Osprey Mira 18 pack is a women specific design. This small pack comes with surprisingly nice features which make it a truly multipurpose pack, equally suitable for quick hiking or cycling day tours and for around town use.
Stand out features
- Integrated rain cover.
- Separate zippered water bladder compartment.
- Water bladder included.
- So-called anti-gravity suspension system.
- Stow-on-the-go attachment system.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Osprey Mira 18 pack is a panel-type, so you have the usual zippered entrance.
On both sides of the pack, you have dual upper and lower compression straps, visible in the picture on the right. This you will use to cinch the pack if needed or to carry some pieces of equipment.
On the front of the pack you have a helmet attachment loop, and on the bottom you have yet another loop for light attachment.
Here too you have Osprey’s stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachment system. This you will be using to temporarily store your trekking poles when you need free hands, like when you want to eat something, to take a photo, or when you have to do some rock scramble.
As mentioned above, this tiny pack includes also an integrated removable rain cover. You have a zippered pocket on the bottom for the cover. I am truly delighted to see this feature here.
The pack is hydration compatible, so you have a separate zippered compartment for a water bladder (see the picture below). In fact, the bladder is included, which is yet another great feature you have here. So you have a Hydraulics LT 2.5 liter reservoir, and it comes with Osprey’s magnetic sternum strap bite valve which you can see in the picture below.
I have mentioned that this is a multi-purpose pack. Indeed, for around town use or for your work, you can remove the reservoir and use its zippered compartment for your computer or for books.
Women-specific design implies that the harness is anatomic, made to suit women’s body, buckles are made softer than usual, the waist belt is conical, and the torso range is for shorter bodies.
Here you have the award winning anti-gravity (AG) suspension, which is used in several other series of Osprey. This includes the following elements:
- A LightWire frame.
- A tensioned mesh.
- BioStretch shoulder harness.
- AG hip belt.
All these elements are designed to distribute weight as comfortably as possible regardless of the body motion. The idea is to distribute the weight so that you do not have the usual hot spots in the waist area like in the classic pack design. The role of the wire frame is to provide tension to the mesh.
Though, I wish to stress that this AG design is more needed for larger packs, like those from Atmos and Aura series of Osprey. But in any case, this is a great design which provides an excellent ventilation because the tensioned mesh is completely separated from the back of the pack.
I have just seen one customer complaining that the hip belt is “spring-loaded and is always around your sides”. Note, this is due to the AG design and due to the tensioned mesh used here. So be ready for this to avoid any surprises.
You have dual zippered pockets on the hip belt, it is always great to have them there. On both sides of the pack, you have one mesh stretch pockets. This is for a water bottle or for tent poles because you also have dual compression straps on the sides so you can fix nicely whatever you store there.
One pocket is on the front of the pack, and the entrance is through a rather unusual vertically positioned zipper. Yet another small zippered pocket is on the top section of the pack, close to the main entrance zipper.
There is yet another stretch mesh pocket on the front of the pack, with a buckle on the top. One mesh pocket is inside the main compartment, it is visible in one of the pictures above.
In this short video you can see the most important features of the Mira and Manta series of Osprey, so please have a look:
- Women-specific design.
- Best use: hiking, cycling, day life.
- Weight: 1140 g (2.51 lb).
- Volume: 18 L (1098 cu in).
- Size: 20 x 11 x 12 in (50.8 x 28 x 30.5 cm).
- Torso fit: 15 – 18 in (38 -46 cm).
- Waist fit: 25 – 50 in (63.5 – 127 cm).
- Access: panel type.
- Rain cover included.
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
- Internal frame.
- Fabric: 210 D High Tenacity Nylon, and 100D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop.
- Hydration compatible.
- Water bladder 2.5 L included.
- Adjustable sternum strap.
- Carry weight: 25 lb (11.3 kg).
- Colors: 3.
- Size: 1
Pros & cons
The price of this pack may look high, but bear in mind what you get here, paying extra for reservoir and rain cover would cost a lot.
Comparison with other brands
Here I give a few other packs for comparison, all top models from the similar size range:
Speed Lite 20
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What is new in the new AG model
- The main difference is the suspended tensioned mesh in the new AG system.
- The vertical zipper and pocket on the front in the new model. In the old version, the front zippered pocket was with a horizontal zipper. I must say that the old version’s design was better in this respect. The old version is still available at Amazon.
To conclude this text about Osprey Mira 18 pack, this is a great small multi-purpose pack with several truly nice features. The included water reservoir and the rain cover makes this pack a true bargain. If you would buy them separately they would cost at least $30 and $25, respectively. Note that Mira series comes in sizes of 34, 26, and 18 liters.
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