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The Osprey Backpack Selection Formula

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What Size Osprey Backpack Do I Need?

Osprey Backpack Selection Formula

Looking for a few quick tips regarding selecting the best osprey backpack for your upcoming trip? You have googled the right answer. Here are our top ideas to keep in mind as you select the best osprey backpack for your travels.

Idea 1: DETERMINE WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO WITH THE OSPREY BACKPACK.

This point sounds obvious but it is worth repeating. Having an idea what you are going to do with the backpack is key. If you intend to do a lot of long tough several day hikes you will need a different backpack compared to if you are hiking your local park for a few hours.

For those long tough hikes, an ultralight hiking pack is a smart way to save your back from tough pain. However, for those short hikes, the extra cost for ultralight hiking pack might not be worth it as you probably won’t be moving around with that much stuff. 

The weight of the osprey backpacks can vary significantly depending on the liter size backpack you select. 

Idea 2: DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO HAUL.

Osprey backpacks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The key is finding the right osprey size for your intended travel. A common rule of thumb for understanding the best backpack size for your next journey is the following:

  1. If you are planning a day trip, aim for an osprey backpack with 15 liters/915 cubic inches. 
  2. If you are planning a weekend trip, aim for an osprey backpack with 35-50 liters/ 2000 to 3000 cubic inches.
  3. If you are planning a week or so trip, aim for an osprey backpack with 50 to 60 liters/ 3000 to 4000 cubic inches.
  4. If you are planning a trip longer than a week, aim for an osprey backpack with 65 liters or higher/ 4500 cubic inches.

Idea 3: THE CORRECT FIT = OSPREY BACKPACK TORSO LENGTH:

When selecting an osprey backpack for fit, you want a backpack that falls into this general rule of thumb below. One measures torso length from your shoulders to the top of you hip bone.

Backpack Size Torso Length
Extra small  Up to 15 inches
Small 16 to 17 inches
Medium 18 to 19 inches
Large 20 inches

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