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hwi3223609 wrote a review of on January 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I spent several months trying out an Osprey Sirrus 24 before finally giving up on the organizational layout.

Organization: The Wandra is definitely an improvement, with easily accessible (with the pack on) side mesh pockets that aren't inhibited by load balancing straps. It also has that back stash pocket that I love to stuff things in without opening up the pack. There are two other external pockets that are a bit on the small side, but adequate, an internal mesh pocket, and there is extra space in the pocket that holds the included raincover. Two small pockets on the waistbelt are big enough for my P&S camera, but barely. The outlets from the hydration sleeve pocket are nicely sized to get the tube (with a stopper) through easily. I also like the trekking pole carry straps better than the Sirrus' setup.

Comfort: The reason I kept the Sirrus so long was how comfortable it was. The Wandra is nearly as good, with a semi-rigid frame that keeps the pack off your back for heat management. Women-specific design means it fits my 5 foot, 113 lb frame just fine.

The only thing I don't like is cosmetic - the white straps. Why would you make anything on a pack white? They are sure to get filthy.

I plan to use it on our upcoming trip to New Zealand, and better organization means more versatility.

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hwi3223609 wrote a review of on September 23, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm keeping this pack simply because it fits so well. I'm not a fan of the compartment layout - I liked the Black Diamond Pulse better, but it didn't fit at all. I wish the Sirrus had that outer stash pocket on the back, and bigger water bottle pockets on the side. Stuff in the top small pocket gets caught up when you try to put a hydration reservoir into the sleeve. I bought this pack for longer day hikes, and now I use it even on short ones because it rides so well. The mesh back panel keeps me from getting too sweaty, and the weight balances nicely. Ultimately, comfort is what matters, and this pack is very comfortable. I am 5' tall, 113 lbs, and I got the small.

ETA
Four months later and the organizational layout finally irritated me enough to return the pack (thanks to backcountry.com's generous return policy!). The buckles to get into the main compartment were hard to operate with mittened or cold hands, and I prefer more organizational options.

I found (here) the Mtn Hardwear Wandra (another mesh-backed women's pack with a raincover) that has better access to the main compartment, more external pockets, and that lovely stash pocket on the back. It also has a system for carrying trekking poles across that back that is an improvement on the under-arm thing the Sirrus has going. I look forward to using this pack on my upcoming trip to NZ!

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