Osprey Aura 50L

This 41-50 litre pack has all the required features for a good day on the hill and as usual they are all presented in Osprey’s unique style. The stretchy pocket on the front makes for easy stowing of excess pieces of clothing, while the two front pockets on either side are a great size. The lid also comes with an external pocket and the lid itself can be removed to either save weight or double up as a pillow. Unlike many of the packs of this size, the Aura has been designed with a vented back system to help keep you cool. It is also a particularly light pack, especially considering it is 50 litres. But it would be nice to have an extra drawstring on the snow lock and a compression strap for when the lid is removed. This pack is also in the top price bracket and may be considered expensive if not being used often.


Sex: men’s and women’s
Manufacturer’s capacity: 50 litres
Trail tested capacity: 50 litres
Fabric: 210d broken twill Cordura high tenacity nylon and 210d double-ripstop Cordura high tenacity nylon
Features: adjustable shoulder straps and hipbelt, side and base compression straps, walking pole and axe attachment, bladder-compatible
Weight: 1500g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK: England 17; Wales 0; Scotland 5; Ireland 0

Verdict: Buy it if you love quality and want something a little special.