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Product: Osprey Kyte 26 Backpack

Brand: Osprey Packs

June 25, 2020

Bottom Line

This is a multi-use pack that works for many different situations. It is the perfect pack for a light overnight backpacking trip in the summer, a ten mile hike up a peak, or even just a short day hike.

Field Notes

When I purchased this backpack, Osprey was advertising the Osprey Kyte line, and the men’s Kestrel version, as being a “Quiver of One” pack. This has been so true!

I love this pack. It is the perfect pack for a light overnight backpacking trip in the summer, a ten mile hike up a peak, or even just a short hike. It is comfortable, whether it is stuffed full or almost empty. The configuration of the pack makes it great for loading and unloading, with quick access to items even deep in the bottom of the pack, during a hike.

Main Features:

  • Breathable AirScape ridged foam backpanel with adjustable torso length
  • External reservoir sleeve
  • Zippered sleeping bag compartment with floating divider
  • Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
  • Integrated removable raincover
  • Hip belt with pockets and sternum strap
  • 2 large mesh side pouches

One of my favorite features is the sleeping bag compartment. I use a Timbuk2 Snoop camera pouch to carry my camera, plus an extra lens or small film camera, with some protection while we are out hiking. This camera pack fits perfectly in this bottom "sleeping bag" compartment and makes it super easy to access camera gear from the bottom of the bag. This allows me to store all my other items in the top of the pack that is easily accessed through the drawstring top closure, or the really smart side access zipper.

Since I got my pack, Osprey redesigned the pack a bit, but all of the basic features remain. It seems the styling was updated to the newer Osprey look, but the great functionality of this pack remains. The pack is an excellent choice for a "quiver of one", do-it-all pack!

testing environment

Hiking, backpacking for an overnight, hiking with camera gear

Pros

  • Easy access side zipper
  • Ridged back panel for great airflow
  • Adjustable shoulder straps to dial in the perfect fit
  • Zippered sleeping bag compartment with divider, to stow camera gear separate from other gear, or just to keep the pack well organized
  • Compression straps that adjust for a day hike or an overnight, and keep the bag compressed

Cons

  • None