Osprey Stratos 24 Reviews
6 are "Favorable"
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Over this pack is very comfortable once you get use to the frame resting on your lower back. Shoulder straps are super comfy compared to gregory's z30. Air speed is good but sticks out too far, making the pack hard to pack and access issues. The mesh side pockets are pretty much useless. They are too tight to put a 16oz water bottle without a struggle, most ppl carry 32oz . I guess you can just use a bladder but then it eats up about 30% of your space. The airspeed sticks out too far IMHO and into the pack itself. Gregory's z30 leaves about an inch between support rods and pack so bladder has some more room. The extra pockets are pretty useless also once the pack is full since they rest right on the pack and have no give to them. If they stuck out a little or designed differently then it would be better. If you only half pack your pack, then this is a great pack but then I would just suggest getting a smaller pack.
1 are "Critical"
Most Helpful Critical Review
I bought this bag before going to Europe to study abroad, thinking I'd use it for weekend excursions. I wouldn't buy it again and am going to attempt to return it now that I'm back in the US. My main complaint is that the rigid, curved back (while cool and comfy) severely limits the size and shapes of items you can put in the bag. For example, my 15-inch laptop barely fits, even when it's just in a neoprene sleeve. With the laptop (or any other larger, rigid or semi-inflexible object, paperback books, shoes, etc.) in the bag, it is super difficult to fit anything else in there. A big disappointment to me since I blog and wanted to be able to bring my laptop with me to different places. Also disappointing is that when the bag's main compartment is full, the side mesh pockets don't stretch open far enough to fit a water-bottle of any size. In short, this bag would probably be great if you're carrying nothing but clothing. If not, I recommend looking for something else.
Additional -13 Stratos 24 Osprey Reviews
December 16, 2012
from southwestern PA
This is an excellent pack! It carries the load very nicely, and the open air back is wonderful, as is the built in rain-fly. I am 5'10" and ordered the medium, which works fine, but the large might have been a tad better. Still, I am pleased with the product and Zappos' service.
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November 1, 2012
Excellent pack overall, my only complaint is that the shoulder straps would be a little more comfortable with added padding. The mesh back panel is very comfortable and reduces heat/sweat. There is plenty of room in the main pocket for a day hike, and the smaller pockets are nice for access to camera, energy bar, etc. I have heard complaints about the side pockets being too small to carry larger water bottles, but I have managed two 32 oz. bottles with no problem. This pack has been great for Half Dome and Baldy this summer/fall, so don't be concerned that the hydration unit takes up too much space, it's got plenty of room. Again, the only issue I have faced is that the shoulder straps are not quite as padded as some of the larger capacity Osprey packs.
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