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Osprey Sirrus 24 Review

This pack is loaded with features, though lacks a few usability details and runs a touch small
Osprey Sirrus 24
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Pros:  Comfortable, well-ventilated, adjustable torso length, included rain cover
Cons:  Heavy, difficult to access hydration pocket, rigid structure is an odd fit
Manufacturer:   Osprey
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 21, 2021
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RANKED
#4 of 14
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Versatility - 25% 8
  • Weight - 25% 5
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Durability - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Osprey Sirrus 24 is a great daypack that continues to be one of our favorites over the years. It's comfortable, has lots of padding and an open mesh back, and lots of great extras. While it only comes in one size, the back does adjust up to four inches, one of just a few packs in this review to do so. Ultimately, it comes down to a choice between a back panel made of comfortable, squishy padding, or the less padded but greater airflow design of the Sirrus. If you get hot easily while hiking, this design may be more comfortable for you, and we love the bag itself.

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Pros Comfortable, well-ventilated, adjustable torso length, included rain coverComes with hydration bladder, very comfortable hip belt, good capacity, solidly constructedGreat ventilation, backpack-like comfort, useful pockets and attachments, well built, intuitive useAdjustable torso length, very durable, great features and pocketsGood for on-the-go, secure fit, fits more than expected, many shoulder strap pockets
Cons Heavy, difficult to access hydration pocket, rigid structure is an odd fitU-shaped top opening is smaller, some pockets are less convenientOne size only, heavy, lame hip belt webbing systemRuns a bit small, front stow pocket a bit smallOpens unconventionally, meant for more specific use, not rainproof
Bottom Line This pack is loaded with features, though lacks a few usability details and runs a touch smallA super comfortable pack with a unique waist belt system and included hydration bladder for the serious day hikerAll the comfort and security of a full backpack in a bite-sized daypackA versatile, durable, and comfortable pack that works just as well on the trail as in townA lightweight, securely fitting pack, cleverly designed for use on the go
Rating Categories Osprey Sirrus 24 CamelBak Sequoia 24 Gregory Juno 24L Osprey Tempest 20 Chimera 18
Comfort (25%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Versatility (25%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Weight (25%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
Ease Of Use (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (10%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Osprey Sirrus 24 CamelBak Sequoia 24 Gregory Juno 24L Osprey Tempest 20 Chimera 18
Weight (oz) 43 oz 36 oz 31 oz 31 oz 17 oz
Volume/Capacity (liters) 24L 24L 24L 20L 18L
Back Construction Ventilated tensioned mesh AirSupport(TM) backpanel; mesh covered foam panels with air flow channels VaporSpan ventilated mesh AirScape backpanel; large spaced horizontal padding bars covered by large-holed mesh FlashDry backpanel; lightly padded and covered in fine mesh
Hydration Internal hydration sleeve External hydration sleeve and 3L Crux reservoir included Internal hydration sleeve External hydration sleeve External hydration sleeve
Hipbelt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, webbing
Compartments 1 2 1 1 2
Rain Cover Yes No No, but DWR finish No No
Additional pockets 7 6 6 8 7
Outside Carry Options Trekking pole attachment, trekking pole quick-stow, ice axe loop, 2 side strech pockets, 3 zippered pockets, 2 zippered hip pockets Trekking pole and ice axe attachments, side pocket, expandable overflow pocket, hip belt pockets (one zip, two stretch), daisy chain, hydration hose clip Lare exterior stretch pocket, 2 stretch side pockets, 2 zippered hip belt pockets, 1 zippered pocket, hiking pole storage, ice axe loop Lidlock helmet attachment, trekking pole quick-stow, large stretch front pocket, ice tool loop with bungee tie-off, side pockets, hip belt pockets, sunglasses shoulder stow, bike light loop Trekking pole and ice axe attachment, side pockets, expandable front stuff pocket, four small pockets on shoulder straps, loops on shoulder straps
Whistle Yes No Yes Yes No
Key Clip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Materials 210D nylon body, 420D nylon bottom 420D oxford nylon 210D Honeycomb Cryptorip nylon, 420D reinforced bottom 70D x 100D nylon body, accent and bottom 420HD nylon packcloth 70D ripstop nylon, closed-cell foam, elastic pockets
Notable Features Integrated rain cover, ice axe loop, trekking pole quick-stow, adjustable back Hydration bladder included, hydration pocket has blue zipper pull, removable metal stiffening rod in center of back. multiple pockets in both hip belts, several internal stretch pockets, U-shaped top zipper Sunglasses stow loops, hydration hose attachment, trekking pole attachment Helmet attachment, trekking pole quick-stow, sunglasses quick-stow, bike light loop, shoulder strap pocket, stowable ice axe loops Dyno Cinch System connects shoulder straps and waist webbing as one system, cinch cord for top and sides of pack all one system, main and small zippered compartments are opened via side zips for one-shoulder access

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Osprey Sirrus 24 is made with 210-Denier nylon with 420-Denier nylon on the bottom. It comes loaded with many great features, including a rain cover and open mesh back design.

