This Osprey Radial 34 review is about a lightweight pack suitable for urban use as a commuter pack, as a cycling pack, and as a hiking daypack. It comes with a large number of features suitable for any of these activities.
- Superb quality.
- Great design.
- Many useful features.
- Truly multi-purpose and versatile pack.
- Rain cover.
The version presented here is the latest one, from Fall 2016. The previous version is also available on the market. You can find it on Amazon in this link.
This is a panel-loading type pack, so you have a long zippered entrance to the main compartment. Inside the main compartment, you have some organization pockets, one for documents and 2 mesh pockets for small items.
Behind the main compartment zipper, you have yet another closer to the back, which is the entrance to the separate sleeve for a laptop. Here, you can store a laptop of up to 15 inches, or any piece of equipment if you use the pack outdoor.
An interesting feature is its integrated kick-stand which is there to keep the pack upright and accessible, so it is truly free-standing, as shown in the picture.
The pack includes LidLock helmet attachment system on the front of the pack. You also have reflective elements on the front, shown in pictures as white stripes and white letters, as well as a blinker light attachment point, which are there if you use the pack as a cycling commuting tool.
The pack comes with an integrated rain cover stored in a separate zippered pocket on the bottom of the pack.
The materials used in the construction are high quality and durable, 420 and 200 Nylon Dobby and Nylon Packcloth, abrasion and water-resistant.
On the front, you have a multi-purpose mesh pocket, secured with a strap and buckle on the top. On the top, there is one zippered scratch-free pocket for glasses. There is yet another zippered organization pocket on the top, with a rather small entrance, so it is suitable only for some smaller items. You can see them in the picture below.
Two additional zippered pockets are on the front; they are with vertical zippers and with the entrance from the side, quite large but only for rather flat objects.
On the sides: you have a mesh stretch pocket on the right side, and it is with a compression strap, while on the left side you have a zippered pocket with a key tether, shown in the picture here. The zipper of this left side pocket is vertical so you can access the keys without taking the pack off.
The suspension system is what they call AirSpeed, and it includes a tensioned trampoline-style mesh, which provides an excellent ventilation because it is separated from the back of the pack. You will hardly find any better system regarding the ventilation, so bear this in mind if you plan to use it in some warm environment. Such a design allows for air escape in all directions. The structure of the pack and the mesh tension is provided by a lightweight wire frame. See this all in the picture.
The load lifter straps are again a particular design, they are in fact elastic and give a lot of freedom of movement. The sternum strap is adjustable and equipped with an emergency whistle, see the picture.
The hip belt is rather tiny, just a simple strap, and it is removable if you do not need it. I am not so impressed with it, to say the least. But the shoulder harness is pleasant and anatomic, just what you would expect from Osprey, and with a lot of elements introduced for ventilation. You can realize this from the picture above.
The harness is not adjustable, but the pack is built in two sizes, S/M and M/L, which provide a wide range of fit for the torso, in the range 15 -22 inches in total.
In this video from Osprey you can see more about the Radial series, so please have a look:
Pros & Cons
Here is my summary:
Specifications & summary of features
- Purpose: commuting, cycling. hiking.
- Volume, 2 sizes:
– S/M: 1953 cub in (32 l).
– M/L: 2075 cub in (34 l).
– S/M: 3.2 lb (1.45 kg).
– M/L: 3.32 lb (1.51 kg).
- Torso fit:
– S/M: 15 – 19 in (38 – 48 cm).
– M/L: 18-22 in (46 – 53 cm).
- Gender: unisex.
- Maximum dimensions (L x W x D): 54 x 33 x 34 cm.
– Main Fabric: 420D x 400D Nylon Dobby.
– Accent Fabric: 420D Nylon Packcloth.
– Bottom Fabric: 200D x 400D Nylon Dobby.
- Ventilated stretch yoke and load lifters.
- AirSpeed trampoline suspended mesh back system.
- Sternum strap adjustable.
- Elastic hip belt wing.
- Padded laptop and tablet sleeve with direct zip access.
- Max laptop sleeve dimensions (L x W x D): 43 x 25 x 5 cm.
- Sternum strap with emergency whistle.
- Zippered scratch-free side pocket.
- Zippered panel access.
- Zippered scratch-free sunglasses and electronics pocket.
- Stretch front pocket.
- Built in rain cover.
- LidLock bike helmet attachment.
- Reflective graphics.
- Integrated kickstand keeps the pack upright and accessible.
- Front panel organizer pocket.
- Internal document sleeve.
- Internal key attachment clip.
- Internal organization pocket.
- Internal organizer for bike specific tools and spares.
- LED light attachment point.
- 1 stretch mesh side pocket.
- Colors: 2, see the pictures.
- Hip belt.
- iPad and tablet compartment.
So to conclude this Osprey Radial 34 review, I love this pack, it looks so great, the design is simply excellent, and the materials are top class. I have a few objections given above, but they are not substantial, in particular, if the pack is used in an urban environment. This holds specifically for the hip belt which most people would not use in any case, and it is in fact removable. A great tool, I can fully recommend it.
Note that this series includes also 26 liters pack, just to know if you need something smaller of the same type. On the other hand, Osprey has yet another series of packs built for cyclists, so check this Escapist 32 pack with an adjustable harness and with many other different features. Yet another pack in the same style is this new Osprey Tropos 32.
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