OSPREY AURA 35

Review: The Aura’s BioStretch harness is one of the most comfortable and stable we’ve tested, with a lovely soft mesh hip belt and shoulder straps which kept even heavy loads stable and comfortable. Disappointingly, the tall, slim shape meant it restricted head movement, unlike the more compact design of others. However, with a bit of careful tweaking this wasn’t too much of a problem. We also loved the lightweight feel and modern design. The huge zipped main compartment easily carried everything needed for a long winter walk, and we really liked the selection of pockets, especially the very useful stretch pocket on the front and zip pockets on each hip fin. The loops on the shoulder straps were also really handy for attaching walking poles when we wanted our hands free.
VITAL STATS
Capacity: 35 litres
Main compartment: Zipped
Back system: Airspeed suspension (concave)
Other features: Hip belt with zipped mesh pockets, zipped top pockets, stretch woven side pockets,
pole loops
Colours: Brown sugar, baja blue
Contact: 01202 413920, www.ospreypacks.comVerdict: An expensive but top-quality pack with masses of space for kit on long walks. Dripping with lots of really useful features, it has a modern design and is built to last, too. One for the walking connoisseur.