Ideal for day hiking, adventure racing and other active pursuits, the Osprey Tempest 20 Women’s pack is sleek and functional. Despite weighing less than 1.5 lbs, the Tempest 20 is capable of comfortably carrying 20 pound loads.
The go to, do it all daypack for any adventure, the Osprey Tempest 20 is a really great women’s specific pack that is going to be versatile in lots of different types of conditions. So anywhere from day hiking to traveling, mountain biking, commuting. This is going to be an excellent pack.
The first thing to talk about with any pack is the suspension system and how it carries your gear. So as I flip it around here, you have got Osprey’s airscape back panel. This whole suspension system is lightweight. So that is the story here. It is lightweight. But it offers all the support that you need to carry this size pack. There is spacer mesh here that comes in contact with your back and that gives you a little bit of space between that ridged foam and the actual channel here behind the back. So that is going to allow a lot of warm air to escape as you are moving fast, as you are working up a sweat. This is definitely going to wick away.
The back panel is a little bit rigid, but it is pretty flexible as well. So, you know, you don’t have any hard frame or anything like that. It is going to conform to your back and it is going to be really comfortable and it is going to cut down on hot spots. So really great back panel there.
The shoulder harness is adjustable. So there is just Velcro behind here. It is going to adjust up and down to dial in that fit. And it does come in two different sizes. So definitely look at the size chart to see what fits best for you. But the shoulder harness, you have got load lifter straps that is going to adjust that up and down. The actual straps have a lot of mesh. They are very breathable. So there are cut outs in that foam. It is very, very comfortable when you cinch everything down and when you tighten it down.
Obviously you have got an adjustable sternum strap here. There is even a whistle on that strap and a small stretchy pocket here. I have just got a Chapstick in there just to show the size, so a small pocket for that.
Moving down the shoulder harness you have got stow on the go trekking pole loops. So if you are hiking fast even if you are trail running with this pack, you can take those trekking poles, if you don’t want to use them for a short period of time and just put them on the stow on the go trekking pole loops. You have got that other part of the stow on the go on the side there, so something I really love about Osprey packs.
Moving down to the hip belt you have kind of a small hip belt, but definitely enough padding to support the weight, to, you know, transfer the load to your hips. There is cut outs in the foam on that hip belt as well. And it is very flexible hip belt. It feels really comfortable on. It really contours to your body. Again, it is adjustable and you have stretchy mesh pockets.
I have got a cell phone in here and it fits really well. So anywhere from granola bars and maybe a small GPS, a small camera is going to fit in there and that stretchy pocket is really lightweight. So something I really appreciate on day packs is having a pocket there where you can get your hands on gear really quickly.
In keeping with the lightweight design of this pack, the pockets are really streamlined and simple, but very convenient. Starting on the back you have a hydration sleeve on the back of the pack. This allows you to take the hydration bladder out and refill it without having to open up the backpack, without having to take any gear out. So it is really easy and simple and fast. There is a webbing loop here to hang that hydration system. And even at the bottom of the sleeve there is a little rivet. So if you have condensation or if there were a leak in that bladder it would run out that rivet down in the bottom and it is not going to soak the gear in your pack.
On the side here you have stretchy mesh pockets, great size for a water bottle. You have compression that can either go on top of the water bottle or beneath it. So if you don’t have the pack packed out completely, you can cinch that down behind the bottle and still have access to that pocket.
It is a traditional panel loading pack. So you have got main access into the body of the pack right here on the top, a nice big zipper, so you are able to open that up and pull it down and access all the gear you need inside. You have got an extra pocket up top. Great place for an extra pair of sunglasses. I have also got a first aid kit in here so it is a big enough pocket that you can store that gear you want to get your hands on quickly. If you are day hiking, you know, a hydration filter in there or something like that. And then you have a stretchy, dump pocket right here in the front. So I have just got an extra layer shoved in there.
The features here are pretty simple and convenient as well. You have got trekking pole attachment loop right there, a tool loop at the bottom for that. So it is really easy to just attach a pair of trekking poles on the back of your pack if you are not going to use them for a while.
You have a lid lock for a helmet. So if you are using this as a commuter pack or a biking pack, it is really simple to just take a helmet, put it right on the outside of your pack so you can access it quickly and this doesn’t take up any room inside the pack. So you don’t have to store your helmet inside and take up that capacity inside the pack. So just really convenient features. Along with the bike features you do have just a little blinky light attachment here on the bottom, something really simple, but, you know, definitely useful.
So, all in all, the Osprey Tempest 20 liter pack is going to be versatile in many different types of adventures from biking to hiking, commuting, even adventure racing. This is going to be an excellent option.