Osprey Hikelite 18

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  1. Watcher of the Woods

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    I have owned more than 20 packs in the last few years searching for my perfect day pack. I'm picky, and I enjoy the hunt. My wife goes crazy when I buy a new bag, or buy a bag that I've sold before, again... Well, I talked her into a new day pack, and got one for myself. Safe to say, this one is really sticking on me...

    This is the first pack (Other than the Tarahumara) that I've been able to wear in conjunction with my HPG kit bag, comfortably. Other packs made my shoulders ache, lacked the organization or size I wanted, didn't fit my body right, etc.

    I've put over 50 miles on this pack so far and I have no complaints, other than wishing for more internal organization.

    Pros:
    -Holds my hydration bladder perfectly.
    -Built in rain fly.
    -AMAZING suspension system on a small pack. The mesh/metal frame keeps the pack away from my back and allows me to cool down. REALLY important here in the high desert.
    -Holds all I need for a day hike.
    -Side stretch pockets are great for small items I need to access quickly.
    -Lifetime warranty.
    -Sub $100 price.

    Cons:
    -Poor internal organization.
    -No large mesh pocket for wet jackets.

    I'll continue to share my thoughts on this pack as time goes on.

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  2. NJStricker

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    I really am drawn to Ospreys day packs. But their waist belt is more of a belly belt on me.
     
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    I've also owned the Talon 22 and Stratos 24, and my wife had the Daylite, and Daylite Plus.

    The talon 22 I could NOT get comfortable for me. I think it was the lack of a rigid back panel. It just didn't sit right on my back. The hip belt seemed more hindrance than help, and I rarely used it. The Stratos 24 was a great pack and I almost bought it again. It just seemed bigger than what I needed for a day hike. I loved the suspension though. The Daylite, Daylite plus, and Hikelite all have the same "waist belt". I only use it as a method of keeping the pack secure, and not moving around. It does very little to take the weight off of my shoulders.
     
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    I have a Hikelite 26 and I really like the suspension back on it. It is so much cooler than everything else I have tried prior.
     
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    How that Dachshund do on hiking trips? Does he get some bag-carry time?
     
  6. Watcher of the Woods

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    I’ve never set her up with a pack. She does well as long as it’s not too hot and the sun isn’t too powerful. We have to go early, late, or have it be 75 or below. Today she just did 9 miles and took it like a champ!
     
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    I have the Osprey Kestrel 38. It's a great extended day pack, and possibly a minimilist over night bag. I did try a hydration bladder in it, but found them to be more of a pain then they are worth. Bottles are much easier in my opinion, and don't take up bag space.
     
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    haha... I meant, does she get to ride inside your backpack sometimes. Dang 9 miles those short legs is good!
     
  9. Watcher of the Woods

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    Lol, I gotcha. She went in my wife’s pack last winter for a really snowy hike. Otherwise she’s on her own!
     
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    Took off the hip belt which actually seems to make it ride more comfortably. Also adjusted the straps and have a solid fit now. Zero discomfort today and it was fully loaded down. Turning out to be a really solid pack.

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    Took off the waist belt which actually seemed to make it more comfortable. Also got the shoulder straps well adjusted. I'm pretty impressed for an $80 pack.

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    I picked one up last month, and really liked the suspension system, but something about the cut around my hips and waist didn't feel right. Ended up taking it back and getting a different pack that felt better. Really wish the Osprey would have fit better because I've never felt a more comfortable set of straps.
     
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    You obviously haven't tried an HPG bag, those straps are something to write home about....
     
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    Unfortunately, I have not. I'd love to, but they're outside of my current budget constraints.
     
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    I love HPG shoulder straps, but find them to be a little too wide. They rub my neck which annoys me. The packs also breathe really poorly. Otherwise they're amazing.
     
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    Word. The packs don't breathe at all and the interior organization is non-existent. But they are bombproof and comfy as hell. (sigh) I do enjoy the hunt, but I also wish someone would just make the perfect pack already. If Kifaru and HPG would just get together and more or less design right down the middle I am pretty confident it would attract money like white on smurf and solve my pack problems to boot....
     
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    Yeah, so many packs do 75% of thing right!
     
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