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- AirSpeed suspension combines the rigidity of aluminum stays with a tensioned mesh back panel for effective load transfer and cross ventilation
- Ergonomic Spacermesh hip-belt and shoulder straps ensure your load rests where it should for max efficiency and pain-free hiking
- Front panel access means you can easily reach everything in your pack's main compartment without unpacking
- Hip-belt pockets hold your camera, shades, or quick snacks so you can stay in the groove
- ErgoPull waistbelt closure makes cinching down the belt easy
- Stow-on-the-Go feature on the left side lets you holster your trekking poles as you walk
- As soon as the rain starts to fall, deploy the built-in rain cover and keep your load dry
- Compression straps let you adjust the pack's volume to fit different load sizes
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Best field pack ever
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I use this pack for field work, and in that regard it is the best one I have ever found.
In particular I like the Airspeed suspension that keeps the pack off of your back, there is nothing more uncomfortable to me than my back soaking during a hike.
I also like the pocket options and placement, bottle holders are super sturdy and can handle larger bottles if necessary, and the strap system. Material and zipper quality are bombproof. Included raincover works very well, even in Pacific Northwest downpours.
Because of the way the suspension is designed, the inside of the pack can be a bit awkward to load of you are really packing it down...but I haven't found this to be a serious issue.
Bottom line: I can load this thing down with everything I need for a day's work in the outdoors and barely even notice it's on back until I need something.
Cactus Green: Just Hangin' Out
This morning's canyon to canyon hike via Achenbach ridgeline in Las Cruces, NM.
White Sands National Monument - Sunset
This pack comes with me on nearly all of my day-hikes and it's quite the companion.
Is there any problem taking the Stratos...
Is there any problem taking the Stratos 34 as a carry on bag on major airlines because of the frame? Also need for trip to Costa Rica and as a 25Lb max weight on a river trip and motorcoach.
You should be fine. I took my Gregory Z35 (partially full) with no problem. Just to be safe though, I'd look up the dimensions of the overhead carry requirements for the airline and pack the bag before hand and measure. Here's a link with major air carriers and their carry-on measurements. Enjoy your trip!
This is my usual carry-on; zero problems.
Stratos in Action on a Snowy Hike
Stratos 34 in Action at Burnside Lake
The Statos Comes in AWESOME Colors
Using the Stratos for a Day Hike
Great Spring Ski Pack
Built-in Rain Fly in Action
High in the Rockies!
Green, Light-weight, Go!
Hiking in the GILA.
this pack can actually hold touring skis when going up terrain I would rather snow shoe to the top. lots of compartments, very nice, love the mesh back to keep the pack off your back, no sweaty backs
How does an Osprey pack like this compare...
How does an Osprey pack like this compare to let's say a Cambelbak Alpine Explorer pack? I have a couple camelbak and have been happy with them but have heard good things about Osprey packs. Just looking for a good day hike pack.
I have carried the woman's version (Sirrus) and a larger women's Camelbak and while Camelbak has done wonderful things on how we carry water, they aren't a backpack company. I was blown away with how well the Osprey pack carried. For carrying the amount of gear you would for a longer day hike, the Stratos will distribute weight better. The biggest difference will be in the frame, the hipbelt, and the harness. The frame and backpanel allows great ventilation and support and the hipbelt/harness are designed to work with the frame to displace the weight comfortably down through your hips instead of resting it on your back/shoulders. Plus, the hipbelt feels like it is hugging you, so the pack sits very stably--it doesn't bounce around as you're walking...
I think you'll be happier with this bag purely on how it carries... Hope this helps.
Is this a top or front load pack?
Is this a top or front load pack?
This is a front loading pack
Yup, a simple panel loader similar to a school backpack style.
what a view!
would this size backpack work for a weekend...
would this size backpack work for a weekend overnighter, 2 nights max? i have the large 2197 cu in. Also, what is the packed weight max for this pack? thanks
This is a pretty small pack for an overnighter, but it depends on how small your sleeping bag, stove, and shelter are. If you are an ultralighter, then this pack may work.
The sweet spot for weight maxes out at 30lbs. However this should still carry decently at 35lbs.
After doing three hikes so far, I can say this pack is Awesome. Put everything in it that was in old pack, and because of the Airspeed back panel and waist belt, felt like it was empty. Even after putting in 70oz hydration back, still was nice. So far only down side is mesh side pockets hard to get at, use them for water bottles for dog.