Item: Osprey Aura 50l Rucksack

Cost: c£130

Used for: Multi-Day Hikes / Long Trails

Enjoyment Level: Very comfy

Osprey Pack Review after 3 years+ of use!

I first purchased my Osprey Aura 50l pack in 2016 in preparation for my first Camino experience.  I remember spending hours and hours online looking for the right pack and eventually, I went to Cotswold Outdoors to get some professional advice.  Osprey make rucksacks that are specifically for women and this was the first attraction.

I have no idea how many miles I have walked with this pack but it is certainly in the 1000's! This pack is extremely well made and I have a few scuffs as you would expect, but there are no tears, no broken zips and no holes anywhere - the quality is outstanding.

What do I love about this pack?

  • It is super comfy.  The hip belt is snug around my waist and this helps with weight distribution.
  • I like the different compartments and pockets, especially the big stretch mesh pocket in the front.
  • The side mesh pockets have two entrance points, which makes it easy to grab stuff, including water bottles.  (I have had operations on both shoulders, so my flexibility is limited).
  • If you use a hydration bladder, then the little extra features of the internal hook are fab.
  • Oh... I forgot that it has a built-in whistle on the sternum strap which I have actually used!

What do I dislike?

  • The weight - it is around 4 lbs and I have been tempted by some ultralight packs that are less than 2 lbs.
  • The brain (top bag) does not snap off quickly - it is a lot of messing around to take it on and off.
  • Also, the bag on the top has no shoulder strap, it is just like a packing cube, so you couldn't use it as a day pack.
  • Straps - there are too many straps on this pack!



Have Your Own Adventure


  1. Richard Stinson on September 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Julia, I understood the internal zip on he pack is purely due to how they manufacture the packs.
    I hope that helps.

    • Adventure Geek on September 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm

      ah! I see now. Thanks, Richard. I hope you are