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It’s easy to get into the habit of thinking that a pack is a just a pack but Osprey continues to rethink its range – sometimes in a small way and then in a big way. Osprey’s Mira 22 Women’s Pack has inherited all the new features that Osprey has integrated into its larger packs. Given the Mira 22 is a 22 litre day pack, that’s a good because you don’t have to be doing overnight or multi-day hiking to get the benefits.
So what are those benefits?
The obvious and perhaps unexpected one is that the Mira 22 comes with an integrated 2.5 litre Osprey water bladder which means that you no longer have to purchase the bladder separately or shuffle water bladders between different packs you use. The water bladder is also housed in a separate zip compartment which means its easier to extract for refilling.
There is a second roomy compartment at the back of the pack where you can store all your other items which also houses an angled mesh pocket suitable for storing valuables. It seems roomier than compared to other options including the Osprey Tempest 20 Women’s Pack. The chest clip has changed and is a little more streamlined but also a little tricky until you get used to it. The chest clip has the hose magnet attached but it does force you to the left hand shoulder strap with the hose over your left shoulder – my preference is under my right arm so I had to get used to this change.
Another big change is that this pack comes in one fit size but having said that there is heaps of adjustment to achieve a great fit for most people. This is achieved through the adjustable harness which has four adjustment options ( which is the new system Osprey is using on all its packs) that accommodates a range of torso lengths. My usual Osprey pack size is XS/S and I am in middle of this adjustment – which says to me if you’re very tall then this pack may not provide sufficient length in the torso. More comfort features include Osprey’s AirSpeed backpanel and AirSpeed suspension provide great ventilation and back support.
The two hip pockets are generous in size. There is an external top pocket on the back for items such as glasses. This pack also has two generous side stretch pockets which make it easy to stow and remove items, as well as a rear stow compartment that is also stretchy for quick stowing on-the-go. And there is also a built-in rain cover – bright green of course! Like most Osprey packs this one has a ‘Stow on-the-go’ trekking pole storage system however I’ve never mastered this technique but I’m sure it will work for you!
The carry weight of this pack is a range of 5kg to 18kg however we need to remember that it is only 22 litres in size so you’d be pushing to find gear that compact and heavy. I do think 18kg is a big stretch although the Mira 22 would still be comfy to wear at the upper end of the weight capacity and this is what this pack is about; its a load hauler that also works with lighter loads.
At AUD $369.99 RRP this is a very expensive day pack but remember you’re also getting the water bladder, a built-in rain cover, and heaps of features for this price too.
You’re really going to have to love this one to justify that investment so keep an eye out for the occasional sales.
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AUD $369.99 RRP
The Mira 22 is the women’s version of this pack and there’s also a ‘male’ version which is the Manta 24
Osprey Mira 24 Women’s Pack, Anchor Blue colour. This rear view shows the external stretch pocket on the outside rear of the pack
Osprey Mira 22 Women’s Pack, Succulent Green colour. This image also shows the rear stretch pocket and the side pocket often used for water bottle but also for just about anything else you can imagine
Osprey Mira 22 Women’s Pack front view. Osprey’s ‘Stow on the Go’ is visible on the right hand side of this image and will suit longer trekking poles
Hip belt pockets are well sized with plenty of space for a day pack
Airscape suspension allows plenty of air flow
Osprey Hydraulics 2.5 L LT Reservoir is included with this pack
Close up of the clip system on the 2.5 L LT Reservoir
Osprey Mira 22 Women’s Pack showing the attached rain cover on
This review was done with product provided by the Australian distributor of Osprey packs