Osprey Kyte 46 backpack for women has been redesigned recently and the text you are reading now is about that version. This is a feature-rich pack, with everything you need for various outdoor activities like short hiking, mountaineering and climbing tours. With 46 liters of volume, this pack is ideal for overnight, weekend, and multi-day tours.
Place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.
- In EU please check also at Bol.com.
New Kyte 46 pack: general description
The number 46 in the name gives the volume in liters. Kyte 46 is a women-specific versatile design. The corresponding version for men is Osprey Kestrel 48, the new version of this model is described within this site, check the link.
The size of the pack is such that it is ideal for overnight and weekend tours, and even for multi-day tours in mild temperatures where you do not carry a lot of warm clothes.
The pack comes in 2 different sizes:
- extra small/small, and
The padding, contouring of the shoulder straps, and the space between them is all made such to fit women’s specific body shape.
The torso length is completely adjustable, based on a velcro connection, a lightweight peripheral frame, and Osprey’s AirScape ridged back panel. The panel is with air flow channels, padded by a pleasant foam, and with a mesh covering it all.
The die-cut spacer mesh foam padding is also along the shoulder straps and on the hip belt.
The great Osprey’s feature, stow-on-the-go attachment cord is also on the shoulder strap, to use for the trekking poles attachment. Yet another loop for this purpose is below on the side of the pack.
Hydration sleeve is external, positioned between the back panel and the main compartment, and with the access from the top behind the shoulder straps.
This is very convenient and you do not need to open the main compartment to refill the water bladder. In the case of any leak or condensation, they have added a hole on the bottom of the sleeve. You will find it on the back of the pack below the back panel.
The top lid is of a classic shape, not removable, and you have a large zippered pocket in it with the access from outside. Yet another zippered pocket is beneath the lid, accessible when you open the pack.
An expandable collar will give you a few liters of volume if needed and the lid will adjust to this. A compression strap is available on the entrance to cinch the stuff down. So this is a top loading pack, but the new version has an extra side entrance with a long vertically positioned zipper.
On the other side of the pack, you have the same long zipper but this is the entrance to a very big side pocket. It is so long that you can easily put tent poles in it. So these are all new features that come with this version of the pack. You can see the old version here on the right.
Another 2 zippered pockets are on the hip belt, they are visible in the pictures given here. Very big stretchy mesh pockets are on each side of the pack, suitable for a water bottle, tent poles or anything similar.
One stretchy pocket is on the front. On both sides of it, you have daisy chains available. Below the front pocket you have a zippered entrance to the bottom compartment, with 2 removable compression straps over it.
Completely on the bottom, you will find a zippered pocket with an integrated rain cover, a great feature to have indeed.
One attachment loop is on the front, and higher up you have a bungee cord; this you will use to attach your ice axe or poles.
Here is Osprey’s promotion video about Kestrel and Kyte series, have a look:
Technical specifications & list of features
- Weight: 1.61 kg.
- Maximum dimensions, cm: 70 (l) x 35 (w) x 36 (d).
- Women’s specific design.
- 2 different sizes.
- Lightweight peripheral frame.
- Fully adjustable AirScape back panel. Foam ridges for ventilation.
- Die-cut spacer mesh hip belt and harness.
- Adjustable sternum strap with an emergency whistle.
- Adjustable torso length.
- Vertical zippered side access point.
- Stretch front pocket.
- Dual zippered hip belt pockets.
- Hydration compatible.
- Bottom compartment.
- Zippered top pocket.
- Stretch mesh side pockets.
- Under lid zipped mesh pocket.
- External hydration sleeve.
- Removable sleeping pad straps.
- Side compression straps.
- Single ice axe loop.
- Front tie off points; daisy chains.
- Internal key attachment clip.
- 3 colors:
What is new in the new version
- Zippered side entrance on one side.
- Zippered side pocket on the other side.
- One attachment loop instead of two.
- Rain cover pocket on the bottom, instead on the front of the pack.
- Back panel redesigned, air flow channels added, padding improved.
Pros and cons
My objections are similar to the new Kestrel 48 pack. I would rather have yet another side zippered pocket than the new side entrance. Do not like this asymmetric design.
Osprey Kyte 46 pack for women presented here is a new version from 2016, so the amount of reviews available on several sites I checked is rather limited. I checked at Osprey’s site, at Amazon and a few other places. All give a very high rate to this new version, high above 4 on the scale of 1-5.
Comparison with other brands
Here I compare Osprey Kyte 46 pack with some other brands, all models for women:
PRO SL 40
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To conclude this text about the new Osprey Kyte 46 backpack for women, you have seen from the comparison table above that this is a pack full of great features, more than other top models. There are a few details which I dislike, but this is my own view. This is a high-quality pack.
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