Problem: Uncomfortable pack straps
Especially if you’re on the curvier side, check out women’s-specific packs.
Two of our favorites: Gregory’s Deva 60 and Osprey’s Aura AG 65), both of which have super-curvacious shoulder straps that don’t chafe on the outside of the breasts, sternum straps that you can adjust to above the breasts, and conical hipbelts that adapt to shapely hips.
Q:What Are the Best Duffel Bags for Domestic Travel?
We love these workhorse bags because they’re so damn useful…
Osprey Transporter 40
The U-shaped zipper on this bag splays the body wide open, providing easy access to nearly everything inside. The Transporter, like the No Matter What (above) has padding on the handles, which helps it sit comfortably on your shoulders when carried as a backpack. The spacious front-zip pocket, plus three more on the outside, keep everything from toiletries to dirty laundry tidy.
Hydration pack specialist Osprey has been gradually expanding their range over the years, and for 2015 they’ve updated the Syncro by putting it on a bit of a diet, with a claimed a 30% weight reduction compared to the previous model. As the name suggest, the Syncro 15 can carry 15 liters of cargo, and holds Osprey’s own 3 liter reservoir (sold separately) in a dedicated sleeve. The reservoir has an large cap that makes it easy to clean, and the whole thing holds it shape no matter how much water it’s carrying. The hose has an drip-free nozzle and a magnet clip attaches it to the shoulder straps. Biostretch ventilated harness straps at the waist and chest and Osprey’s AirSpeed suspension, a mesh panel stretched over a Lightwire frame, ensure the pack is elevated off your back and held securely in place.
This is a very lightweight pack, easily adjustable for either of the two us of, who are of very different sizes! Best used for short day hikes or winter activities in which a large capacity pack is not required…
This is my fourth (yes, fourth) Osprey pack and it’s another winner. I have 70, 50, and 36 liter packs for different occasions. The Stratos 36 is sweet for all-day hikes, but it’s too large for those quick 2 hour hikes with friends. The Daylite has filled that need very nicely.