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Osprey Stratos 34
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Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award  
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Pros Sturdy suspension, excellent ventilationComfortable, stabilizes heavy loads, thoughtful design, modular, recycled fabricsComfortable, ultralight, versatile, effective featuresTons of features, fully adjustable, comfortable, well ventilated, separate hydration compartmentGreat range of motion, excellent external carry, durable, well-executed side access
Cons Heavy for the small volume, bulky, restricts movement during dynamic activitiesNon-adjustable frame, only decent ventilationLacks ventilation, lots of cords, steep learning curveRuns small, side mesh pockets are debatably smallNo lower compression straps, not water-resistant
Bottom Line The best pack for maximizing organization and comfortA function-over-form backpack for carrying big loads in any conditionsThis daypack transitions seamlessly from running to scrambling or winter travel, all the while staying comfortable and easy to useTime tested and a top pick for versatility, this pack wins our Editors' Choice awardWith durable fabric and a comfortable carry, this pack is stellar for mountain adventures
Rating Categories Osprey Stratos 34 REI Co-op Traverse 35 Salomon XA 25 Osprey Talon 22 Black Diamond Bolt 24
Comfort (25%)
9
10
10
9
9
Weight (25%)
3
7
9
7
6
Versatility (25%)
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7
Ease Of Use (15%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs Osprey Stratos 34 REI Co-op Traverse... Salomon XA 25 Osprey Talon 22 Black Diamond Bolt...
Weight (ounces) 50.82 53.69 15.25 27.44 33.13
Measured volume (liters) 28.88 48.34 29.4 22.56 25.8
Back Construction Suspended mesh panel Spring steel Vented EVA foam Vented, contoured OpenAir back panel for airflow
Hydration Internal hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve, 2 included 500ml soft flasks Externally accessed sleeve, holds up to 3L, bladder not included External hydration sleeve
Hipbelt Broad, padded, seamless 3D Contoured hip belt Thin webbing, nonremoveable Broad, padded, with pockets Padded, with pockets
Number of pockets 10 9 10 9 7
Description of Pockets 1 main zippered, 2 elastic top mesh side, 2 waist belt zippered, 1 back zipper and velcro closure, 2 top zippered, 1 bottom zippered, 1 bottom zippered for rain cover 1 main top loader, 1 outer flap with nylon/stretchy-mesh, 1 outer zippered, 1 top lid zippered, 1 top lid mesh, 2 side stretchy mesh, 2 hip belt 2 front stretch, 2 front flask pockets, 2 front top-of-shoulder stretch, 2 front zippered, 1 main roll-top, 1 large back stretch mesh with clip 1 main compartment zippered, 1 stretchy mesh shoulder strap, 2 waist zippered, 2 side stretchy mesh, 1 back stretchy mesh, 1 top zippered, 1 open hydration reservoir pocket behind back panel 1 top-loader main, 1 zippered lid, 2 side stretchy mesh, 1 raincover pocket (raincover isn't included), 1 hipbelt pocket, 1 outer crampon/stuff pocket
Materials 420D nylon packcloth Recycled 200D ripstop nylon, recycled 400D Oxford packcloth 82% Polyamide, 18% Polyethylene Nylon 210D ripstop
Outside Carry Options Sleeping pad straps (bottom), ice axe loop and bungee holder, front-side pole carry bungee loops Ice axe loop and bungee holder, 12 attachment loops along bottom and sides of pack perimeter double-cinched cord for poles/axes, pole carry on front or back Bungee helmet tab, Blinker light patch, ice axe loop and bungee holder, front-side pole carry bungee loops Trekking pole lash points, ice axe attachments, daisy chains, bike light clip
Whistle Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Key Clip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other Notable Features Bottom compartment is very large but takes up space in main compartment Uplift compression straps really tighten down the load, included raincover Running-vest style suspension, comes with soft flasks which fit into strap pockets on chest Blinker patch, front-side pole carry loops Swing-arm suspension
Weight : Volume (oz/L) 1.76 1.11 0.52 1.22 1.28
Weight : Volume Ranking Heavyweight Midweight Ultralight Midweight Midweight
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