A bigger small pack that's perfect for hot and rainy weather.
- 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
- Top lid pockets give you extra space and cover the main compartment's top access
- Hip-belt and shoulder strap 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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If the Stratos 36 is not loaded, or is lightly loaded and not filled to the top, will it fit in a 22 or 24 inch luggage rack on an airline?
I was at the Seattle REI today and took a look at this pack. I came across a zipper that is located above the hydration sleeve and hanger that unzips across the top allowing access into the area behind the tensioned mesh back panel. I asked one of the staff and he had no clue and even he had asked the Osprey rep himself on a previous occasion and even the rep. had no clue as to what its for. Hoping someone here may have the inside scoop as to what that was intended for. Thanks for your time.
There are two main reasons for the zippered access point. 1. It is an access point for Osprey to get at something--an area of the frame for example--if the pack is sent in for a warranty. 2. Osprey hates the idea of "wasted space" so if they can give the consumer access to an area easily--for stashing a layer or a spare reservoir--they'll give you access to that region.
So that's why there is a zipper there. Not everyone will use it, but it's there if you want to.
Took the stratos 36 to Peru for a 5 day hike through the Andes then to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro. I'm 6" tall with a fairly normal torso length, and the medium fits me perfectly. Osprey nailed it with this pack. Very durable, very comfortable. Built in rain cover is perfect, and well placed. Also like the walking pole positioning on the shoulder strap, makes it very easy to put poles away when they're not needed. The ONLY drawback I've found with this pack after plenty of travel around the world in the last six months, is that it doesn't sit upright due to the 'airspeed' back. The back is curved to allow for air to flow off your back, which is very helpful in the heat - the trouble is, when you put the pack on the ground it will fall forward because of the design, so if you need to get something out of you have to prop it up while digging around. Still, this pack is amazing, and EASILY worth five stars - great value, great pack.
I just got back from a 6 week geologic mapping project in Colorado. I used this pack most every day in the field to carry all of my gear and equipment. With temperatures getting up to 110 the mesh back kept me cool. The pack was very comfortable and made my 8 hour hikes up and down large outcrops a breeze. This pack had more than enough room for everything I needed without feeling too bulky. The two pouches in front made great compartments for snacks, my brunton, and tweezers to yank cacti out of my hands and legs. If you're looking for a good day pack to carry a little more than just your lunch, the Stratos 36 is the way to go.
I use this to go on over night hikes now this is very light weight I mean I don't even feel anything on my back if u just put it on alone. Now for my bedding I use a grand trunk hammock and a Stoic Vamp 15 Sleeping Bag now those don't even take up a 1/4 of the space I mean I put in my water food cooking gear and I have room to spare! Its unbelievable! and It hardly weighs anything and very durable outstanding product.
I believe this is the smallest pack you can get away with for an overnight hike, everything fits just perfectly. Sleeping bag, tent, pad, food, clothes and all the extra gear you need for an over niter or even a weekend hike. Very comfortable and well made. I put about 30lbs in my pack but you wouldn't know it, carries weight very good on your back. Love it!
This pack was my first foray into the world of Osprey and I have to say that I love what I have seen so far, for the most part. The Airspeed suspension is great. I always had a problem with putting a pack on a cold, sweaty back after a break. No longer is this an issue. My back stays completely dry. The hip-belt pockets are indeed handy, as is the pocket on the shoulder strap. Having the option of a top loader and a front loader is convenient. I don't use trekking poles, so I cannot speak on the effectiveness of the "Stow-and-Go" feature (I tried to use it to hold my Rogue Hoe, with no success).
With that said, I have three big issues with this pack and one rather minor one. Here they are:
1.) You cannot cinch down tight on the compression straps. This causes the frame to bend and the suspension to press against the pack.
2.) The design of the cross-member for the frame causes the bladder to take up even more space than it would already. The Hydroform bladders from Osprey will not fit comfortably mounted on the outside as designed.
3.) If you actually pack the main compartment then the front pocket is useless. If you do accidentally do put say a notebook in there before you pack the main compartment, you have to fight to get it out.
4.) Minor Issue - When the pack is packed, it is difficult to access the built in rain cover. Not really a huge issue, but a lapse in design just the same.
Overall, would I buy this pack again? Yes, if only for the suspension. The other issues are dealt with by simply being careful when packing. However these issues have made me realize that I HAVE to get another pack, which I was hoping not to have to do. I will stay with the Osprey line, looking at the Kestrel and the Atmos.
I've been looking for a couple of years for a good pack to use while canyoneering, and you'd be surprised how hard it is to find one. After lots of looking I finally decided on this one and it's been a great choice.
Plenty of room in the pack to carry a rope, harness, webbing, food (as long as you don't mind some smooshed sandwhiches) and some extra shoes for the hike in. I went with the Stratos because of the front loading feature which makes it easy to stuff the rope in the pack when you're on the move.
My only beef with the pack is that it does only have the two main pockets and the smaller of the two is pretty tiny especially if you've got the main pocket loaded up with gear. I think I might look into installing a shelf just above the front loading pocket to keep my rope separate from all my other junk.
