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Osprey Lumina 45 Review

This light, sleek pack gets our award for Top Pick in Lightweight Design; it's made for the thru-hiker, or folks willing to go light to go fast.
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Price:  $250 List | $244.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Super lightweight, large stow pockets, compression straps, lightweight material
Cons:  Small overall capacity, very specialized, lacks versatility, expensive for size
Manufacturer:   Osprey
By Meg Atteberry and Jane Jackson  ⋅  May 8, 2019
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  • Comfort and Suspension - 45% 8
  • Organizational systems - 20% 7
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  • Adjustability - 15% 7

Our Verdict

Out of all the new, ultralight packs that have finally made it to the women's specific arena, the Osprey Lumina 45 was hands down our favorite model. This pack combines the comfort and suspension that is typical of Osprey packs with an incredibly light, streamlined design. For the ultimate lightweight adventure, look no further than the Lumina to carry all your high tech, ultralight camping gear. The minimal design is a bit overwhelming at first, but we ended up enjoying the simplicity of the few pockets and features this pack offers.


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Pros Super lightweight, large stow pockets, compression straps, lightweight materialVery comfortable, slimmed-down waist-belt and suspension system, easy-to-remove top lid, wide range of fitting options and adjustments, good number of pockets.Roomy, inexpensive, ultra comfortable, durable.Durable, comfortable even with heavier loads, streamlined features, great attachment points at outside of pack, integrated rain coverComfortable, lightweight, good set of features, large stow pockets
Cons Small overall capacity, very specialized, lacks versatility, expensive for sizeLarge, narrow contoured waistband gets in the way when putting the pack on (some users complain it's too narrow), suspension can feel bulky, expensive.Not many bells and whistles, set adjustment points, wider pack is difficult to fit a bear can comfortably.Main compartment is a little narrow, water bottle holster is awkward, requires thoughtful packingSimple suspension, lacks support
Bottom Line This light, sleek pack gets our award for Top Pick in Lightweight Design; it's made for the thru-hiker, or folks willing to go light to go fast.This award-winning pack has stood the test year after year with its streamlined, lightweight design and incredibly ventilated and comfortable back panel.The Osprey Renn combines comfort, volume, and price. This simple pack will take you anywhere and won’t break the bank.The Kyte 46 is a small, but mighty pack, built for a more advanced user. The comfortable wear allows you to tackle rough terrain with ease.The Octal 55 is light, simple, and still provides for tons of storage space.
Rating Categories Osprey Lumina 45 Osprey Aura AG 65 Osprey Renn 65 Osprey Kyte 46 Gregory Octal 55
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Specs Osprey Lumina 45 Osprey Aura AG 65 Osprey Renn 65 Osprey Kyte 46 Gregory Octal 55
Measured Weight (pounds) (medium) 1.86 lbs 4.63 lbs 3.93 lbs 3.42 lbs 2.58 lbs
Volumes Available (liters) 45, 60 50, 65 50, 65 35, 45 45, 55
Organization: Enclosed Compartments Main compartment, front pocket & w side pockets, lid Main compartment, lid, front pocket, side access pockets, dual front access pockets Main compartment, lid, side pockets main compartment, lid, 2 mesh side pockets, 2 hip belt pockets, lid pocket, front mesh pocket, internal sleeping bag pocket Main compartment, lid, front shove-it pocket
Access Top Top, side Top Top Top
Hydration Yes Yes Hyration compatible Hydration compatible Yes
Women's Specific Features Women's specific fit and sizing Women's specific fit Women's Specific fit & sizing Women's specific fit Women's specific fit
Sleeping bag Compartment No Yes No Yes No
Bear Can Compatible No Yes yes - but awkward tight fit Tight fit
Main Materials 100D NanoFly Cordura, 100D ripstop polyethylene, 300D ripstop Silnylon Nylon 600D polyester 210D x 630D Nylon Nylon
Sizes Available XS,S,M XS,S,M One size XS/S, M/L XS,S,M
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Limited lifetime

Our Analysis and Test Results

As the lightest pack in this review, we were surprised to see that the Osprey Lumina 45 was also able to hold its own across the board in our performance comparisons. The feature set on this pack is simple, but all you need to travel light, while the suspension system provides support and comfort, even with heavy loads.

Performance Comparison



Comfort and Suspension


The beauty of the Osprey Lumina 45 is the fact that the pack is incredibly lightweight while still providing support and comfort. The shoulder straps and hip belt, while not excessively padded, are wide and made of soft mesh.


This construction makes them both breathable and relatively comfortable as the width disperses the load and reduces the potential for hot spots. We enjoyed the shoulder straps on the Lumina more than those of the Osprey Eja 58, even though the latter had more padding. The Thule Versant 60, while being a much heavier pack and made for an entirely different purpose also had comfortable shoulder straps.

The waist belt  though lacking padding  is wide and made of mesh  making it very comfortable.
The waist belt, though lacking padding, is wide and made of mesh, making it very comfortable.

