What is an Osprey Tempest 20? A day sack designed for women and girls. We take it on the hills to give it a test.
We’ve reviewed and tested a few daysacks before. Some for kids; some for adults.
One of the GOWTK Tribe Members suggested that a small Osprey backpack was ideal for her daughter, so when e-Outdoor offered for us to test one, we jumped at the chance.
Osprey Tempest 20 Backpack Review
My first impression of the Osprey Tempest 20 backpack was ‘wow‘.
I loved the vibrant colour, design and features. When it comes to features, the bag is packed with technical features.
- Designed for women. Female specific back system.
- Airscape back panel with foam ridges for ventilation.
- Sternum straps with emergency whistle.
- Stretch mesh side pockets.
- LidLock helmet attachment.
- Reflective graphics for added safety.
- Twin zipped hip belt pockets.
- Adjustable hydration sleeve.
- Stretch pocket on the harness.
- External hydration access.
- Internal key attachment clip.
- Side compression straps.
- Stow-on-the-go pole attachment point.
- A single ice axe loop.
Not having tried an Osprey product we couldn’t wait to try it out. My daughter (who had her eye on this backpack! ) and I took it out on an adventure up in the hills.
So what did we like about it? In short everything!
The attention to detail and design on the Osprey Tempest 20 gets top marks from us.
The adjustable should harness, hip belt and AirSpace back panel allowed for a very comfortable fit.
The pack is ideal for a day hike holding 20 litres.
The zipped main compartment was easy to load and there was plenty of other storage space provided by additional pockets. The stretch side pockets were handy for water bottles and items you may want to hand to save rummaging through your primary storage compartment.
If you wish to carry a wet rain jacket, you can store it in a front stretch pocket to avoid getting things inside your bag wet.
The zipped pocket on each side of the hip belt was very handy for storing items you want quickly or easy to hand like a small camera, compass, or phone.
In the main compartment, a small zipped pocket is useful for storing keys or loose change.
The storage on this backpack is outstanding. Pockets for everything you can think of.
The stow-on-the-go pole attachment is a great feature allowing you to store your walking poles while wearing the backpack.
One of my favourite features is the whistle on the sternum strap. Such an ingenious design and could one day save your life if you were in an emergency situation.
There is also an external hydration sleeve. When we gave the backpack a test we did not need to use this feature ( will update when we do ).
In addition to all the pockets, there is a LidLock bike helmet attachment and LED bike light attachment point.
Everything for adventures has been thought about, we couldn’t find anything to fault.
All these practical features do not comprise the look of this backpack. It’s stylish and practical. I am more than happy to wear this pack on the hills and so is my daughter. I think we may be fighting over who gets it first!!
Here’s a video from Osprey on the Tempest and the Talon (the version for Dads and Lads).
The Osprey Tempest 20 day-sack get’s the Thumbs Up Award from us as another great bit of kit when getting outdoors with your family.
A Second Opinion
Here are some thoughts from Sander Woutersen, a GOWTK reader.
The best pack for kids who want to join their parents for a multiple days hike with lightweight camping gear is IMHO the Osprey Ace series (38 & 50). For the youngest kids who can carry some gear the Deuter Climber is also very good one to start with. Keep the total weight below 10% of the body weight of your kids. Only with much exercise they can carry some more weight. But try to keep close to the 10% of the body weight.
Disclaimer: Many thanks to e-Outdoor for providing the Osprey Tempest 20 for us to test and review. All opinions are our own.
Where to Buy: Osprey Tempest 20 Backpack – Designed for Girls and Mums