This top-loader is ideal for hiking and travelling light, and even takes a D-SLR camera
Price at time of review: £75
Treading the tropics
Those treading the tropics at the ‘wrong’ time of year (or backpacking in Blighty on any given day) will adore theOsprey Sirrus 24’s waterproof cover stowed in a pocket in its undercarriage. So too its off-the-back frame, which contributes not only to an empty weight of 1.05kg but also to an especially comfy wear.
With a curved back, but not as much as similar Berghaus daypacks, the Osprey Sirrus 24’s lower section is roomy and its two other pockets are accessible from the top – handy if you’re using it as carry-on luggage and need to stow a wallet or purse. We also found that this 24-litre pack can easily take – and protect – a D-SLR camera in a soft cover.
Hip belt pockets
The trek pole attachment might not be of much use to most, but the hip belt most certainly will; padded and well designed, each side hides a small zipped pocket.
Add a couple of mesh pockets and compartments on the inside and outside and this toploader is screaming not just to accompany, but replace, a backpack.