|Rating:||8.9 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.7 / 2|
|Comfort||1.9 / 2|
|Weight||1.8 / 2|
|Durability||1.8 / 2|
|Versatility||1.7 / 2|
Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until you try something new. I have been using the Osprey Sirrus 24 Women’s Day Pack on my day hikes and I loved it. Compact with lots of compartments. What more can you ask for? Well I didn’t know what I was missing until I tested out Osprey’s Tempest 20 litre pack.
I have to confess I was more than a little sceptical about the size of this pack. It just seemed too small and didn’t have as many compartments as the Sirrus. What I discovered was that for day hiking, one larger compartment met my needs much better. This is partly because I carry fewer bulky items but stowing my Marmot PreCip Nano Jacket, my The North Face Women’s ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket and my Wilderness Wear PolyPro+190 Women’s Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top in one generous compartment actually works out really well.
I have still have plenty of compartments for smaller items such as snacks in the two very generous hip pockets, a smaller stretch pocket of the shoulder strap where I keep hand sanitiser, a top pocket handy for gloves and beanie, and an internal pocket inside the main compartment for valuables. But there’s more….
This pack also has two generous side stretch mesh pockets which make it easy to stow and remove bottles and other items, as well as a rear stow compartment that is also stretchy for quick stowing on-the-go.
Space-wise it also helps that the hydration pocket is external to the pack which I’ve never been a fan of given I’m a bit fussy about ‘feeling’ things on my back. However the ventilated mesh hybrid back panel, which adjusts to your torso length and ensures a customised fit (Airscape® Suspension), provides great back support and cushions you from the water bladder.
At AUD$199.90 RRP this is an expensive day pack so you’re really going to have to love it to justify that investment. Another potential negative is there’s no rain cover but this is a feature that can always be added on.
This pack comes in some great colours; Aluminum Grey, Stealth Black, Jasper Green as well as Violac Purple which is the colour I have (of course) – I just love deep, dark purples!
Size-wise there are two choices Extra Small/Small and Medium/Large. I have an XS/S and was pleasantly surprised by the adjustment range of the back frame via the solid velcro section – you just un-velcro, set the torso length you need and join back together; easy done. The front of this pack is pretty typical of most packs these days. The sternum strap slides up and down to allow you to get the strap in the preferred spot.
The XS/S is very light weighing in at 900 grams and is designed to carry between 5 and 8kg – it may cope with more and the main compartment will comfortably handle any excess gear.
Like most larger 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!
There is a handy helmet attachment on the rear of the pack given many will use this pack for bike riding too.
This pack represents a big investment but given the heaps of features it has and the level of comfort you get, the investment is worth it. Keep an eye out for the occasional sales.
You can purchase the Osprey Tempest 20 Women’s Pack online from Wildfire Sports
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The Tempest is the women’s version of this pack.In addition there is also a ‘male version which is the Talon. Currently you can find the following range available:
Osprey Tempest 20 Women’s Pack. This rear view shows the external stretch pocket on the outside rear of the pack
Osprey Tempest 20 rear view on
Osprey Tempest 20 side view showing water bottle pocket
Hip belt pockets
Adjustment marks on the inside back of the pack. Adjust the length of the back adjustment as required
Airscape suspension allows plenty of air flow
Stow on-the-go hiking pole system
Shoulder strap pocket. The Tempest 20 has only one of these pockets
The pocket at the top of the image is a small internal pocket for valuables. The larger pocket at the bottom is the main storage compartment
Insert water bladder goes here
This review was done with product provided by the Australian distribute of Osprey Packs