The Stratos 26 is your ticket to a back sweat-free hike.
- Soft spacer mesh shoulder harness and hip-belt breathe when weighed down
- Rain cover deploys from bottom stow pocket and can be removed to trim weight when not needed
- Hip-belt and shoulder harness pockets let you keep essentials accessible on the move
- Stow-On-the-Go attachment holsters your trekking poles for scrambles up to the summit
- Side and vertical compression straps lock down the stuffed Stratos for a solid carry
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- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
This pack was precisely what I wanted (a tough top-loading daypack with support to keep the weight off my shoulders). Being 6'3" with long legs and a relatively short torso, I ordered a large. Unfortunately, the bottom of the hip belt hit just above my hip bones. The Black Diamond Nitro isn't top-loading but is a much better fit.
I've got 2 decisions to make - Stratos 24 or 26. I'll have to figure this one out. I usually prefer a lid but for carrying a lunch and raingear and essentials, I'm not so picky. The other decision is - Medium or Large? I'm a hair or two under 5'11" and I read somewhere that anyone over 5'10" should probably get a Large (in Stratos 24). From those near my height or very familiar with fitting these, which do you think will be the better fit? Also, I've noticed that a Stratos 24 in a size L is actually 26L.
You are correct you are right on the cusp of sizes. If you have long legs and a short body the get the smaller size. And vice versa. I am 6'1" and I prefer the larger.
I would go with large.
Osprey sizes are based on Torso Length and not height. To size that, go here: http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/web/sizing_and_fitting
As for the difference between the 24L and 26L, the biggest is the access style. Do you prefer a top loader with a lid or do you prefer the panel loading school bag style? Sounds like you prefer the top loader with a lid style. But that is why Osprey offers these two styles--because different people prefer different style packs--and not to exactly get to a certain capacity...
Would this pack be good for lightweight overnight biking?
Yes, It should be ale to carry the overnight essentials. (pad,bag,food,water.)
While it in theory would carry all your stuff (depending on how small the stuff you have is), the issue is that it has a removed backpanel and therefore throws off your center of gravity a small bit. I'd suggest the Escapist 30--it is a bag designed for hut-to-hut cycling and would be a better featured pack for overnight cycling trips
My Osprey Stratos 26 backpack is everything I was hoping and more. As a 60 year old (not in the greatest shape) backpacker - I absolutely require a backpack that is not only light weight but that will conform - adjust - and in a sense... mold to my body well. The Osprey Stratos is exactly and precisely... perfect. It has just enough space for me to fit inside and outside of it everything that I deem necessary and after adjusting the fit to my measurements and my body - the fit is p.e.r.f.e.c.t.i.o.n.
the narrows, zion national park
most comfortable pack I ever owned
How does the rain cover on this preform? I run to work everyday and I live in Dutch Harbor Ak. where we get over 250 rainy days a year, so I need something that is going to be comfortable while running and yet keep my stuff dry in a storm.
The covers on the Stratos line work very well. They are plenty big and can cover the entire pack - even when stuffed to the gills. They also include a cinch cord to make sure it's nice and snug to keep everything dry.
Another nice feature is the fact that the covers are removable. Makes them much easier to wash or dry out separately when you return home.
I love this day pack! It is constructed with the quality you'd expect from Osprey Packs, and while it is not ultralight, it is pretty light for the amount of structure and features to it. I'll take a slightly heavier pack that carries well any day. The Airspeed suspension in the Stratos series is excellent. The LightWire alloy frame does an excellent job supporting the pack's load, and having the pack up off of your back does wonders for ventilation. Coming in three sizes really helps with the fit. Personally, I'm partial to the a top loading pack with a lid (verus the panel design on the Stratos 24). I like having the two largish pockets in the lid. The shoulder strap pocket will hold your chapstick, and the hip pockets are great for easy access to a point and shoot camera. (Hip belt pockets are a must for me because of this reason.) It's also very handy to have the built in rain-fly. The compression straps do a great job reducing the volume of the pack for carrying lighter loads efficiently.
As always, Osprey has come up with a pack with lots of thoughtful features and excellent comfort, while keeping the weight reasonable.