Built for long day hikes and overnights in the backcountry, the Osprey Stratos 34 combines carrying comfort, ventilation and organizational features to deliver lightweight, technical performance.
Designed for long day hikes or ultra light overnighters, the Osprey Stratos 34 is a great, lightweight pack that has good ventilation and comfort for technical hiking. Let’s take a look at all of its features.
I am going to turn the pack around and take a look at its suspension system. So in the Stratos 34 Osprey is using third airspeed suspension system. It is a very lightweight suspension system with this light wire alloy peripheral frame that offers some structure and stability with the tensioned mesh back panel to offer really good cushion, really good support, but an ample breathability. So it is actually suspended off of the backpack. So you have actually got space behind the mesh here that allows for that superior breathability and just really good ventilation all the way through. So nice comfort and support from the alloy frame in combination with that tension back panel gives it really good ventilation and breathability so really nice materials and really nice structure on the pack here.
You do have some padded, contoured shoulder straps with some nice breathable foam there, some mesh construction as well. Again, for some cushion and some breathability. And down into the hip belt there it is nice lightweight hip belt, again, with nice foam and mesh there for enhanced breathability as well. So it has got some really nice features in play on the suspension system, load lifter straps, a sliding sternum strap and an ergo pull hip belt closer to get, you know, a nice snug fit every time. So really good suspension system in play on the Stratos 34.
Turning the pack back around we are going to take a look at the access points and how we get into the pack contents. So we have one main compartment. There is a panel loading system here. So you have got two buckles that kind of keep everything hunkered down. Undo those. We have got this main access point here. So it is a panel loading style pack and you have got a fairly large panel opening there. So you can really access the items. I have got just a jacket and a stove here, some other items there. But really large access point to get into all of your goods there. And you can, you know, use that as needed. Zip it all the way out or not at all, your preference really.
You do have a lower compartment as well. So at the bottom of the pack there is a, you know, a small sleeping bag compartment. I have actually just got a lightweight hammock in there now. And it is a separated compartment.
There are two toggles on the inside that allow you to extend that main pack bag if you choose to, but then that would take up the space of this small separated compartment. So you get two compartments or you get one large compartment. Again,. It is your preference. So there is some versatility with the backpack here.
Some other pockets that do come on the backpack include a top mesh stash pocket. So you have got a nice, lightweight mesh pocket out here. You do have a key clip inside there to keep you keys handy. But some smaller items can go there, you know, a first aid kits, some snacks, you know, whatever you want to throw there. And there is another small zip pocket on the front here. Again, a nice tiny pocket. I could see that being a good place for headlamps, you know, maybe, again, a small snack, a compass if you need it. But nice lightweight and small pocket addition on the front there.
And then we have two stretchy water bottle pockets, mesh water bottle pockets on either side. So there are two pockets there. And we have got two zippered hip belt pockets down on the hip belt. So nice addition for granola bars, you know, your phone, any types of snacks or something you may want to get to without having to take the pack off. So really nice pocket additions on the backpack.
Some other features that this pack offers are a hydration sleeve. So on the inside there is a hydration sleeve and there are ports on the sides to allow for the routing of the hose. So it doesn’t come with a hydration system, but it is compatible. We do have top and bottom compression straps so this strap at the top can clip down and it offers some compression so you can really squeeze down the load that is in there. And we actually have an inside out compression strap with each water bottle pocket. So there is two compression straps, one on either side. You can route them on top of the water bottle pocket or underneath as we have got here. So really neat inside out compression there.
Down a little bit farther on the front we do have an ice tool loop with a stowable bungee attachment. So right now that bungee is stowed away, but you can remove that of you choose to to allow for storage of ice tools or something like that. So a nice feature there. It helps keep pack nice and streamlined, which is pretty cool.
Moving down a little farther on the bottom we do have two removable sleeping pad straps. So when you want to lash your sleeping pad to the outside of the backpack you can do so with these straps. But if you want to remove them completely you can do that as well, again, to keep that pack a little more streamlined.
And another nice added bonus to the backpack is that it comes with its own rain cover. So at the very, very bottom there is a small sleeve with this little raindrop tab here. And that is where your rain cover is stored. So it comes with a nice, lightweight Osprey rain cover that is specifically designed for the backpack. It keeps it nice and waterproof, adds a lot of value to the backpack. So a nice additional bonus there.
So there you have it. It is the Osprey Stratos 34. It is a nice, lightweight and ventilated day pack for longer hikes or ultra light overnighters.