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2020 Camino Guides

Sjp007

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017 St James
2020 St James
4F1721B1-79ED-4EE3-A9B4-8E55D1C60B54.jpeg4F1721B1-79ED-4EE3-A9B4-8E55D1C60B54.jpegWOW! If you haven’t decided on a backpack for your Camino yet, I’d suggest an Osprey!!! I had a few tears in the side pockets (my fault) and apparently Osprey guarantees their packs and will mend any problems you have ....and if they can’t, they’ll send you a brand new pack, just like my brand new Osprey Kyte 36 in mulberry purple 🥰🥰 They replaced my pack with no questions asked ....can’t wait to use it on this summer’s Camino
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
They are indeed! My trusty (now discontinued) Aura developed an almighty creak, and even that was covered under the Almighty guarantee! Good to know that they are prepared to back up their products. Congratulations with your beautiful new pack!
 

Roaming_Wombat

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April 2020
I'm researching backpacks at the moment, and the Osprey Stratos 34 is at the top of my list.

My only concern is it's a heavy backpack weighing 1.4kg.

Anyone else used the Stratos 34?
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have an Osprey Sirrus 36 L women's model and love it. It's 3 caminos in so far and still looks like new. A tad heavier maybe than an ultralite model, but no problem for me. My daughter in law has the lighter weight Exos and it was phenominal. She is very tiny and had no complaints or issues on 800k's.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe, BR (01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT (09/2019)
My Osprey Talon 22 is called Terry and we've completed 3 European Caminos and 1 North American and he's a Pilgrim's best friend inspite of the amount of gear I've stuffed into him, hanging him by belt from bunks and expecting him to carry moonshine and wine not to mention the needles I've stuck into him over the last year, still going strong and never a pain in the back and although received a cut going through airport security scanner I managed to patch him up 🤠
 

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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
My Osprey Talon 22 is called Terry and we've completed 3 European Caminos and 1 North American and he's a Pilgrim's best friend inspite of the amount of gear I've stuffed into him, hanging him by belt from bunks and expecting him to carry moonshine and wine not to mention the needles I've stuck into him over the last year, still going strong and never a pain in the back and although received a cut going through airport security scanner I managed to patch him up 🤠
My friend carried this exact same Talon 22L in black on the Le Puy camino in 2018. I watched her stuff it to the gills like a sausage every morning and bang it around, and in spite of the abuse it held up well.
 

GraemeHall

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: St-Jean-PdP - Santiago dC - Muxía - Fisterra (Aug 2017 and March/April 2018)
My trusty Osprey Talon 33 (M) has been my companion on 2 Caminos so far and has been perfect for me. It's a bit of a pain when you need something that is right at the bottom, but that usually reflects careless packing.
And I so love being able to always take it as cabin luggage on the flights from and home to Australia.20191003_071506.jpg
 
Camino(s) past & future
2017-Sarria to Santiago and Lires to Finisterre
View attachment 68702View attachment 68702WOW! If you haven’t decided on a backpack for your Camino yet, I’d suggest an Osprey!!! I had a few tears in the side pockets (my fault) and apparently Osprey guarantees their packs and will mend any problems you have ....and if they can’t, they’ll send you a brand new pack, just like my brand new Osprey Kyte 36 in mulberry purple 🥰🥰 They replaced my pack with no questions asked ....can’t wait to use it on this summer’s Camino
Agreed. I have a Stratos 36 and love it. I also purchased an Osprey Farpoint 40 travel pack last year for a month long non-hiking trip to Switzerland and was able to use it as a carry-on and avoid checking a bag. I have been very happy with my Osprey choices.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sep/Oct 2015
C Primitivo Sep / Oct 2016
Portugese Sep/Oct 2017
VdlP, Muxia 2018
View attachment 68702View attachment 68702WOW! If you haven’t decided on a backpack for your Camino yet, I’d suggest an Osprey!!! I had a few tears in the side pockets (my fault) and apparently Osprey guarantees their packs and will mend any problems you have ....and if they can’t, they’ll send you a brand new pack, just like my brand new Osprey Kyte 36 in mulberry purple 🥰🥰 They replaced my pack with no questions asked ....can’t wait to use it on this summer’s Camino
Thanks for all this information. It seems like everybody in front of me on my caminos has an Osprey. I see that bird everywhere. I've used BERGHAUS for 2 and Lowe Alpine for the last 3. I am researching Osprey for my next. Also thinking Carbon footprint so the kids and grandson will inherit the other 2!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (July 2016), Primitivo (July 2018), Portuguese (March 2019)
Osprey do make great packs. I’ve got a kestrel 38 which has been absolutely superb on three Caminos. It’s roughly 1.2kg empty which rises to around 6.5kg with the usual stuff inside. It’s never completely full but holds its structure perfectly. It’s incredibly comfortable, so much so that after the first day or so it’s noticeable thereafter. My wife has a tempest 30 which is light, comfortable and tops out at around 5.5kg fully loaded. However, her shoulder straps are thinner than mine which over a period of time tend to make her shoulders ache. We’re hoping to avoid that by attaching 8mm of neoprene to the underside of both straps for our next visit in April. We had looked at replacing her tempest by a sirrus 36 but it’s quite a bit heavier unpacked which might remove the advantage of slightly thicker straps. Hence the neoprene. Good luck with your choice.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
The pack brand I saw the most often on the CF in 2017 was the Osprey. When I returned to the Northwest, I purchased the Osprey Kestrel 48 in dragon red from my local (Bellingham) REI. It seemed fitting since there is an osprey pair that nests on the Guemes Channel near the ferry terminal about a mile from my home. The osprey (bird) is familiarly referred to as a seahawk, hence Seattle Seahawks (American) football team.
 

