A reader contacted us with what is likely a common dilemma; she was downsizing, moving to a condo, and was going to have very little space to store all of her outdoor gear. Like many of us, she had a collection of packs that she’d accumulated over the years…bulky and difficult to store in any logical way. She wanted advice on how best to upgrade and downsize at the same time. Hmmm. Just the kind of challenge that we like! (…)
After more searching, we settled on the Osprey Sirrus 36. We’re unabashed fans of Osprey for packs that handle ridiculous amounts of abuse. Time after time, the Argon 110 proves to be our packhorse of choice when we need to carry loads that humans shouldn’t be able to handle. Given that we’re trying to make these packs fill gaps they really aren’t designed for, that’s a great characteristic. And, the sizing is just about right; small enough to be a heavy-duty daypack, but large enough that we should be able to get an overnight out of it. Finally, it comes in “Amethyst”; we said we wanted colorful, and we got it!
The Osprey Sirrus 36 was a great companion for winter picnics, allowing room for necessities AND luxuries.
With both packs in house, time to get them out in the field. A day-after-Christmas hike to purge some of the excess calories was a great first test for the Osprey Sirrus; it easily stowed extra clothes to stay warm when we stopped, a Jetboil and some (low calorie) cocoa, and random lunch food. And, thanks to well-designed pockets, everything was easily found when we wanted it.