User Review: Osprey Stratos 24
Design: Panel Loading Rucksack
Size: 26 Liters (Large)
Number of Pockets: 1 Main Panel, 1 Front slash pocket, 1 Front stretch woven pocket, 2 side stretch woven pockets,
Max. Load Carried: 25 Pounds
Height of Owner: 5'11
Price Paid: $119
I work at an outdoor outfitter store and have seen many technical daypacks, but I must say that the technology and thought that Osprey puts into their products is truly impresssive. I am really impressed with the amazing flexibility and venting ability of the Aircore suspension. The Ergo-Pull hipbelt demonstrates how every detail matters in each pack Osprey produces and carries 25 pounds very comfortably in conjunction with the StraightJacket compression system. The stretch woven pockets on the outside of the pack beat the hell out of mesh, too.
The Stratos 24 doesn't carry books particularly well, but when packed correctly it's not a problem (I can manage to fit my 17" Apple MacBook in there with no problem if I need to).
I compared this to the Gregory Halo technical daypack but this was much more flexible, vented much more easily, and carried loads much better.