Built for long day hikes and overnights in the backcountry, the lidded Osprey Stratos 36 combines carrying comfort, ventilation and organizational features to deliver lightweight, technical performance.
Built for long day hikes or ultra light overnighters, the Osprey Stratos 36 has great ventilation and comfort for technical hiking. Let’s take a look at its features.
I am going to turn the pack around so we can check out its suspension system. The Stratos 36 is using Osprey’s airspeed suspension system. It is a really nice lightweight suspension system that offers really good breathability. So we have got a light wire aluminum alloy frame around the perimeter of the pack and a tensioned mesh back panel. So that creates a really nice space between the actual backpack and the back panel. So it provides a really good amount of breathability and airflow to allow for, you know, maximum ventilation, maximum breathability. It is really lightweight, you know, spacious mesh here. So it is going to dry quickly, provide really good breathability and still maintain that lightweight profile.
You have got some, you know, foam shoulder straps here, contoured shoulder straps, nice comfort there and a nice lightweight foam hip belt, you know, with some wicking materials and lightweight mesh there as well. So you have got really good lightweight comfort in the suspension system of the Stratos backpack.
Turning the pack back around we are going to take a look at how we access the items in the backpack. So we have got a few different access points here. You have got a top loading style backpack. So we do have a hood. But you have also got kind of a front access point as well. So if I take the hood off here and kind of just pull it back, we have got just a single draw cord where you can access the majority of your items. So there is a nice spacious entry way there and you can get down to, you know, the items that you have on the top of your load there. But there is also this kind of front access pocket. So if we open that up, it allows you essentially a panel style access to the contents of the pack. So if you have something that is kind of buried half way down or on the ... on its way toward the bottom, you can access that item quickly by that front panel. So it is a pretty nice additional feature there. You know, allows faster access to some of those other items in the pack.
There is a lower compartment as well. So for sleeping bags or other items that you want to keep handy, you know, there is a bottom access point as well. Now that is a completely separated pocket so you can’t access the pack, main pack contents from there. But if you have got a lightweight sleeping bag or I have just got a hammock in here right now, you know, there is other things you can store away down at the bottom of that pack.
Some of the other pockets we have got going on on the Stratos backpack are two lid pockets. So on the back of the lid here we have got two pockets. One of them is nice and small. You know, you can fit a guide book there. You do have a key clip, you know, so your keys don’t get lost, maps, maybe a small first aid kit or something along those lines. And then you have got a slightly larger compartment here for some bigger items. I could see you putting some, you know, maybe some freeze dried foods or, you know, just a regular book if you would want to read that or, you know, other somewhat larger items, rain gear maybe you could stow up in that bigger top pocket.
Moving down on the back panel here we do have two hip belt pockets. So thy are just two zippered hip belt pockets for, you know, a phone, maybe granola bars or some type of snack there, but things you want to have handy while you are hiking so you don’t have to take the pack off to get to those. So you have got two nice little pockets there.
We do have two mesh water bottle pockets, one on either side. So they are nice stretchy pockets. You can stow a water bottle there. Maybe some other items if you choose to, but you have got stretchy mesh pockets there. And that is pretty much it for the pockets. You know, it is a fairly streamlined pack. It is nice and simple, so you get a few pockets here and there, but it is nothing too crazy.
Some other features that the Stratos 36 offers are two compression straps on the top and bottom of either side. So you have got these. You know, you have got the hood straps here, which you can use to compress as well, but you have got this top compression strap here and then you have got this bottom compression strap. It is actually an inside out compression strap so you can route that under or over the water bottle pocket. So some added versatility with those. If you want to keep the pack more streamlined you can tuck them away. If you want them on the outside, you can do so as well. So a nice addition with those compression straps there.
On the inside we do have a hydration sleeve. So it is not, you know, included with the pack, but there is a compatible hydration system. So you have got a small port on the outside here that allows the routing of a hydration hose for the backpack. So an additional benefit to the Stratos backpack.
We do have some sleeping pad straps on the front here. So at the bottom you can lash a sleeping pad to this backpack. Should you not want to use those straps, you can remove them, again, to keep that nice and streamlined and kind of do away with any of those excess straps.
We have one ice tool loop with a bungee tie off. And that bungee tie off can actually stow away, again, to keep it more low profile, more streamlined. This pack is all about that streamlined look and feel. So an additional feature there.
And a nice thing that adds a lot of value to the pack is that it comes with its own rain cover. So at the very bottom of the pack there is a small tab that says rain cover. And if you unzip that there is an integrated, removable rain cover that comes with the backpack. So, again, adds a lot of value so you don’t have to purchase an additional rain cover. This guy comes with it, so a nice added feature there.
And there you have it, a nice, ultra light, streamlined daypack or overnight backpack. It is the Osprey Stratos 36.