[women ’s pick]
As one might expect from an Osprey pack—they routinely earn high marks for fit and comfort in our field tests—the Sirrus wowed our female testers with its contoured suspension and precision-wrapping hipbelt. The lightweight mesh hipbelt, combined with a rigid aluminum frame, can handle up to 20 pounds. “It was stable both on trails and during rocky scrambles,” said a tester after a 10-mile day in the Rockies.
Another tester took the Sirrus on a 10-day, plane/train/trail trip through Switzerland and Italy, and appreciated the trampoline-style mesh backpanel (see footnote, opposite page) when temps hit the 90s.
Most of our testers loved the organizing features—multiple top and side pockets, two hipbelt pockets, a cell-phone holder on the shoulder strap—but some quibbled about the fussy extra compression straps on top. And for the price and weight, the panel-loading packbag proved plenty tough. Bonus: includes a removable rain cover. $99; 2 lbs. 7 oz.; 24 liters