This is the first Osprey pack I've ever purchased, and I did so because of rave reviews from friends and internet users alike, so I figured I would post my own review. I'm 6'2", 170 pounds, and I got the large (2,319 ci), which suits my body perfectly. As other reviewers have noted, the Airspeed system allows your back to breathe, no matter the conditions. This pack is great for 1-3 nights, though I'd use a larger pack if I was hiking/trekking for a longer period of time. The hip-belt pockets are easily accessible and great for a digital camera or energy bar, and I like the front-loading feature, in my opinion a must have. However, if you're searching for a day-to-day pack, then this probably isn't the one for you. It's a bit bulky for daily use, especially if you're on a crowded bus or train, or if you're commuting on a bike. I spent 3 years abroad, living out of a backpack while teaching in Latin America and Asia, so I tend to put my packs through one torture test after another. I'm planning another long-term excursion to Australia and Southeast Asia, and this pack is definitely coming with me since it has a built-in raincover that's great for the rainy season. Once again, I highly recommend this pack for hiking, camping, and outdoor use, not so much for day-to-day city use.
Like this pack as a day pack, although very large for that in my opinion. Served me well throughout Acadia National, hauling around gear for both my wife and I. But this pack really shines as a 2-3 day mid-light load pack. At no point do I feel like I am wearing a big bulky sack on my back. It feels very natural at all times and the rain cover is great for storeing your pack outside for a more roomy tent/hammock.
Write your question here...I am curious to know how many pockets/compartments the backpack has. The two hit holsters, the main compartment, and the lid... are there more organizational pockets inside the main compartment?
1 top, 2 lid, 2 side water bottle, 2 waist zip, 1 shoulder zip =8 pockets
yeah there are two mesh pockets within the front pocket and then all the others listed above
My son wearing the Stratos 36 Backpack
Does anyone know the dimensions of this? I need something that is under 55x40x20cm (21x15x7inch). It also needs to be light and hardy.
It is bigger than what you are looking for. Per the Osprey web site its dimensions are:
In: 25.6 x 11.8 x 11.4
I think you are going to have a hard time finding a pack with suspension that will fit the 7 inch dimension. I did find the Manta on Osprey's web site that is close to what you are looking for:
In: 19.3 x 9.1 x 7.5
The Stratos lists a 36S, 36M, and 36L. Are these for small, medium, and large people? I've got a long back (and short legs) and I want to make sure the pack will ride properly.
Yes, the different sizes are for different torso lengths as measured from your C7 vertebrae (the nubby one at the base of your neck) down to to top of your hip bone. Here is a link that better explains it and gives a sizing chart:
I hope this helps.
I found that the sizing is somewhat off on these. I measure 17" from C7 to the iliac crests, but a medium fits me perfectly (allows for me to position the load lifter straps at the 45 degree angle shown in REI backpack fitting videos). Small was way too small.
Note: I'm a 5'6" male with broad shoulders and a barrel chest. I don't know if that affects the sizing.
EDIT: Now that I've done some more research, it seems like packs around this 36L size in general may not be designed to have the 45 degree load lifter strap angle. That said, I've put the pack through some overnights now and the medium fits me pretty well, although I'm just about maxing out the straps on the waistbelt and load lifters to get a proper fit.
As a Scoutmaster - and a father - I usually have to carry a bit extra gear than usual and needed something slightly larger for longer day hikes. This pack works great - much better than the CamelBak day packs I'd used in the past.
Priced competitively with others (CamelBak day packs, etc.), it has the following significant advantages:
- The mesh back panel. It adds cooling comfort - and a place to stow the water reservoir if you don't want it in the main compartment.
- Comfort - the hip belt, perfect rigid/flex of the frame make this the most comfortable pack I've carried in this class.
- Integrated rain cover. Easy and quick to deploy - it works great.
- Hip belt pockets - for easy retrieval of smaller items.
- Trekking pole stow system - it works as it should, allowing poles to be easily stowed/retrieved on the fly.
Do you have a large black in stock? I would like to buy one :)
As of October 1, there is one in stock. Hopefully you're checking back frequently - if so, you'll catch it in.
The pack squeaks.
I just got the pack and ordered another one just to make sure it's not a defect. Does anyone else have this problem?
Whenever you bend or push against the suspension with your back, you can hear the material rub against the metal frame. Quite annoying. Will give it another shot before I post a review.
Update: I guess it was a defect with that specific unit. BC sent me another one, and this time, there is no squeak with the suspension. Thanks BC! Their customer service is unrivaled!
Agree with Osprey's customer service - they rock.
As a note for other shoppers - mine has 0 squeaks. You can purchase without worry - this is a great pack!
I finally updated my day pack and after several options and different packs I looked at, I picked this one. Let me tell you its a BMF! Super comfy, holds the right amount of gear and the built in rain cover is nice. I also really like the trekking poll attachment, as I usually end up scrambling up most of the peaks I have been doing lately. It seems this pack will work well for light winter trips too.
I decided that Im going to update my other 2 packs and will be going with Osprey's for sure!
I just took this on a weekend trip down to Zion National Park to do the Orderville and Subway hikes. It fit everything I needed and I even had room for other peoples ropes and gear. The AirSpeed system is AWESOME and let's your back breathe while you sweat in the summer heat. Hipbelt pockets were big enought for a pair of sunglasses on one side and plenty of Cliffbars on the other side for easy access. Also a shoulder pouch the same size for anything you could think that was small. Started raining half way through the hike so the built-in rain cover was great and we had to do some swimminng so i put a 13 liter dry bag in there as well. Great pack, great weekend!