Best Backpack for Hiking
I love my new Stratos! The backpack has a high quality and is very comfortable, in Addition to that, it has a lot of pockets, which is very useful for hiking. All in all I am glad, that I bought the Stratos.
Fits great on your back, but not 34L
Returning this bag today, it is an amazing bag, don't get me wrong, it fits nicely on my back, up to 15 kg really nicely. Only problem is the "34L". This bag is is an hourglass shape, making it really hard to fit anything in. I can cary just as much as I can cary in my talon 22,so big bummer
Un portage impeccable, des poches multifonctions et une forme très appréciable. La poche basse séparée permet de ranger distinctement la polaire chaude et la veste imperméable.
Tout est parfait comme d'habitude dans les sacs OSPREY, c'est le troisième que j'achète et ne suis jamais déçu, dommage que les WE ne soient pas aussi longs que les semaines, cela me permettrait de les user un peu plus.
Is the Stratos 34 great? It depends....
We purchased this backpack after hours of testing in a local outdoor outfitter with lots of help from the Shops staff. We asked for a day-trip backback and I ended up with the Stratos 34. For me it's exactly between two worlds because it's really on the low side when it comes to capacity. For a day-tour I allways like to have some extra clothing-layers that I can store in my backpack and when it's colder it is very very tight insight the backback: 2x 1L bottles of water, 1x rain jacket, 1x wind-jacket, 1x merino-hoody (or sometimes a Isolation-jacket in a compression-bag), 1x rain-trousers (all packed in zip-packs) 1x small lunch-box, some energy bars and some Little peaces in the upper case of the backpack. And with all this stuff there is no space left in the big case - and even worse: when the main case is completely full: you will have a hard time to put a lot of things in the front case because this case fills towards the inside of the backpack. It's a great backpack with a lot of cases and nice options, but it could be a bit more bigger inside. My Stratos 34 is the L version with a long back-part and it's not possible to carry it as hand-luggage on flights.
So far so good
Only had the bag for 6 weeks and not used enough to provide a full review but so far the most comfortable bag that I have ever bought. Easy access to lots of pockets so great for the way I use it.
Well made rucksack
Purchased the Stratos 34 after looking at the specifications and reviews. The pack looks well made and sturdy. Although not used it on any long hikes yet. Fully loaded (about 10 kg) the rucksack was very comfortable.The rucksack was delivered quickly and in good condition. Not sure if l will get in on an airplane as hand luggage due to decreasing size restrictions.
Two little gripes, although rectified.
Loose strap ends, annoying in windy weather. Sorted with Velcro one wrap ties.
Hiking pole fastening. I like many hikers carry a pole just in case of difficult terrain. The bag has a ‘stow on the go option’ but that is not suitable if you just want to carry the walking pole all day.
The customer service stated to use the ‘stow on the go’. The bag is stated to be for hikers, not sure what most hikers want an ice axe for, the loop could be used for poles.
Purchased the rucksack at the wrong time, as a short time after purchasing, a free Hydraulics reservoir on offer. Never mind, looking forward to trying the Stratos out on a long hike.
Careful with sizes
Careful with sizes (S / M vs M / L), I advise you to go to a store and try them to see the one that suits you, measure is treacherous. I'm in between and I opted for M / L, which was a mistake in hindsight. I thought that once I have my sweater and my jacket, I'd gain a size. The suspenders can be adjusted too. Unfortunately for me, the structure itself passes slightly above my head so it is difficult to adjust the weight with the load adjusters (they lift the straps too much). As the structure is curved, the weight is naturally further from the back which worsens the problem so that's why its crucial to get it right.
If you do get the size right it should be a great backpack though and the ventilation does work!
This is my second Osprey rucksack, build quality is second to none.
This being my second Osprey bag the quality and attention to detail are amazing. The Stratos 34 is great for my day hikes and for short overnight stays. More than enough storage for my needs and built in rain cover is a great addition. 5 star backpack with 5 star service as always.
Good, except with salt water
I like this little backpack. I have it now a few years, and it is still OK. I like especially the frame that let the air go through. There is however one big minus. When the zippers comes in contact with salt water, you have to rinse it very good, else the salt is getting in the zippers, and it will become almost impossible to open / close the zipper.
I bought this for my husband after I purchased the Sirrus for myself.
He finds it very comfortable and loves the various straps which makes it easy to adjust. to get the balance correct.
No complaints from him. He would recommend it.