The 3D-tensioned breathable back panel on the Lumina 45 feels like a trampoline against your back. Adding a bit of weight to the pack makes the suspension system more comfortable.

The idea behind this pack is that the suspension will still provide support via the aluminum frame while allowing airflow and ventilation through the mesh paneling. All of this makes for a comfortable carry, with very little additional weight. The Lumina is much like a very streamlined version of the Osprey Ariel AG or the Osprey Aura AG. Both of these packs provide plenty of comfort and support due to the Anti-Gravity suspension system, that somewhat resembles the suspension of the Lumina.

Weight


As far as weight goes, the Lumina soars above (or below) its contenders. This pack weighs a total of 1.86 pounds, which is 2-3 pounds lighter than the majority of the packs in this review.


The only two packs that come close to the Lumina are the REI Flash 45, which weighs 2.31 pounds, and the Gregory Octal 55, which weighs 2.58 pounds. This additional weight may be worth it for the versatility that both of these packs have over the very specific Lumina. The lightweight nature of this pack means that storage and extra padding are the two features that are lacking.

The slim hip belt and shoulder straps of the Lumina are shown above. Though they are not very well padded  they are still comfortable and provide tons of ventilation.
The slim hip belt and shoulder straps of the Lumina are shown above. Though they are not very well padded, they are still comfortable and provide tons of ventilation.

Organizational Systems


This pack is one of the simplest regarding features among all the packs in this review. That means that the Lumina also gets a relatively high score in the ease-of-use metric.


The most significant downside to the Lumina is that it is almost too small. As far as storage goes, this pack is minimalist. The body is very narrow, so it's tough to fit much into it. Unlike models with broad bottoms, like the Osprey Aura AG, the Lumina does not have much room in the bottom of the pack for sleeping bags or bear cans.

The Osprey Eja 58 is a better option for an ultralight pack that can fit a bear can. This narrow shape also makes it a bit tough to pack — we found that even a sleeping bag is hard to shove into the bottom of this pack without taking up too much space. For those who have pared down their kit to the essentials, the Lumina will feel like a dream, whereas those who want to bring more may look toward a pack like the Osprey Aura AG.

Though the Lumina is narrow  it has the ability to extend upward with the added material shown above. This allowed us to get a little more into this streamlined pack.
Though the Lumina is narrow, it has the ability to extend upward with the added material shown above. This allowed us to get a little more into this streamlined pack.

Compared to packs like the Gregory Deva or the Osprey Aura AG, this pack is as complicated as a canvas sack. But of course, it is more advanced than that! The Lumina has a few large, external stow pockets, similar to the Gregory Octal 55. It also has a full-size lid with two zip pockets for small, essential items. Another feature we should note is the incredibly lightweight material that composes this pack. The nylon that makes up this pack feels as thin as a plastic bag and is what allows this pack to retain a frame and simple suspension system with low overall weight.

Packing up the Lumina is no joke. There is no room for extra gear with this sleek little pack.
Packing up the Lumina is no joke. There is no room for extra gear with this sleek little pack.

Adjustability


Most lightweight packs don't offer much in the way of adjustability, and the Lumina is no exception. The hip belt is attached to the pack, so features such as the Fit-on-the-Fly adjustable hip belt, as you see on the Osprey Aura is, unsurprisingly, nowhere to be found.

The top lid is not removable, and the compression straps (more like bungees) can be adjusted somewhat. Lastly, like the REI FLASH this pack either fits or it doesn't; there is no option to adjust the shoulder straps.

Best Applications


This pack suits a specific use. It is small, streamlined, and incredibly lightweight, and probably too specific for the majority of backpackers out there. The Lumina 45 is designed for the thru-hiker, for the folks who carry very little and travel very fast. We were excited to see a women's specific pack for the ultralight hiker, but also realize that this is a niche market. If you are not concerned with keeping your base weight low or do not find yourself weighing the extra straps on your pack, debating whether or not to remove them, then this pack is not for you. The Osprey Eja 58 is a slightly larger, heavier option that is better suited for those who still want to go light but want to carry a bit more.

Checking out view with the Osprey Lumina.
Checking out view with the Osprey Lumina.

Value


Because it is for such a specific use, the Lumina 45 comes at a fairly high price for a pack with a relatively small capacity. This pack goes for $250, which is on the more expensive end of the spectrum. It is made of the lightest material on the market, while still maintaining a full frame and supportive suspension, so it makes sense that this specialized design comes with a high price tag. If you are certain you need a pack that is this light and streamlined, then the cost of the Lumina should not be too much of a deterrent.

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Conclusion


In the end, we liked the Osprey Lumina because of its specificity. We were happy to see that Osprey came out with an ultralight pack designed specifically with women in mind. The Lumina also has comfortable, breathable shoulder straps and hip belt, along with an innovative suspension system that is both light and functional. Though it comes at a cost, this pack is a great investment for women who are after long thru-hikes where ounces matter.


Meg Atteberry and Jane Jackson