Osprey Mira 32 Backpack for Women is a fully-featured daypack with a reservoir, a rain cover, adjustable torso size, and plenty of other features for day tours.
Key features & benefits
- Hydration pack.
- Reservoir included.
- Women-specific fit.
- Trampoline-style tensioned back system.
- Adjustable torso length.
- Rain cover included.
So what this is about
If you are familiar with the Osprey Mira & Manta series, then you know that a few years ago they were in the group of the so-called anti-gravity (AG) packs. This was an innovative design and Osprey has many series with it. You can see it in the previous Mira AG 34 pack.
But in the case of this series, they appear to have made a step back. So in this latest version this is not an AG suspension any longer. The same holds for the Manta packs for men, and you can see it in Manta 34 and Manta 24 packs. But there are some improvements, I have summarized them in my earlier text about the new Osprey Manta & Mira Series.
This is a panel-loading pack with a long zipper so it looks like a commuting pack and you can indeed use it for such a purpose.
This pack comes with a bonus 2.5-liter Hydraulics LT reservoir, and with all the features for its easy use. So you have a separate compartment for it behind the harness. The hose port is in the middle behind the neck, and you have a magnetic bite valve that attaches to the port on the sternum strap, and it is with an easy on/off twist lock system.
The reservoir is with a Slide-Seal top-opening which allows you to easily fill and empty the reservoir and you have a full access for cleaning after use. It comes with twin-welded baffles for stability and to maintain a flat profile. It is built from strong yet light TPU material.
You have a QuickConnect system that allows you to remove the reservoir for easier loading, replacement and cleaning. The weight is 170 grams and its dimensions are (L x W x D) 39 x 19 x 6.5 cm.
The mentioned reservoir compartment has a small hole on the bottom. This is to get rid of condensed water, or in case that you missed closing the reservoir properly. So the rest of the gear will not be soaked with water.
This is yet another bonus, and it comes in its own dedicated zippered pocket on the bottom, see the picture below. Here too you have a hole to drain water from the pocket if you store the cover wet.
The suspension is based on a LightWire peripheral frame that gives tension to the back mesh. So you have a mesh that completely separates the pack from your body and this allows for air circulation in all directions.
This is a women-specific design and the suspension is the part where this is the most important. So the shoulder straps are wide and with great and breathable padding. The shoulder straps are slightly tapered towards the ends, and their attachment points are closer to each other than in the packs for men, see the picture above.
The sternum strap (visible above) is a sliding type, fully adjustable and gender-specific. I have tried such packs for women and can instantly notice the difference in the position of the sternum strap, it is always too high for me, but I am a male and this is the reason.
This is an adjustable system, so you have ladder-type specific positions on the sides of the back panel where you can attach the harness, see the details in the picture below. Note that it slides along the peripheral wires. You have some 5 inches or so adjustability range. This is very useful because family members can use the same pack even if their torso length is different. More about harness adjustability you can read in my separate text.
The pack is also with load lifters although this is a panel type and very short, its top does not go above the shoulders line. The hip belt is not particularly impressive, but its fins are wide and they hug the body, this compensates for the thin padding which you have there.
Compartments and pockets
Apart from those already mentioned above, here is what you also have:
- The main compartment is with a large zippered opening.
- One zippered front pocket is with several mesh inner pockets and a key clip.
- One small zippered pocket is on the top, for glasses and electronics, see the picture below.
- There are two zippered hip belt pockets.
- One large stretch mesh pocket is on the front. It is equipped with a buckle on the top, see the picture below.
- Dual access stretch mesh pockets are on the sides, for water bottles or anything similar.
Straps and attachment elements
- One large gear loop is on the left bottom side, and it is paired with a bungee tie-off higher on the pack.
- Dual compression straps are on each side, see the picture above.
- You also have Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment, an iconic feature by Osprey, see the picture below.
- LED light attachment point, visible in the picture above.
Please see more about the new Manta & Mira series in this video:
- Weight: 2.89 lb (1.31 kg).
- Volume: 1953 in³ (32 l).
- Weight capacity: 20 lb (9 kg).
- Dimensions (L x W x D): 22.1 x 14.2 x 11.8 in (56 x 36 x 30 cm).
- Torso fit: 14 – 19 in (36 – 48 cm).
- Waist fit: 25 – 50 in (64 – 127 cm).
- Materials: 210D nylon reinforced with 500D and 630D fabric.
Osprey Mira 32 vs Kelty Zyp 28 vs Deuter Futura 28 SL
I have decided to show this pack side by side with two other women-specific packs, a bit smaller though but also with some great features. There are some important differences in the design and this might help in making an informed choice. The Kelty Zyp 28 is from a new series with excellent suspension.
All three have a nicely-ventilated back panel and I would put them more or less at the same level with respect to this feature. But note that the Deuter Futura 28 SL is without torso adjustability, yet it has a separate bottom compartment. The Mira 32 is the only pack here with the reservoir included.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Padded hip belt
Payable Every Month
Payable Every Year
Futura 28 SL
Payable Every Year
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
So you have seen it, this Osprey Mira 32 Backpack for women is with practically all the features you need on day hiking tours. The torso size is adjustable and the back panel is with the ventilation that is among the best on the market. This is a top-notch pack and I can fully recommend it. I have included it in my list of best day hiking backpacks for women.
The pack looks expensive but you have a couple of bonuses here which together would cost around $50 or more if you would buy them separately. Please see how I rate it against my standard set of criteria, so you can easily compare it with the other packs here in the site.
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