My wife and I love our 36L Sirrus and Stratos packs from Osprey. Plenty large for any camino. Our loads have been pared down to only 6 kgs (minus my electronics, it would be even lighter). As the book title says, “to walk far, carry less.”
I like my 36 L Kyte with the side zipper SO MUCH that I bought a second one at this sale — $129 CAD I think. I can now give away my oldest one with the stretched out pockets and no side zipper. That one is going to a friend who is happy to put in new elastic and head out on her first camino next year.
And with 2 packs of my own, I can keep one at my little shack in the woods, and one at home so that I am always, always ready.
My first Osprey pack — 36 L Kyte, 2013 purchase. Went on my CF in 2014. No side zipper. That is the one being handed onward to a friend who can repair the elastic bottle holders and pouch to take on her first camino.
45 L Osprey Talon — this is the one I use for major shopping at the farmers’ market.
22 L Osprey Mira — until Work From Home this was my day-to-day pack for carrying all my work crap. *Almost* took it on my CP, but things were too crammed in to be easily accessible during the day. I do use this bag on the endurance trek I do in deep winter: 65 K in one day as a charity effort.
36 L Osprey Kyte — dark blue, this one went with me on my second CF, and on my CP and the side zipper for access that didn’t require unpacking the bag made it the easiest bag I’ve ever carried. That one stays at my shack in the woods so that I always have gear to go.
36 L Osprey Kyte — teal blue/green — this is the pack that will go on any future camino, and will be my day-pack for hiking out/back at home. I like having a place to carry my lunch and snacks separately from a change of the shirt, socks, and so on, and plenty of room to store my allergy and asthma meds (those are *chunky*). And room to spare to pick up a bit of groceries on the way home.
6 L Osprey tempest — this is a hip-pack where I can stuff snacks, meds, phone, and 2 hydration bottles — as well as a hydration bladder if I want. This one goes on the endurance trek because I have to eat in the dark on that one, so easy access is crucial. I also take this little pack if I want to be a minimalist and not pick up anything and can also get away with not carrying stuff for anyone else.
Maybe it’s because I don’t drive, so these packs are my “trunk” in many respects. But they are all in pretty regular use.
I Love Osprey! With that said, I have an Osprey backpack for every occasion from a 65L for the Appalachian Trail, to a Day pack to do hikes in the park. My last investment was a Kyte 46, which I taken this on the Camino, is light, has its own rain cover built in and super comfortable! I made the mistake of taking the Big one to Camino and had to buy a smaller one in Zubiri (Deuters) after mailing the old one and about 15lbs of stuff I didn’t need! Lol It’s funny you go to Camino 101 classes and people tell you what to bring, but we are people with old habits hard to break! I tell you 7 days in Camino and going through the alps will change your mind really quick!! My next Camino, hopefully soon, I will bring a 20-30L Osprey and it will be much easier! BUEN CAMINO
Fair enough, but the Osprey warrantee is such that you can buy the pack from anywhere and receive lifetime service/repairs directly from Osprey. So *if* you are in the market... Atmosphere is still a safe point of purchase.
I use a Osprey Exos 39. I have traveled with to the Camino, West Africa and last year in Iraq. I own several packs so far this has been my best. I purchased a Zpack Nero for my Camino last October which canceled because of Covid 19.