Ideal for long day hikes or lightweight overnighters, the Osprey Kyte 46 Women’s backpack balances weight, storage capacity (2600+ cubic inches), features, price and performance. A lightweight, supportive suspension enables the pack to comfortably carry loads of up to 40 pounds!
Committed to providing all outdoor enthusiasts with optimal performance, Osprey equips its women's packs with gender-specific design features. Harnesses are cut wider through the collar bone area and have an ergonomic taper in the chest area. Offering a women's specific cant and a narrower cut, the hipbelts found on Osprey's women's packs also cater to female users.
Employing ridge molded foam and built-in air channels, the pack’s AirScape backpanel provides flexible support and breathability to combat heat build-up between your back and the pack body. A lightweight aluminum peripheral frame and a foam framesheet effectively distribute weight and deliver supportive stability. The Xsmall/Small Kyte 46 Women’s pack is designed to fit torso lengths ranging from 13"-17" and the Small/Medium size fits 16”-20” torsos. The padded, contoured hipbelt, and padded shoulder straps aid in stability and load transfer. An adjustable sternum strap and load-lifter straps further enhance fit. Side compression straps cinch down to keep the contents of the pack safely in.
The top-loading 2600+ cubic-inch capacity packbag is accessed beneath a fixed top lid that incorporates zippered compartments for gear storage. A vertical zipper on the face of the pack also grants access to the interior of the packbag without having to remove the lid. A zippered lower compartment is ideal for a sleeping bag or other gear. A divider between the main packbag and the sleeping bag compartment can be pulled aside to convert the Kyte 46 Women’s pack to a single large compartment. A large zippered side pocket and a large stretch woven pocket on the front of the pack offer additional organizational options and help to keep layers close at hand.
Other features include Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachments, tuck-away ice axe loops, daisy chain attachment points, an included raincover, a safety whistle built into the sternum strap, zippered hibpelt pockets, and stretch side water bottle pockets. An external sleeve is ideal for a hydration system (not included).
The Osprey Kyte 46 Women’s backpack is available in your choice of size and color options.
- Fixed top lid provides top loader access to main compartment
- Zippered hipbelt pockets
- Top lid zippered pocket and under lid zippered mesh pocket
- External hydration sleeve
- Front panel stretch mesh pocket
- Tuck away ice tool loop and bungee tie-offs
- Dual front panel daisy chains
- Integrated raincover
- Web attachment points on top lid
- Upper and lower reverse StraightJacket side compression straps
- Torso adjustable harness
- Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment
- Dual stretch mesh side pockets
- Zippered sleeping bag compartment with floating divider
- Removable sleeping pad straps
- Side zipper access to main compartment
- Full length vertical zippered side pocket
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking Access Top Loading w/ Sleeping Bag Compartment Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume Xsmall/Small: 2685 cu in
Small/Medium: 2807 cu in
Type Internal Frame Backpack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Maximum Weight 40 lbs Material 210D nylon ripstop and 420HD nylon packcloth Item Weight Xsmall/Small: 3.42 lbs
Small/Medium: 3.55 lbs
Torso Adjustment Yes Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material Aluminum Fits Torso Xsmall/Small: 13"-17"
Fits Waist Xsmall/Small: 24"-45"
Dimensions 28" x 14" x 14" Detachable Daypack n/a
Real Customer Reviews
- Great for teenaged daughter
Likes: Adjustment has great range, easy to tweak to fit. My daughter used this for our backpacking trip that got sidetracked. We expected to do a 4.5 mile day, but due to storms, it turned into a 8 mile day hike out. She said the pack was comfortable and did not chafe even when soaking wet. We plan on using it again this summer for our reattempt at the same trail.
- Trusty Multitasker
Likes: Super comfortable wear and easy to adjust to your body. I can fit my sleeping bag, tent, some clothes, and enough provisions for a night or two in the backcountry. I also tried it out, and it doubles as the perfect carry-on for plane travel. I was able to fit it snugly in the overhead - even on a small jet (though admittedly this one took a little more coaxing). I LOVE the color. Neutral without being black - sort of a dark slate? I like the pops of turquoise, too. The pockets are minimal but honestly just right for what I need - quick access to snacks, headlamp, phone, multitool, etc. the external sleeve for a hydration pack makes loading and re-loading really convenient. Also comes with a rain cover which I haven't had the opportunity to test out yet, but I love that I don't have to purchase it separately. The standard apple green color is fine - nothing obnoxious, and easy enough to see. The fabric is durable. I love Osprey and expect to have this a long while.
Dislikes: The deep mesh pockets for water bottles are wonderful, but could be improved by angling them forward a little so you can access your water more easily (without taking your pack off or relying on the buddy system). I have a marmot women's sawtooth (I think?) - it's around 7-8 liters, in any case. So far, I haven't had the best luck fitting it into the designated sleeping bag compartment - I have given up when trying, but it could probably work with a little more committed effort.
- Cute, Comfortable, and Surprisingly Roomy
Likes: PROS: Carries like a dream, Raincover included, Featuring lots of features
I was happily surprised to buy this as my first backpacking pack. I originally considered the Aura 50, but its brain (detachable for daybag use) was too unwieldy and its hipbelt too stiff. The Exos 58 was too pared down (no sleeping bag compartment) and didn't feel as comfortable with its one-size-fits-all unisex system. The Kyte (which came in XS/S as I needed) is perfect!
