Osprey Women’s Kyte 36 Rucksack Features:
The Osprey Kyte 36 rucksack is a women’s specific design and fit perfect for your hiking adventures the year-round. Rest assured your kit is guaranteed protection from the toughest of storms with the built in rain cover so even when the heavens open your bags contents will remain dry and intact. On hotter days the Airscape back provides plenty of ventilation keeping you nice and cool as you trek across stunning landscapes and the Kyte’s adjustable torso length means got can get a perfect fit. Load carrying becomes a doddle thanks to the harness and hipbelt that assure support and comfort. If it’s a feature laden day bag your after for hiking adventures with scope for a lightweight overnight bag, the Osprey Kyte 36 is worth a peek.
You see so many desirable features on backpacks and wish you could find the single one that has all those features but unless you design your own there's always going to be something missing or not quite right. This is my 3rd Ospray rucksack. Having said that, the Kyte 36 comes very close to that ideal pack for me. The bag sits well on my back and is very comfortable. I like the side and bottom zips because you can access things easily without having to open from the top and rummaging all the way down to the bottom. The compression straps would come in very handy when using as a cabin luggage. The size of this bag is not too big so I can use it as a day pack but more importantly as my only luggage bag for trips up to a couple of weeks. The deep side mesh hold my drink bottles or anything else snugly without falling out when the bag is turned upside down. Overall this is the best backpack I own so far.
I bought this rucksack for a 5-day long distance walk. Although overall the pack was very solid and stable, and had loads of room, there were a few niggles which mean I didn't award 5 stars. The divider separating the bottom compartment seemed superfluous as it was held up with straps rather than a zip, so items could slip down to the bottom. While the hip belt pockets seemed a good idea, I found them hard to access (unless you had long arms). Similarly I found the "stow on the go" pole attachments accessed at the side fiddly when inserting the poles so not so easy to operate. However my main issue was that I found the airscape back panel made my lower back hot, sweaty and sticky on a warm day. My previous rucksack had a suspended mesh panel system which kept me cool and dry so perhaps its personal preference,e and you have to weigh stability of the pack over comfort.