880g measured, full of pockets, exist in 2 sizes, each one having an adjustable back.
-> I am rather tall, with a long back that requires an adapted backpack. The majority of the packs do not suit me because the ventral belt, instead of being on the hips, is on the belly (and if far from being comfortable…).
-> The bag is very bulky! Announced at 33L, it seems much larger. With the equipment for a day hike, the bag was rather empty… I needed to tighten the compression straps and it was ok! Despite the bag was not full, the stability was excellent!
-> the pack is very comfortable. With the carried mass, much pack would have been but there, I really forgot I had something on my back... The advantage is its adjustable back. The ventral belt is really on the hips! Very pleasant to carry, the bag is stable. The ventilation of the back is not bad but I suppose that it is not worth the ventilation of a atmos…. ; -). It should be noted that the straps and the ventral belt are quite ventilated.
-> The pack is very very very practical! There are pockets everywhere! Those of the ventral belt enabled me to store my camer a(Sony DSC-W1) on the left and the race food, lipstick and sun lotion on the other. The small pockets on the straps are not a common feature on a backpack, but you could slip a small GPS device here. The side pockets are not "easy access" when the compression straps are tight. However the stretch fabric is welcome and it i possible to put charts, compass, glove, etc…
Important : those pockets are accessible when the pack is on the back (but if the straps are tight you gonna have troubles to reach it ;-). The large ventral stretch pocket allos to put a waterproof jacket and a lot of other things without taking volume on the principal compartment of the bag. Between the back and the principal volume of the bag, one finds a place to slip a hydratation system. there are also 2 straps for sticks or ice axes.
-> the pack seems solid enough for a light bag but does not support the comparison with an alpine rucksack (a lot heavier). However, within the framework of lightwaight hikings and by paying attention, it should not be a problem event in alpine conditions.
A rather lightweight bag, VERY practical, well designed, with an adjustable back. Comfort is very good! Stability is excellent and ventilation good enough.
The only issue comes from the compression straps which interfere with the use of the side pockets. But personally, I am verry happy with this rucksack! I recommend it!
PS : I'm a french lightweight hiker, please forgive me for any english mistakes... ;-)