This review of Osprey Backpacks shows that when it comes to exploration, adventure gear can be functional, comfortable and hardwearing without compromising on style. While many find exactly what they are looking for when it comes to multi-packing compartments, security features and the perfect fit, colour and trendiness can somewhat be lacking in contrast.
I’ve tried many brands over my years of globetrotting, where the blacks, kakis and muted colours have been the only options to match the detailed practicality. But now I am able to rock some colour on my travels too!
Recently, during a city-hopping adventure in Spain by train, Osprey invited me to put some backpacks to the test. The Ariel AG 55 litre in the vibrant ‘Tidal Blue’ and the Daylite Plus daypack in ‘Solar Yellow’ allowed me to move at ease while overlanding cross-country, as well as feel vibrant and stylish. It felt good to get back on the backpacking trail again at a time where my shorter trips have needed nothing more than a carry-on suitcase.
The Ariel AG 55 looks compact when laid out, but expands as you fill it, making it an ideal choice for hiking trips or extended travelling stints where you need to carry more. The main thing I love about this backpack is that the hipbelt is rigid, hugging your hips tight for a perfect fit when distributing the weight. Osprey is known for its AntiGravity backsystem and mouldable fit that comes from the IsoForm hipbelt, which is ideal when looking for a ‘women’s fit’. While I am used to side loader packs that essentially open like a suitcase, this backpack is designed with many pockets and compartments for easier accessibility when on the move. There’s a ‘top loader’ style pocket, side loader zips for alternative access, multiple compartments in the lid and also a bottom compartment where you can also access the main hold.
The Daylite Plus daypack was with me every single day, used as a front pack for my most important equipment when on the move with both bags (it has an expandable front pocket for extra storage) and then as my day-to-day backpack when exploring each city. This daypack is designed to be lightweight and versatile so that you can fit more into it, although it still has a padded laptop sleeve without bulking it out too much. The ventilated mesh back and Hydraulics (water pouch) reservoir alongside the outer side mesh pockets also turn this bag into a perfect trekking daypack.
Osprey Daylite Plus Backpack – Competition is Closed
I teamed up with Osprey to give three readers the chance to win my favourite Daylite Plus daypacks for your next adventure in Real Red. This competition is now closed, but look out for further Osprey backpack reviews.