Charles Zammit

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean Pied de Port - Finisterra 2017
GR70 France 2018
Via Francigena 2019
They are indeed great packs to use . I have two that have seen the Francaise , The Stevenson's and most recently The Via Francigena.
Unfortunately the legendary warranty isn't honoured quite so stringently here in Australia . A damaged pack is more likely to be repaired by a local shoe repairer and then returned to you with patches , lumpy mismatched stitching and compromised water proofing .
 

Charles Zammit

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean Pied de Port - Finisterra 2017
GR70 France 2018
Via Francigena 2019
They do John , I heartily agree .
It is a great source of disappointment to me that major outdoor companies seem to disregard the Australian consumer . It seems to me that they think our market is just not big enough to worry about .
Both Osprey and The North Face have treated me and some of my companions abominably, there were certainly no new replacements offered, my favouite Osprey pack was junk when it was returned totally unsuitable , I replaced it with a second hand one . The North Face would not even repair loose and detached seam tape from a Gore Tex jacket . The only decent , fair and worthwhile warranty replacement I have ever received was from Merrell who replaced clearly defective Moabs without a murmur .
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances and Invierno (2019)
Camino Frances (2021)
View attachment 68702View attachment 68702WOW! If you haven’t decided on a backpack for your Camino yet, I’d suggest an Osprey!!! I had a few tears in the side pockets (my fault) and apparently Osprey guarantees their packs and will mend any problems you have ....and if they can’t, they’ll send you a brand new pack, just like my brand new Osprey Kyte 36 in mulberry purple 🥰🥰 They replaced my pack with no questions asked ....can’t wait to use it on this summer’s Camino
I am addicted to Osprey, I have 5 😇😇😇😇
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
They do John , I heartily agree .
It is a great source of disappointment to me that major outdoor companies seem to disregard the Australian consumer . It seems to me that they think our market is just not big enough to worry about .
Both Osprey and The North Face have treated me and some of my companions abominably, there were certainly no new replacements offered, my favouite Osprey pack was junk when it was returned totally unsuitable , I replaced it with a second hand one . The North Face would not even repair loose and detached seam tape from a Gore Tex jacket . The only decent , fair and worthwhile warranty replacement I have ever received was from Merrell who replaced clearly defective Moabs without a murmur .
In the 1980s when I was living in Singapore, I experienced the same kinds of issues, Charles, so I appreciate your comments re: North Face, et.al. Part of the (ongoing) issue is that very few American companies export, so they haven't, generally speaking, embraced a global mindset. The US companies that do figure it out are successful. Thinking now about all my Australian friends going through fires and floods.
 

JanelMcB

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018)
Purchased Osprey Lumina 60 in 2018. Chose it because it fit well, did not have any pockets on the belt, and its super-light weight; 1 pound 14 ounces. Saw plenty of Osprey along the way.
 

Karl Oz

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
When I read the OP I thought it was an ad. The link to the Osprey website tipped me. But many respondents have taken it at face value, so maybe I was being cynical (and I'm an Osprey user myself).
 

Razvan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future (2018)
Hello
I have an Osprey Stratos 50, has anyone else use it as a carry-on with Ryanair?
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
@Razvan Just measure the back frame. I know the Stratos size L is about 5-6 cm too tall to go on Ryanair, where the max size is 55 cms. Don't go by the size on the website, but measure the pack itself. A medium back size might work.
 

Razvan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future (2018)
@Razvan Just measure the back frame. I know the Stratos size L is about 5-6 cm too tall to go on Ryanair, where the max size is 55 cms. Don't go by the size on the website, but measure the pack itself. A medium back size might work.
Somebody used Osprey Talon 33 as carry-on - 61 cm, I intend to pass without the lid.
Indeed is more than 5 cm high, without a lid, I hoped someone else would have passed without any problem.
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
The Talon 33 only has M/L as the longest back size, the pure L is longer. I have used a Talon 33 and 44, both M/L, as hand luggage with no problem because they are just under 55 cm long. The lid has nothing to do with the size as it can be pulled down - only the back system is rigid enough to cause problems. Doesn't matter if someone else has got through with a certain model, but how full the pack is and how long the back system is. And my husband's Stratos 34 in a long back, is too long to take the risk.
 

