Nice backpack that could have been great
I bought the Hikelite 26 for a two-day jungle trek in Vietnam. While porters carried a part of our belongings, the Hikelite perfectly fitted a helmet, camera, tripod, jacket, a 2L water bladder and some personal items. The zipper opened far enough to access these items easily. The mesh back panel made the Hikelite very comfortable to wear along the 22 km trail, even in these warm and humid conditions. I also chose this backpack, because it is very light. This was a big plus, since I also used this as a carry-on bag on a domestic flight.
It’s a bit of a hit-and-miss with the Hikelite 26, unfortunately. It is great as a backpack when hiking in nature, but it lacks functionality in urban conditions. As described by others, water bottles tend to fall out of the side pockets easily once your bag isn't filled enough and the compression straps (really placed to low) push out the bottles even further. The bag would have been more functional if it could hold bottles when it would not have been filled to the max.
I also missed an internal pocket to keep, at least, a phone, wallet and passport safe. There’s only a small pocket with zipper on the outside, but when walking around at a busy outdoor market or traveling by crowded public transportation, I don’t like to make it too easy for pickpockets to get to my valuable belongings. Just a mesh inner lining with a zipper in the main compartment would have been perfect.
The Hikelite 26 is a very comfortable backpack to wear, and you’d want to wear it everyday in different conditions. It’s well made, but lacks functionality to make this nice backpack a great versatile backpack, especially with a quite high price of €90.
+ comfortable to wear
- no internal pocket for valuable items
- side pockets do not hold bottles all the time
Très bon produit de randonnée pour la journée
J'ai marché sur les Chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle pendant 18 jours. Ce sac est parfait pour porter les besoins de la journée. Le plus le couvre-sac inclus. Le moins le manque de profondeur de la poche ouverte sur le devant, pas très fiable.
Ho comprato questo zaino, sarebbe ottimo ma con la sacca idrica da 3lt osprey, durante ogni movimento si sente un rumore fastidioso della sacca a contattocon lo zaino.
Outside pockets not sufficient
For this price point one would expect great functionality. Almost all water bottles fall out of the side pockets. Main reason is that the straps are placed too low. The front stowaway pocket is very shallow and has no stretch or ventilation. Thus anything will fall out of the front pocket easily (unless the entire pack is stuffed completely and the straps are super tight. And anything in it won't easily dry due to the material.
The packpack I was waiting for !
I am pilgrim since ten years and walked with it last autumn from Paris to Santiago de Compostela and this spring from Sevilla to Rocamadour. More or less 4500 kilometers. It's exactly the backpack for ultralight walkers (me: 4,5 kilos including the Hikelite, without water). After these two walks it's almost like new: It just needs to be washed ! I already tried before others Osprey: Exos 45, Talon 33, Manta 28. All with perfect quality but the Hikelite is perfect for ultralight long treks. Which means you can use it eyes shut for a day trip ! I insert a 2 liters water bag in the pocket inside, not bottle in the strech side pockets, without any problem. 6 stars !
Perfect for ultra light walkers
I walked from Paris to Santiago and from Sevilla to Rocamadour (2400 kms) with it.This is the backpack I was wayting for !
hikeilte 26 - my favorite back pack
great back pack for so many opportunities. Whether on journey, short trips by food or with my bike or e-scooter. Every day I have it with me. Not only a very nice design. Additionally a well-thought product, when I compare it with others. Great and quick customer service. Thank you much, dear Osprey-Team.
I think this is an extremely good day bag, and is very light and comfortable to use. I'd have to agree with the side pocket assertion, but went with the water reservoir as a result and have had no issues as a result.
Love it but bottle pockets are useless
I really love my Hikelite, use it every day when I cycle to work. However, like others have said here, the bottle pockets simply suck. They are completely useless, bottles of 0.5 liters or also 1.0 liters ALWAYS fall out. I have not had this experience with other Osprey bags (I had a Sirius, which had much tighter bottle pockets). Real disappointment. I know that a bottle would maybe stay in the pocket if the daypack is packed really full, but probably many people (like me) often don't pack it to the max.
ottimo prodotto come da aspettative.