Osprey Kyte 46

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A nifty versatile backpack for the ladies, ideal for…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $180

Summary

A nifty versatile backpack for the ladies, ideal for multiple uses and activities. With a starting weight of only 3.42-3.55 lbs and a load range between 20-45 lbs, this 46L pack has plenty of features. A great bag for you or the lady in your life, it holds everything you need and more for whatever your adventure needs!

Pros

  • Durable
  • Airscape back panel
  • Wide mouth main compartment access
  • Kyte available in other sizes 36L, 46L & 66L
  • Lots of pockets!
  • Built-in rain cover

Cons

  • Unadjustable lid

Osprey offers a variety of sizes and styles in their women's range, I've had this Kyte 46L bag for several months now and taken it on many backpacking and hiking outings. I haven't noticed any great wear or tear even after lots of moments when I've had to throw it down out of exhaustion. It's constructed primarily of Nylon double diamond ripstop and, with a fairly light starting weight at 3.42-3.55 lbs, can hold up to 45 lbs.

Front view with lid back showing internal lid mesh pocket.
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This bag can be adjusted so the harness can achieve a cosier fit. This pack is great for women with a smaller (shorter) stature, I'm 5'3" and don't have a long torso so I have a little difficulty getting a pack to fit and sit comfortably on my hip and shoulders. Need not worry because the pack can be adjusted to fit a longer torso and one can easily lengthen the shoulder straps to do so.

Airspace back panel.
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The Osprey Kyte has an adjustable sternum strap (with a built-in whistle) to help the bag fit in place and prevent too much movement and stabilizing the shoulder straps. The hip belts sit firmly in place and I don't find them uncomfortable or too rigid. Hip belts have a foam core and mesh to allow for breathability and extra comfort. 

With an 'Airscape' technology back panel providing cushioning, suspension and ventilation this makes for a comfier and stable pack for any woman on the go. The bag sits closely against my spine, and provides good suspension when you need to jump from rock to rock, lugg equipment on long hauls or crossing streams. I don't find the pack getting too sweaty and even up against bare skin the mesh doesn't irritate or chafe. 

Detail of inside hip belt.
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The Osprey Kyte 46L comes with lots of pockets! A front mesh pocket, 2 side zipped pockets that run along most of the length of the main compartment, 2 additional mesh pockets on either side for water bottles, 2 zipped pockets on the hip belt and 3 more pockets in the lid. Pockets, pockets, pockets!

Side view and side pockets.
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The back of the main panel is fitted with an external hydration pocket it's definitely useful when refilling your water bladder on the go or if you're in tricky situations it's easily accessible.

Hydration sleeve (with 3L Platypus Big Zip water bladder).
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The main storage compartment is fitted with a drawstring toggle and opens up widely for convenience. It also has a bottom zip access for your sleeping bag or whatever you want to stuff inside there. There's a removable and adjustable internal hammock to separate the main compartment and to help with distributing weight inside your pack.

Inside of the Kyte 46L pack
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Pack comes with a rain cover:

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One main feature I wish it had is an adjustable lid. If you fill the top section with too much stuff, it can get in the way when you're wearing wide brim hat or can hit the back of your head. On the other hand it's manageable and you can always work your way around it in most circumstances.   

Some additional features:

  • Adjustable sleeping pad straps.
  • Raincover conveniently located in another pocket on the bottom front of the bag 
  • Compatible with a variety of drinking bladders
  • Ice pick hoops
  • Trekking pole loops
  • Top and bottom compression straps 

All in all I highly rate this bag, I would get another one at the drop of a dime... (I think I just heard a dime drop!)

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Great review, Micay!


1 month ago