TESTING CONDITIONS: Took this overnight in the Great Smokies. After a 17 mile day hike, I traded my daypack for this pack. I hiked another 3 miles into camp, then another 8 miles the next day with a fully loaded backpack. My total weight was 23lbs, ending at 20lbs. It felt like nothing!
I also had plenty of extra space and it could've held another 10 lbs comfortably (I tested it with 30lbs at REI), so I could use the Kyte for longer trips. Please note I don't have to worry about bear canisters (which might make this pack too small)
Integrated raincover in its own stash pocket at the bottom of the pack ($30 added value!). It expands to cover anything you strap to the bottom too
Stretchy mesh front expands quite a bit
Daisy chain loops for lots of attachments (like shoes when crossing a creek, a pack towel, a bandana)
Many compression straps to hold it close in dense bush
Stow-on-the-go for trekking poles
Also, I am a sucker for the purple/pink/orange coloring
WEIGHT: 50.21oz + 4.72oz raincover. Basically, 1 lb more than Exos 58, 1 lb less than Aura 50
Dislikes: Hip belt pockets are stiff and hard to use. I keep most of my immediately needed stuff in my pants pockets though, so this is not a big deal.
- Wife loves her new pack
Likes: Comfortable, fits great, nice air flow, hydration pack outside of bag is a huge plus, and bulky in rainfly
- Excellent Pack
Likes: Very comfortable and lightweight. The pockets are conveniently placed, and I appreciate the multiple access points to the main compartment.
Dislikes: Less Durable than I expected (some issues when putting the pack on the ground)
- Excellent fit!
Likes: Very comfortable, nice looking, places for all of my gear
Dislikes: n/a so far
- Great features!
Likes: I love all the features that this pack has. The zipper points make everything accessible and easy to organize, the external access to hydration makes it really easy to fill up without opening everything, and I really appreciate the rain cover that comes with too. The straps are comfortable and the size is big enough for essentials without letting me over pack. I am 5'0" with 15" torso and ordered the xs size.
Dislikes: My only gripe about the pack is the lower back / bottom edge that sits against my back isn't really padded much. My lower back arch causes the bottom of the pack to rub. It's not really anything against the pack, it just doesn't quite contour my body right, and because of that, I exchanged it for the Aura AG 50 L since it provides a bit more of a custom fit for my shape. I do think it's a very comfortable pack otherwise, and would be great for someone with less of an arch in the small of their back.
- Great mid range pack, loaded with features
Likes: Great pack! Built very solidly and well crafted. Back panel is comfortable although not going to keep your back as dry as a ventilated pack like the Stratos. Can carry a good amount of gear comfortably and has a ton of places to strap and lash various gear to. Works well as a travel pack too.
Dislikes: Sleeping bag compartment will only hold smaller, lighter bags. Just too small of a spot for a large bag or most synthetics probably. But the compartment is convertable. Top lid not removable.
- Absolutely LOVE!!!!
Likes: This is my first backpacking/traveling pack, it has also been my eighth women's specific pack to try on over a four month span. I was getting discouraged and frustrated. I had ruled out Osprey, it was one of the first brands I had tried (I was told by an REI rep they were the best). My first impression...I wasn't impressed. The one I had initially tried on made me feel like I was falling backwards (fully loaded) which turned me off. Eight packs/different brands later, I came back to Osprey realizing that the first pack I tried on was their AG (Anti-Gravity) model, so I stayed away and looked at their other models. The Kyte, however, has a much different frame/suspension and it doesn't leave you with the feeling you are falling backwards The organization and the lighter weight compared to other brands also is an advantage. Now I was impressed! It's construction is well thought out and optimizes the use of space, similar to another brand of pack that was 70L which was just too big for my petite body...5'3, 112lbs. It has two lid pockets, a side zip into main compartment, side zip pocket (perfect fit for housing my tent poles, stakes, and mallet without taking up extra space in the main compartment), two DEEP side mesh pockets, a front beavertail pocket, sleeping bag compartment (fits a TNF 15 degree women's blue kazoo (down) in a medium Sea to Summit eVent compression dry sack), sleeping pad straps, two upper and lower compression straps that can convert into equipment carry straps (if compression isn't needed), two hip belt pockets, external hydration (which I like because it doesn't take up any room in the main compartment and fits a 2L or 3L bladder), stow on the go trekking pole attachment (great feature offered only with Osprey) and it includes an apple green rain cover (so much better than the red ones that come with other brands). It is ideal for carrying loads 20 to 40 pounds, which is a realistic range for my weight. I also like the versatility of the pack, it will get more uses than just backpacking. The price point, for the features especially on sale, in my opinion, is unbeatable! I'm so glad I didn't settle for an average pack with a less than optimal fit and gave Osprey another chance. I ordered both the grey orchid and purple calla and the purple calla was pretty, but the orange accent color was a bit much. I kept the grey orchid. It is charcoal grey with aqua blue accents.
Note: Size is based on your torso length. I am borderline between XS/S and S/M at 16.5 inches. The shoulder straps are adjustable, but I've found that the S/M is a better fit.
- Wife Love this pack
Likes: This was a gift for my with, her first backpack. Fit was perfect. Quality is outstanding as all of the Osprey products are. Was able to grab this one on sale which even made it better.
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