Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Osprey Stratos 36

Osprey packs have become some of my favorite for a number of reasons, which is why I returned to them when I was looking for a summit/daypack. They use durable materials, have a phenomenal warranty, and (in my opinion) offer some of the most comfortable carrying technology from amongst the popular brands. The Stratos series (new 2016 design) are no exception. 

The Stratos series offer packs in 24, 34, 36 and 50 liters. This is for the 36 but there are many similarities in design in the series. You should know up front that I swapped the 36 pack out for the 24 but for anyone looking for a pack in the 30-40 ltr. range this pack could be for you. I love it's ergonomics and functionality, it just fell into a weird spot for me since I'm not an ultralight hiker. It couldn't hold my gear for short trips (1-3 nights) simply because my hammock kit is a bit on the heavy side. And it was a big too large for simple dayhikes/summit. So the 24 was what I landed on. Regardless, this is a phenomenal pack. 

First of all, the 210D nylon they use is light and tough. You won't have durability issues with this pack. Secondly the suspension is incredibly comfortable. I love trampoline style suspension but I think Osprey does it best. I have the Atmos 65 AG and bought it for the same reason. Lightest pack? No. Most comfortable (for me)? Yes. 

With 20 lbs this pack felt like I was barely carrying anything. You'll stay cool and comfortable with this pack, no doubt. The mesh backpanel also carries right into the hip belt which is loosely structured, but has enough padding the offer some load support when strapped around your hips. Pockets are nice and large, too. 

The Osprey Stratos series have integrated rain covers on the bottom of the pack, which is a great feature. They are also removable. There is a separate bottom compartment for a very compact sleeping bag or other items. 

Also has side access on both sides of pack. Tool loops. Quick hiking pole storage. Internal hydration bladder. Compression straps. Front vertical zip pocket (not mesh, doesn't expand much). Overall, another winner from Osprey. If you in the market for packs under 50 ltrs. please do yourself a favor and look into the stratos line!

Gear Review: Sawyer Mini water filters and Dehydration

Gear Review: Sawyer Mini water filters and Dehydration

I drank pond water yesterday. Wasn't planning on it but I figured I should probably give it a shot rather than just show you pictures of a product you could just find with a google search. Honestly, wasn't too bad after being filtered through the Sawyer Mini. I grew a third arm today but I heard that goes away after a while.

Gear Review: Child Carriers Overview (With Pics)

Gear Review: Child Carriers Overview (With Pics)

I just completed a 6-minute overview of the Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier but wanted to offer some insight into child carriers in general and offer a comparison to an older, more affordable child carrier (Kelty TC 3.0 which is discontinued and replaced with the Kelty Transit 3.0) We're talking $260 vs $89. That's a significant difference so what do you gain by purchasing a newer pack (or what do you lose by getting an older one)?

Gear Review: Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier

After a few weeks of attempting to film an overview of the Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier, I finally got around to it! There were a few takes early on that were interrupted with kids in underwear and lego jets, but overall I hope that this five minute overview gives you an impression of how the pack is setup and my thoughts on it (hint: I think it's amazing). Also, my plug for REI is just because I love that company, they aren't paying me to say anything. Leave thoughts or questions below!