Osprey Aura 35

This daysack is a little different to most others and deserves a closer look. It is entered via a zip-around opening, rather than the normal lid closure. The zip is protected by a stormflap that helps to keep out the rain. The stretchy fabric front pocket provides a superior alternative to the elastic you sometimes get on packs for extra stowing of gear. There are compression straps for the sides and the base, and an internal pocket can be accessed from both inside and outside the pack. The back system is fully adjustable, vented and exceptionally comfortable. The hipbelt comes with mesh pockets on each side, which are handy for hats and gloves. But the external pockets will not hold a bottle, should you want to keep some water separate and handy. There is also no rain cover supplied, and although the back system has a cavity, it is not as exposed to air movement as some other designs are.

 

Manufacturer’s capacity: 35 litres
Trail tested capacity: 35 litres
Materials: 210D Broken twill Cordura high tenacity nylon, 210D double ripstop Cordura high tenacity nylon, stretch-woven nylon with Lycra
Features: adjustable vented back system, zip around entry with turn-down zip protection, front stretch pocket, mesh pockets on hipbelt, compression straps
Weight: 1200g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK: England 8; Wales 3; Scotland 4; Ireland 1

Verdict: Buy it if you’re not deterred by the technical appearance, for if it fits you it will be such a comfortable rucksack.