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Osprey Daypacks: Low cost affordable high-quality backpacks for hiking or day to day use

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 0 0

Founded in 1974 by partners Mike Pfotenhauer and Diane Wren in the front of Pfotenhauer's rental house, Osprey has always focused on customization and quality. As one of the first to offer breathable mesh backpacks, Osprey quickly rose to prominence by word of mouth alone. Today their manufacturing has been moved to Korea and Vietnam, but they remain based in Cortez, Colorado. All their packs fall under the "All Mighty Guarantee". That means if it rips, rends, rots, or breaks in anyway the will fix regardless of what year you purchased your pack.

Below we will examine some of Osprey's various Daypacks. All Osprey Packs come in S, M, and L. For the purposes of this article we will use the medium when discussing dimensions.

Osprey Kestrel 28

The Osprey Kestrel 28 Daypack MSRP $118.95

A streamlined and sleek toploader perfect for dayhikes. Available colors: Lichen, Twilight, and Paprika

Dimensions

  • 1700 in3 (28 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 12 oz
  • 27.6" X 13"X 11.8"

Features

  • AirScape Backpanel
  • Top Loader
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Ice Ax Loops and Bungee
  • Integrated Raincovers
  • Stow-On-The-Go™ Trekking Pole Attachments
  • Stretch Woven Front Pocket
  • Stretch Woven Side Pocket
  • Torso Adjustable Harness
  • Zippered Top Pocket

Osprey Kestrel 32

The Osprey Kestrel 32 Daypack MSRP $128.90

A stylish panel loader ideal for a day hiking and climbing. Available colors: Lichen, Twilight, and Paprika

Dimensions

  • 2000 in3 (32 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 14 oz
  • 25.6" X 14.2"X 13"

Features

  • AirScape Backpanel
  • Panel Loader
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Ice Ax Loops and Bungee
  • Integrated Raincovers
  • Stow-On-The-Go™ Trekking Pole Attachments
  • Stretch Woven Front Pocket
  • Stretch Woven Side Pocket
  • Torso Adjustable Harness
  • Zippered Top Pocket

Osprey Manta 25

The Osprey Manta 25 Daypack MSRP $138.95

This is pack features a Hydration System as well as all the other features normally provided by Osprey. Great for longer hikes. Available colors: Storm Gray, Madcap Red, and Liquid Blue

Dimensions

  • 1500 in3 (25 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 14 oz
  • 19" X 10"X 10"
  • 3 Liter Liquid Capacity

Features

  • AirScape Backpanel
  • Panel Loader
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Integrated Hydration System
  • Integrated Raincovers
  • Stow-On-The-Go™ Trekking Pole Attachments
  • Zippered Front Pocket
  • Zippered Side Pocket
  • Torso Adjustable Harness
  • Zippered Top Pocket

Osprey Manta 30

The Osprey Manta 30 Daypack MSRP $148.44

Slightly larger than the Manta 25 this pack also features a Hydration System as well as all the other features normally provided by Osprey. Great for longer hikes. Available colors: Storm Gray, Madcap Red, and Liquid Blue

Dimensions

  • 1800 in3 (30 L)
  • Weight 3 lb 2 oz
  • 19" X 12"X 10"
  • 3 Liter Liquid Capacity

Features

  • AirScape Backpanel
  • Panel Loader
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Integrated Hydration System
  • Integrated Raincovers
  • Stow-On-The-Go™ Trekking Pole Attachments
  • Zippered Front Pocket
  • Zippered Side Pocket
  • Torso Adjustable Harness
  • Zippered Top Pocket

Osprey Stratos 24

The Osprey Stratos 24 Daypack MSRP $98.95

Simple and efficient, this lightweight pack is all the weekend warrior needs. Available Colors: Cactus, Shale, and Tarn.

Dimensions

  • 1500 in3 (24 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 5 oz
  • 19.3" X 12"X 8.8"

Features

  • Airspeed Suspension
  • Harness pocket
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Ice Ax Attachment
  • InsideOut™ Compression
  • Integrated Raincover
  • Panel Load
  • Zippered Hip belt Pockets

Osprey Stratos 34

The Osprey Stratos 34 MSRP $128.95

Bigger than the Stratos 24, this can be best described as a Utility pack. It provides everything you might need in a large panel loader. Available Colors: Cactus, Shale, and Tarn.

Dimensions

  • 2040 in3 (34 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 10 oz
  • 22.4" X 10.6"X 10.24"

Features

  • Airspeed Suspension
  • Harness pocket
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Ice Ax Attachment
  • InsideOut™ Compression
  • Integrated Raincover
  • Panel Load
  • Zippered Hip belt Pockets

Osprey Talon 33

The Osprey Talon 33 MSRP $119.95

This sleek and versatile pack is perfect for the light and fast dayhiker or the climber. Available Colors: Cayenne, Iris, Meteorite and Indigo

Dimensions

  • 2000 in3 (33 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 0 oz
  • 24" X 10"X 7"

Features

  • Airspeed Suspension
  • Blinker Patch
  • Hip belt Pockets
  • Hydration Slot
  • Ice Ax Attachment
  • Rope Carry
  • Stretch Woven Front Pocket
  • Stretch Woven Side Pockets
  • Tow Loop

Osprey offers many other DayPacks as well as larger packs that are considered Hiking Backpacks or Multinight Backpacks, but those are not listed here. I have listed the packs I feel are best suited for the multi use user and dayhiker.

For an overview on selecting the right Daypack for you please see my other articles

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