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Osprey Tempest 30

photo: Osprey Tempest 30 daypack (under 35l)

Comfy, light day pack with all the features I could want.

Pros

  • Well made
  • Well designed

I just got this day pack after owning the Osprey Ariel 55 for ten years and loving it. I wanted a smaller day pack with the same wonderful women's shoulder harness.

This little pack does not disappoint. It is just as comfortable and adjustable as the larger pack and carries more than you would think.

Fit: Fits great. Designed for women's shoulders. I have a long torso and I like that the length can be adjusted easily with the Velcro inside the back pad.

Comfort: This pack has the mesh back panel so I am guessing it will vent well. I have not taken it out yet on a very warm day. It's very light and the padded hip belt is comfy.

Capacity: For a small pack, it will hold a lot of stuff. The bag part holds clothing, rain gear and food, and the top lid has two zippered compartments that hold camera, keys, maps, etc. Front mesh pocket good for water filter, side mesh pockets good for water bottles.

Ride: Rides great, just like my larger pack, but lighter. Rides close so you don't feel pulled backwards.

Conditions: I have just gone out for a couple of short easy fall hikes in the past two weeks. So far, so good. I like it a lot.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100

It's light. Juuuuust big enough for overnight or a few days if you go ultralight.

Pros

  • Light!
  • Sturdy. Pretty sturdy anyway.
  • Bells. Whistles.

Cons

  • You'll need to requisition a waist belt if you are fat/fattish. They'll provide one for free.

This is for the men's version. Mine fits 5.8, should go shorter > taller, so there you go ladies.

Great daypack. Great ski/board pack. No complaints. Got all yer belzNwhistles without extra weight (key clip, full pockets, compression, bottle sides, that kinda thing.) Comfortable as any pack I've owned w day loads. Ventilation solid but not superior.

I can't speak to this backpacking (really no reason not to use my 38L vapor trail. Stiffer and a deal cushier, only a poundish more..) Did bring home a few loads of 30lb groceries though. Sooooo:

It's not an overnight pack. You will need good pack skills and stiffening. Built in stiffening is pretty fragile. For most this means you take your sleeping pad and roll it out in the empty to make a "hole." Then you pack the load correctly in yonder hole and should be fine. If you are kinda new to this the reason you want stiffness is it takes load off the shoulders and puts it on the hips. Wimpy little daypack hip belt here, but it still matters.)

You can get by without rolling a pad inside as I did w/ the groceries, but I'm pretty good at this. Are you? Lots of places n straps to lash up extra stuff on the outside. You could conceivably carry 50lbs. Would NOT recommend it, but maybe you're bugging out.

[BTW vis a vis a bugout etc it is your absolute duty as a capable human to know how to shoot each type of firearm no matter your opinion on firearm laws. Go learn. It's fun. Revolvers, semi auto pistols, bolt action rifles, pump/break shotguns, semi-auto rifles and shotguns. You'll enjoy it, and it really is your duty to be able to work a firearm in a pinch. Things are getting a bit pinchy in the world again after a nice long break from pinchiness. Plus if you are reading this you are likely to spend time at "shotgun at the house or you're an idiot" locations, ie. 40M from the sheriff + bears/coyotes. cf Colorado attitudes on gun control. Ladies: you'll have more fun if you avoid 12G shotguns, big hunting rifles, & small higher caliber pistols.)

final important note: I'm pretty fat and always have been. You will need a spacer if you are too. Esp for ladies who are even wider in the hips. Presumably the ladies version has more belt, but rest assured(Ish) Osprey will help you out if you need the spacer. I just sent an email. No charge.

Experience

S tons. Years in the backcountry. >>> a year sleeping in the backcountry. All of the CO trail. All of Virginia and more on the AT. Outward Bound sacrificial leader (I thought OB was NOLS... big f'up unless you enjoying herding "neurodivergent" cats aka narcissistic jackoffs.) Snowboarded and hiked most of the continent. Capable if not expert hunter.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 80 in ~2016

Chose as my first pack.

Pros

  • Super lightweight

Cons

  • The XS is only 28 litres, which may pose a problem for an overnight trip unless you pack super light.

I purchased this as my first pack, as I was looking for something that I could use not only as a daypack, but potentially for an overnight trip. I'm still relatively new to the whole backpacking scene, so it will be interesting to see if it works for me!

I have yet to load it all up for any trip, but with some weight in it, it seems to distribute it pretty well and doesn't aggravate my bad shoulders!

Overall I think it is really well made and I love the color!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $89

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Specs

WXS/S WM/L
Price MSRP: $160.00
Current Retail: $140.00-$180.00
Historic Range: $52.73-$180.00
Reviewers Paid: $89.00-$100.00
Load Range 10-20 lbs
Volume 1,709 cu in / 28 L 1,831 cu in / 30 L
Dimensions 24.02 x 11.02 x 9.84 in 25.98 x 11.02 x 9.84 in
Weight 2.355 lbs 2.62 lbs
Main Fabric bluesign-approved recycled 100D x 210D wave check high-tenacity nylon, PFC-free DWR
Accent Fabric bluesign-approved recycled 420HD nylon packcloth, PFC-free DWR
Bottom Fabric bluesign-approved recycled 420HD nylon packcloth, PFC-free DWR
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