“ Brand: Osprey / Style: Daysac / Max Litres: 35 „
I have bought many bags in recent years and this is certainly the best bag i have ever owned! I bought mine 6 months back from Cotswold outdoors in Covent Garden. I hard not heard of osprey packs before as they have only been around for a few years. ( They originally designed bags for the US Military, but now also make bags for outdoor travel.)
The first thing i like about this bag is that it looks amazing. It stands out from other bags due to its vivid colour and design. The materials it is made from are also different. They are a lot stronger and more hardwearing compare to some other bags on the market, and most importantly to me there are not loads of seems everywhere, inside the bag, that can easily get snagged at. This bag really will last a lifetime - mine still doesn't show any signs of wear and i have used it for 6 months every day!
The back support system is also truelly unique and very comfortable. It has a series of mesh and foam pads which provide comfort but at the same time allow airflow to keep your back cool. The straps are also very comfortable and even have small pockets in for those essentials.
I also love the simple features on the bag, like the series of compression straps and loops which you can easily clip things onto. But most importantly, i love the loops on the zippers! They make it so easy to open and close the bag and you don't need to thumble to find them. The zipper has also never got stuck, it always runs smoothly!
When i first bought this bag, it was really beacause it looked pretty. But it is not actually untill you use this bag that you realise how amazing it is. I would highly recommend going into a shop and trying it on. They are amazingly comfortable and have so many simple little features that make the bag really stand out. It is not cheap but it is amazing!
Defined mainly as a daysac, the Osprey Atmos was one of the first bags I picked out in Snow & Rock when I was looking for a bag to take away with me for a year. The initial style jumped out at me, it's an attractive bag, not garish or too 'touristy' like some other bags. It has a few loose straps on it but some are removable and all serve a purpose.
I tried a North Face bag before this and thought that would be what I was purchasing in the next 5 minutes, but the more the sales assistant told me about the Atmos the more I was convinced. It weighs 1050 grammes, which isn't the lightest on the market but it is designed so well that once it is on your back you can barely feel it is there at all. This is because of the alloy frame structure which bends with your back and therefore means any movement you make the bag makes, avoiding the rigidity of it's competition. Once you tie the straps across your chest and hips the bag feels incredibly stable and easy to carry, even when it's fully packed.
Another design feature I enjoy is the 'Airspeed' ventilation system, which looks like a trampoline across the back, designed to let air get to your back whilst the bag is on to avoid sweating and getting too hot. I can definitely feel the difference, but the design doesn't stop there. If you're running short of space, Osprey have added a zip to the ventilation system so you can stuff more items in, particularly useful if you've got clothes that aren't fully dry I find!
The zip stretches around the entire panel of the bag, so it is easier to get your items than bags which only feature a top zip. There are 2 zipped compartments on the hip straps (which are nicely padded by the way!) to allow you to store some snacks, a camera, or anything else you may need in a hurry. All straps are nicely vented like the back, and there is also a hydration cavity combined with tubing portholes so you can always stay hydrated without the need to keep stopping and getting a flask out of your bag. I'm yet to use this feature, but it looks very well thought out. The bag is a great piece of kit, and it easily won me over to supposed bigger brands such as The North Face or Karrimor.
However, there is always a downside! The bag, despite being only 35 litres, costs a fairly large £90. It was painful to spend so much money on such a small bag, but I tend to agree that you get what you pay for, and this certainly fills that category. It is a spectacularly well thought out bag, with looks to match, and the comfort of it when on your back will make you forget you paid for it, as you won't even notice it's there!
It also comes in 25L and 50L sizes.
Dimensions: 60x34x30cm. Removable sleeping pad straps. Spacious interior.