Osprey Women's Sirrus 36 Backpack - Gear Review

Sunday, March 01, 2015

We had our gal Molly test out Osprey's Sirrus 36 pack, and in Hawaii of all places. (We are all more than a little jealous)  A great pack if you are looking for an all day adventure, or fast and light overnights.  Loaded with all the features and the quality and durability you'd expect from an Osprey bag, she was very impressed.  Here are her thoughts...

I tested the Osprey Women’s Sirrus 36 Backpack on the Kalalau Trial in Kauai.  The hike to the Hanakapi’ai Beach and Falls was 8 miles, 5 hours round trip which starts at sea level and covers various elevations throughout the hike. 

I loaded my pack with a rain jacket for inclement weather, a towel for a swim at the Falls, change of clothes, water, snacks and lunch and I still had plenty of room in the pack.  I highly recommend this pack if you are day hiking with children and need to carry extra supplies for the kids. 

Once the pack was loaded and fitted I tried it on.  I couldn't believe how lightweight it felt.  The curve of the front straps prevented any rubbing of the pack against my arms and bare skin in my tank top.  My favorite feature is the mesh back (which Osprey calls their Airspeed ventilation) that kept my back dry in the heat.  I could barely feel the pack next to my body.  The waist belt has a small pocket on each side.  It was the perfect size for my phone so I could easily take pictures without having to remove the pack.    

I am usually not a fan of top loading packs for day hikes but this pack has the front access panel which is a great feature and makes it very easy to access items inside the main compartment.   

The pack has over seven pockets, which I love.  I could keep my wet clothes separate from my dry clothes after my swim and it has plenty of small pockets for miscellaneous items. 

I would definitely recommend this pack if you are going on long day hikes or if you have children and need to carry extra supplies for the kids.   

Dimensions are shown as length (height) x width x depth
Size WXS/WS
IN: 26 x 13 x 12
CM: 65 x 33 x 31
Size WS/WM
IN: 28 x 14 x 12
CM: 70 x 33 x 31

MSRP: $159.95


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