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Osprey Kyte 36l advice

Coo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk in September, I think from Porto
Hi everyone

I'm new to this group so please forgive me if this is inappropriate. I'm planning to walk the Portugese Way (central I think) in September...super excited! I have a limited budget and have the opportunity of getting a once used Osprey Kyte 36L pack from Australia, one I see recommended by many, but it's not available in SA. Obviously it would be ill advised if I haven't tried it on at all. Is there anyone in Cape Town who has one and would be prepared to let me try theirs on.

Many thanks
 

Sjp007

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017 St James
2020 St James
Hi everyone

I'm new to this group so please forgive me if this is inappropriate. I'm planning to walk the Portugese Way (central I think) in September...super excited! I have a limited budget and have the opportunity of getting a once used Osprey Kyte 36L pack from Australia, one I see recommended by many, but it's not available in SA. Obviously it would be ill advised if I haven't tried it on at all. Is there anyone in Cape Town who has one and would be prepared to let me try theirs on.

Many thanks
BEST pack I’ve ever owned!!! Been using mine for four years and both my daughters have used it as well
 

Coo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk in September, I think from Porto
BEST pack I’ve ever owned!!! Been using mine for four years and both my daughters have used it as well
Thanks for this, my problem is I can't try it on anywhere and so I'll probably have to pass it up. What kind of build are you and your daughters, I'm medium build but narrow hips and that I guess makes it really critical that I try before I buy!
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
Is there an outdoors outfitter selling Osprey packs that you might visit just to try it on?

The Kyte looks like a pretty solid pack, and built to stand up to a lot of use in difficult circumstances. Perhaps not as light as a camino pack might be, where a pack doesn't need to be as robust. But if the price is right and it is big enough for your camino packing list, it would not be an unreasonable option.
 
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Chris Taggart

Merrill23
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago 2013, Leon to Santiago 2018, Porto to Santiago 2019. Pamplona to Burgos (2020)
Hi Coo,
I am no expert, but from experience, and uncomfortable backpacks, I have learnt that
”torso length” is the most important factor in sizing your pack.
If I may recommend a You tube video by Doug, “Backcountry Pilgrim“, he explains the factors of capacity and sizing very well.
Enjoy the Forum, you will find so much to help your thought process, and to make your Camino the best possible experience.
Buen Camino
 

Coo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk in September, I think from Porto
Hi Coo,
I am no expert, but from experience, and uncomfortable backpacks, I have learnt that
”torso length” is the most important factor in sizing your pack.
If I may recommend a You tube video by Doug, “Backcountry Pilgrim“, he explains the factors of capacity and sizing very well.
Enjoy the Forum, you will find so much to help your thought process, and to make your Camino the best possible experience.
Buen Camino
Thank you!
 

Coo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk in September, I think from Porto
Is there an outdoors outfitter selling Osprey packs that you might visit just to try it on?

The Kyte looks like a pretty solid pack, and built to stand up to a lot of use in difficult circumstances. Perhaps not as light as a camino pack might be, where a pack doesn't need to be as robust. But if the price is right and it is big enough for your camino packing list, it would not be an unreasonable option.
Thank you
 

CK007

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: May 2014
Finisterre: May 2014
Madrid: May 2016
Del Salvador: May 2016
Primitivo: May 2016
Hi Coo,

Maybe reconsider the locally stocked options? There is some very budget friendly yet quality options (ranging from R1k - R3k) available at Cape Union Mart/Outdoor Warehouse which ought to come in cheaper than the Aus option, especially considering the "extra" cost getting it from Aus to SA.

Enjoy the planning & prepping, that's half the fun!
 

Coo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk in September, I think from Porto
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Hi Coo,

Maybe reconsider the locally stocked options? There is some very budget friendly yet quality options (ranging from R1k - R3k) available at Cape Union Mart/Outdoor Warehouse which ought to come in cheaper than the Aus option, especially considering the "extra" cost getting it from Aus to SA.

Enjoy the planning & prepping, that's half the fun!
Thanks so much! I have contacts! 😉🙃 and it comes in much cheaper, but still undecided . Thanks for all the input, this is a great forum!
 

hollyw

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugués in 2020
I bought my Osprey Kyte 36 five years ago without trying it on. It fit perfectly. There are a lot of straps you can adjust on it. I know Osprey has an app where you can take a photo of your body and it will "fit" different models of packs to your body based on the photo. You could try that if you don't find anyone in Cape Town with a Kyte.
 

Coo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk in September, I think from Porto
Thanks Holly, I think I'm going to take a chance, my measurements seem to be fine... I've looked at very carefully. I'll let you know!😉
 

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