Osprey Aura 35 2009

The Osprey Aura 35 rucksack is robust; medium back; no lid (zip top opener); top and inside mesh pockets; 2 large stretch side and 1 front stash pockets, 2 pole or ice axe loops, padded snack pocketed hipbelt; complex back vent. But it’s quite heavy at 1318g; tested as oversized by 5 litres at 40 litres; high price; top opening zip annoyingly obstructed by compression straps; uncomfy rigid base; drawcord opening is more durable than zip.

Osprey – tel. (01202) 413920; www.ospreypacks.com

Verdict: The Osprey Aura 35 is a well-vented rucksack but it has high price and is uncomfy despite its ladies’ fit.

First published in Trail magazine July 2009