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June 3, 2016

Here’s what I used to support an 850-mile backcountry mountain bike trip across Arizona…

As noted, the Osprey Stratos 24 is beefier than I’d normally choose, but it was the ideal choice and carried my bicycle, gear, and enough water and food to get me across the Grand Canyon admirably well for its diminutive size. Other than food and fluid, the pack load was minimal: clothes I might need of a day in external pockets (including a Gore Bike Wear ONE jacket, arm and knee warmers, an Assos Rain Cap, and a beanie), a Lezyne CRV 20, lube, and rag in one hip-belt pocket, and my iPhone (for the camera) in the other. I also ran a Spot Tracker Gen III at all times so my family could keep tabs on me…

Read Full Post – Featuring Rev 12, Stratos 24, Stratos 36 and Sirrus 36 – October 7, 2015

October 7, 2015

What You’ll Need To Bring
Depending on if you are doing a day hike or an overnight, your gear list will change. For the day hike, we each had a small pack, Valerie was wearing the 12 liter Osprey Rev 12, and I had the Osprey Stratos 24.

On the overnight, we had a “his and hers” set of Osprey Stratos 36 and Sirrus 36 packs which had just enough room for all our overnight gear. They are a little heavy compared to other similarly sized packs at just under 3 pounds but super comfortable to wear all day long.

I completely love the support and feel of the Osprey Airspeed frame, so much so that we own 5 Osprey packs.

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Download PDF – Featuring Stratos 24 – November 2014

November 1, 2014

Looking for gift ideas for a hiker on your list? Our hiking gift guide features our trail-tested favorite hiking gear, and the hiking gifts that top our own lists this year…

Ultra-comfortable. Ultra-breathable. We’ve long been fans of Osprey backpacks, and the Stratos 24 lives up to our high Osprey expectations. With an innovative ventilation system, the Stratos 24 provides maximum breathability, great for Georgia’s toasty-warm summers. (Women, check out the Osprey Sirrus 24 Pack.)

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Download PDF – Featuring Stratos 24 – August 2014

August 1, 2014

Avid hikers, backpackers, and cyclists, we’ve long been fans of Osprey’s backpacks, and the Stratos 24 marks the fourth bag in our backpack collection from Colorado-based Osprey. Long-time fans of Osprey’s design, durability, fit and comfort, we’re equally impressed by the Osprey Stratos 24 and women’s Osprey Sirrus 24 – and in love with their innovative breathability.

In Georgia’s warm, humid climate, airy backpack ventilation is something I’ve longed for on the trail. The coverage of most backpacks leaves puddles of sweat on my back, which is equally uncomfortable and chilly when temperatures drop later in the day. The Osprey Stratos 24 combines a curved, lightweight aluminum frame with an open, perforated back panel, leaving space for a ton of airflow between the pack and my back. The result? An incredible amount of ventilation…

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Download PDF – Featuring Talon 22 and Stratos 24 – June 2012

June 30, 2012

Whether you are a frequent hiker, a student, or a weekend warrior, chances are you could use a day pack for one or more of your activities. Any time you need to carry more than your phone and wallet, it is handy to have a vessel to carry all the necessities, such as food, water, and extra layers.

We decided to put some top-of-the-line day packs to the test, using them for every activity we could. From hiking and climbing to biking and mountain boarding, and even carting around a computer as we worked on these reviews. We loaded each one side by side and made a close inspection of all the features to determine which packs are the easiest to use, and which ones were the most versatile. Each pack we tested had some standout qualities, but we narrowed it down to the most useful packs to hand out our awards.

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Download PDF – Featuring Stratos 24 – June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012

The Osprey Stratos 24 pack stands out for its innovative back panel. This panel makes the pack one of the most ventilated packs out there, but it also means the pack carries weight differently and does not fit as many things as efficiently as a pack like the Patagonia Refugio. The Stratos does have convenient features for hikers such as an ice axe carry and an easy to use trekking pole stash system. The Talon 22 and the Gregory Z30 have similarly designed back panels, but both of those packs leave less of a gap between the main compartment of the pack and your back, which means they are less ventilated, but hold weight slightly better. If you are looking for a pack that can hold a lot relative to its weight and bulk, try the frameless REI Trail 25 or Deuter Speed Lite 20.

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Download PDF – Featuring Stratos 24 – April 2012

April 20, 2012

What is it that separates a great pack from a good one? Streamline design, versatility, the right measure of features and none of the unessential, complex add-ons that just add weight and increase the chance of mechanical failure while on the trail. Admittedly, what a thru-hiker needs to break the AT land speed record and what makes a weekend warrior happy varies considerably–no pack can do everything perfectly. But the Stratos 24 comes damn close, targeting that sweet spot for people who discover hiking—and know it’ll become a growing obsession throughout their lifetime. The bag features Osprey’s spectacular AirSpeed suspension; the pack rests against your back on a mesh trampoline, while the pack contents are elevated on a curved platform. The space between the main compartment and your back create a veritable tornado of cooling air, from your waist to your shoulders. It’s one of the most comfortably harness systems we’ve tested. The single-panel top-load main pocket boasts 24 liters of storage (size medium), and is secured with dual nylon buckles. Mesh pockets on either side of the pack, on both sides of the hip belt, and on the left shoulder strap (perfect for sunglasses) expand storage options. The hydration-compatible pack also has two smaller pockets, one on the top for quick-grab items like food or a camera, and another tucked in over the top of the harness, complete with a key clip. And remember what we said about versatility? The Stratos has it in spades, including a removable rain fly and secure ice axe and trekking pole loops–ideal for when the novice hiker suddenly graduates the next level of gear nirvana.

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Download PDF – Featuring Stratos 24 – April 6, 2012

April 6, 2012

How to Pack to Climb a Volcano in the Congo

I’m so excited to be traveling with some Kenyan friends to the Democratic Republic of Congo to climb two active volcanoes. We’ll be sleeping on the rim of the 11,380-foot Nyiragongo volcano; to get there means a five-hour hike that starts in lush forest 12 miles outside of the town of Goma, continues in a steady rise over lava fields with a steep incline at the top of the caldera, from where we’ll have an awesome view of the world’s largest lava lake, which glows so brightly that it can be seen from neighboring Rwanda at night. We’re also going to hike the lower slope of Nyamulagira, a volcano that has been erupting from a side fissure since last November.

Some of the gear I’m bringing:

A new Osprey men’s Stratos 24-liter capacity daypack, frame size small. A friend who climbed Kilimanjaro recommended this pack to me because of its sweat-free back netting and overall well-balanced construction; it’s big enough for cameras, a change of dry clothes, water, snacks, and rain gear. I would have bought the women’s version, but it only came in blue and purple—colors you can’t take to countries where there are tsetse flies, because those awful biting bloodsucking creatures are attached to those hues. (Osprey: please think of your African clients!) I’m not using a bigger backpack because there will be porters carrying our tents and cooking equipment.

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Download PDF – Featuring Stratos 24 – April 4, 2012

April 4, 2012

The Stratos 24 pack stands out for its innovative back panel. This panel makes the pack one of the most ventilated packs out there. It also means the pack carries differently and does not fit as many things as efficiently as a pack like the Talon 22. Below are our first impressions. Check back soon for a full review.


The back panel is one of the most innovative and breatheable we have seen. Few other packs, if any, let this much air circulate. This design also means that sharp objects in the pack won’t poke into your back.

There is an innovative hiking pole stash system. This lets you quickly stash your poles if you get to a section where you need to use your hands.

The pack comes with a rain cover that stashes away into its own pocket. This pocket is ventilated at the bottom, which means you can put a wet rain cover or a wet base layer in there to start drying and not make the rest of your pack contents wet.

The side compression straps can be routed under or over the side mesh pocket. This cool feature lets you compress the pack and still have access to the side panel for a water bottle or other item.

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