Long live adventure.
There's something both exhilarating and terrifying about packing up five months of your life in the Osprey Women's Viva 50 Backpack and committing to carrying it around for nearly twelve hours out of the day. Built with a women's specific design, the Viva is outfitted to carry 50L worth of supplies and has enough necessary addendums to make packing seem far easier than it should be—so whether you're tackling the AT or lingering in the Wind River Range for as long as time permits, the Viva is happy to be the carry-all for your haul.
Unique to its class, this pack features the adjustable Fit-On-The-Fly Hipbelt (which extends an additional three inches) and the 3.5mm LightWire peripheral frame which transfers the load from harness to hipbelt with ease while the Airscape Backpanel encourages ample breathability and the Spacer Mesh harness is conveniently adjustable for virtually all torso lengths. Not to mention, the Viva 50 is equipped with a generous main compartment that enthusiastically carries your dirty shorts, stinky socks, dehydrated tasty niblets, and various other knick-knacks (that you most likely didn't need, like those two extra spoons, but that's fine). In addition to its main compartment, the Viva 50 has a multiplicity of storage pockets as well as a zippered sleeping bag compartment complete with removable divider and an internal hydration sleeve. The removable sleeping pad straps, Stow-On-the-Go trekking pole attachment, dual front daisy chains, and ice ax attachment point further make the Viva adventure compatible.
- Durable nylon ripstop and pack cloth
- Lightwire suspension
- Airscape Backpanel
- Spacer Mesh Harness (adjustable)
- Fit-On-The-Fly hipbelt (adjustable)
- Multiple pockets
- Dual daisy chains and ice axe carry
- Trekking pole attachment
- Removable sleeping bag straps
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- Q & A
Tried it and super impressed!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My Osprey Pack is the Ariel, because, it's bad ass... but I wanted to test out the Viva, because I know that sometimes, a lighter, less expensive pack is what fits the bill. I carried it for about 6 hours on a backpacking trip, with probably 38-40 pounds in it.
I was comparing it to something I know is so awesome, but honestly, I was super impressed with the carry. The other thing about it is it'sversitility in fitting different sizes of women; taller, shorter, skinny and wider - This was a perfect pack to be able to use myself, but also loan out to others.
I am also a mom, and this is a great pack to get my kids in when they are old enough- young adults... 14-15... because the Viva (and Volt for men) will grow and accommodate lots of growing bodies.
Finally, if you carry 60 pounds, go with the Ariel or the Xena - more comfortable suspension and carry... more cushioning. But if your loads hit at 45 or under, and you need to save some cash, while also getting an Osprey (full 100% All Mighty Guaranty included!), then the Viva is your gal!