Earlier this year I spent 17 days walking the length of the Cambrian Way, a high-level route from Conwy in north Wales, to Cardiff in the south. Before I set off I spent a lot of time thinking about my gear choices as I knew that even the smallest of details could make a big difference when taking on 23,800m of total ascent over just 300 miles.
The Osprey Stratos 50 was the pack that I decided to settle on.
Why did I choose the Osprey Stratos? It was the combination of its fairly small capacity of 50 litres (I was trying to take a bit of a minimalist approach), and also its comfy-looking and well-ventilated back system. I’d already tried out a number of different packs by Osprey, including the Talon, Aether, Atmos AG and Kestrel, and they’d all rated highly in terms of comfort, so I expected it to be a good bet.
Osprey Stratos 50: Comfort
The version that I tested out is the newest one, released for Spring/Summer 2017. It’s also available in a number of smaller capacities, and in a women’s fit called the Sirrus. While there are some small differences between this model of the Stratos and the previous one regarding pockets, straps and zip placement, the most obvious difference lies in the back system. There’s now the potential to adjust the back length – and quickly and easily to boot – via a simple tear and replace Velcro panel.