Performance Comparison


Some recent updates to the Sirrus make it a feature-filled bag with...
Some recent updates to the Sirrus make it a feature-filled bag with a rigid backpanel.
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Comfort


This pack received a high score for comfort. There's ample padding in the flexible shoulder straps, which are thick and comfortable if a bit inelegant. The hip belt has more tapered edges but the padding is a bit thinner than the shoulder straps. Unlike previous versions, this latest iteration has taller wings and wider webbing that cover a comfortable amount of our hip bones. The suspended mesh back design is comfortable against your back, though the sides of the pack wrap around farther than we'd like, limiting airflow behind the panel. Though the torso length is adjustable, this panel is more rigid than most models. Rather than flexing with you as you move, it has a tendency to pop off your hips and ride upward as you walk, unless only moderately tightened.

The hip belt of the Sirrus is comfortable, but the rigid structure...
The hip belt of the Sirrus is comfortable, but the rigid structure of the back panel doesn't move with you very well when it's tightened all the way down.
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Versatility


The Sirrus is loaded with useful features that are handy for just about any adventure. There's a rain cover that stores in a pouch at the bottom of the pack, side compression straps and top buckle compression straps (for attaching a rope around the top of the bag), an ice axe holder loop with a bungee cord, and several different smaller organizational pockets. It also has Osprey's "stow on the go" trekking pole attachment, which lets you stow them quickly under your arm and up into a shoulder strap. This is great for quick storage when you want to scramble up a boulder or other hands-free needs, but not so great for any longer than that. Overall though, the features are great and well-thought-out.

The Sirrus is full of features in specific configurations that are...
The Sirrus is full of features in specific configurations that are useful, if not always flexible in their usage.
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Weight


At 43 ounces, this is one of the heaviest packs in our review, though it does include an integrated rain cover. Additionally, the open mesh back requires an internal frame (which more and more daypacks are ditching), and that and the more durable material adds to the overall weight of the pack. If you don't need or want the extra airflow, carry minimal stuff in your pack, and want all of your gear to be as light as possible, there are other, lighter options out there that forego the internal framing and helpfully distributed pack weight. But for what you get, we think the ounces are justified.

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Ease of Use


We think that overall this pack is fairly easy to use, with long zippers, lots of useful pockets, and decent organization for on the go. If you're the type of person who always carries a large hydration bladder, you might not enjoy the difficult-to-access pocket for your gear. The very rigid corners of this pack prevent you from opening the elastic-topped pocket as wide as you'd want, if you're trying to fit a full 3L water bladder. The hose hole is also very small and tight — we couldn't fit the mouthpiece of our Platypus hydration hose through it and had to detach it and thread it through the opposite way to make it fit. The Sirrus 24 comes in only one size, but it has an adjustable torso length that takes the back from 15 to 19 inches. In that sense, it is one of the more adjustable packs in our review group. However, it does seem to run small, with our main tester (17 to 17.5-inch torso length) finding herself on the upper limit of this pack.

The extremely rigid back panel makes it difficult to fully open this...
The extremely rigid back panel makes it difficult to fully open this pack for easy access to the hydration sleeve. The larger the bladder, the more difficult it is to slide into this difficult to access spot.
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Durability


As we've come to expect from Osprey packs, the Sirrus impresses us with its durability, and we gave it top marks in this metric. It's made with a heavier 210-Denier nylon in the body (many other packs in this review use only 100-Denier nylon, which won't hold up as well to spiky plants and sharp rocks) and there is a 420-Denier panel on the bottom for extra durability in that high-wear spot. Osprey also stands by their products and will repair or replace defects or structural damage (but not cosmetic wear and tear).

This pack is well built of durable materials with key areas...
This pack is well built of durable materials with key areas reinforced.
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Value


This is one of the more expensive packs in this review. It has a few quirks that might not be right for everyone but comes fully loaded with helpful features that just might be exactly what you're looking for.

Conclusion


There's a lot to like about the Osprey Sirrus 24. It's a comfortable daypack with an above-average amount of back ventilation. We are not a big fan of the hip belt, which kept riding up onto our waist, and think the structured back panel detracts from the bag's overall usability, but we love the features and pockets of this handy bag.

Ready to explore with the fully-featured Sirrus.
Ready to explore with the fully-featured Sirrus.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg