Update, July 2016: It was just right for my short Camino, but read my Backpack Review After the Camino for my thoughts about why I am sizing up for my longer Camino next year.
The Osprey Sirrus Women’s 24 Pack
Yes, this is half the size of the REI Traverse, but I won’t need 48 liter capacity on a short (10 day) Camino in late May. I intend to pack extremely light because the Camino provides all the heavy stuff along the way, such as shelter, a bed, food, water, and plenty of pilgrim resources should I need something. I am refining my packing list and will include that in a “Will it fit?” test later. For now, I want to share what I like about the Osprey Sirrus—for she’s a real beauty with a smart design.
Osprey Sirrus Women’s 24 Pack Specs:
- Women-specific harness and hipbelt provide a dialed-in fit; eye-pleasing colors and graphics look great wherever you roam
- Breathable, tensioned mesh back panel allows warm, moist air to escape
- Panel-loading main compartment makes your gear easy to access
- Internal sleeve with hanger and central exit port with stretch webbing on the shoulder strap accommodates a hydration reservoir (sold separately)
- Mesh side pockets and zippered hipbelt pockets hold small essentials
- Stow on the Go™ trekking pole attachment and ice axe attachment let you lash tools to the outside of the pack
- Integrated raincover helps keep contents dry and stashes out of the way in its own pocket when not in use
- The Osprey Sirrus 24 Pack is made of 210-denier double ripstop nylon and 420-denier nylon pack cloth for durability
- Weight: 2 lbs. 5 oz.
- Gear Capacity: S/M 1,465 cubic inches, 24 liters
My favorite features are the large panel zip opening, the mesh back panel, and the comfortable shoulder straps. I brought it to Kauai and hiked 25 miles over the course of 5 days. It fit inside my large rolling suitcase, which is something I will need to do again when I’m on a tour of Portugal prior to my Camino. I also used it on the Walk in the Redwoods. A few people who haven’t walked the Camino yet seemed worried that it wasn’t going to be big enough, but the veteran pilgrims approved of the drastic downsize. I do not want to be weighed down with extra stuff and put more strain on my body. I know that the Camino will provide.
Below are a few photos from my hikes in Kauai. It was HOT, so it was a great opportunity to see how this back mesh panel kept my back cooler.
The Osprey Sirrus is currently priced at $119.95 and can be purchased online from REI.