Phoenix

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014, CF: partial
2016, CF
2018, CF: partial
2019, CP
Osprey do make great packs. I’ve got a kestrel 38 which has been absolutely superb on three Caminos. It’s roughly 1.2kg empty which rises to around 6.5kg with the usual stuff inside. It’s never completely full but holds its structure perfectly. It’s incredibly comfortable, so much so that after the first day or so it’s noticeable thereafter. My wife has a tempest 30 which is light, comfortable and tops out at around 5.5kg fully loaded. However, her shoulder straps are thinner than mine which over a period of time tend to make her shoulders ache. We’re hoping to avoid that by attaching 8mm of neoprene to the underside of both straps for our next visit in April. We had looked at replacing her tempest by a sirrus 36 but it’s quite a bit heavier unpacked which might remove the advantage of slightly thicker straps. Hence the neoprene. Good luck with your choice.
Agree on the Osprey Kestral 38L. Great pack. I'm on my second one only because I passed my first one off (after 7 yrs of use) to a friend who will walk his first Camino this summer.
 

Razvan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future (2018)
The Talon 33 only has M/L as the longest back size, the pure L is longer. I have used a Talon 33 and 44, both M/L, as hand luggage with no problem because they are just under 55 cm long. The lid has nothing to do with the size as it can be pulled down - only the back system is rigid enough to cause problems. Doesn't matter if someone else has got through with a certain model, but how full the pack is and how long the back system is. And my husband's Stratos 34 in a long back, is too long to take the risk.
Looks like I have a big problem ... :(
A recommendation for a 53 cm long torso?
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
@Razvan Do you mean that you have measured the Stratos 50? Is it a long back, or medium? Have you got it or were you thinking of getting it? I can certainly recommend the Talon 33 or 44, but if you already have a Stratos in a medium back that should be fine - provided it is shorter than 55 cms.
 

Razvan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future (2018)
@Razvan Do you mean that you have measured the Stratos 50? Is it a long back, or medium? Have you got it or were you thinking of getting it? I can certainly recommend the Talon 33 or 44, but if you already have a Stratos in a medium back that should be fine - provided it is shorter than 55 cms.
It is size M / L, with lid has about 65-70 cm, without lid has 60 cm (I measured the frame).
I have Osprey Startos 50, as well as a Kestrel 48 and an Exos 48., please don't ask why :)
.... and Osprey Escapist 32 ...
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
Haha, I don't need to ask why 😁 I have a Talon 44, Talon 33, Tempest 30 and an Escapist 25 ... take the Escapist, it is a good pack for the camino. Lighter and shorter than the others, panel opening to stop you overpacking ... try it at least!
 

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Razvan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future (2018)
But I love so much the Stratos ....

I tried it ....
It is ok without the sleeping bag and the Teva sandals ... :(
 

henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
Agree on the Osprey Kestral 38L. Great pack. I'm on my second one only because I passed my first one off (after 7 yrs of use) to a friend who will walk his first Camino this summer.
Kestrel 38 currently under £90 in the UK. I bought a spare.
 

Delphinoula

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Try them before you buy them . I did and found the Deuter better with my body lengths. Did not like the padding and how they were sitting on my hips. But each its own.
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
Try them before you buy them
Absolutely, that goes for any pack. Even though lots of people are very enthusiastic about Osprey packs - partly because of their many adjustments which make them fit many people - that doesn't mean that any Osprey will fit any back. Try before you buy and even better, walk around the shop with 5-7 kgs in them before you even consider spending your money.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (2020)
When I read the OP I thought it was an ad. The link to the Osprey website tipped me. But many respondents have taken it at face value, so maybe I was being cynical (and I'm an Osprey user myself).
@Karl Oz, it seems to me there is a fine line between fulsome praise of a product that might just help others, and mere promotion that helps the company more than it informs other members.

Like you, I have Osprey packs, but they are not my preferred pack for the Camino. That is a Deuter. I tried the Levity on my recent pilgrimage walk in England, which was short enough so that if there were issues it wasn't going to be a disaster. It has its limitations. Every pack is a complex set of design compromises, and Osprey is no different in this regard. Despite the issues, the Levity deserves consideration alongside those from other manufacturers of lightweight packs.

If you are in the US/Canada and after a lightweight Camino pack, check out some of the packs that @davebugg has tested if you want something approaching the best in lightweight pack designs.
 
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