If you are in search for a multipurpose daypack, this Osprey Skarab 32 review is for you. This is an ultra lightweight versatile hydration daypack with reservoir included.
Key features & benefits
- Ultra lightweight.
- Includes new Hydraulics LT 2.5 liter reservoir.
- Truly multipurpose pack.
- Reasonable price.
- External reservoir sleeve.
- Magnetic bite valve.
- Two sizes, S/M and M/L.
Who is it for – what type is it
The Scarab 32 is suitable for any sort of daily adventures, like hiking, traveling, biking, and for urban use as a pack for commuters. This is a 32 liters volume tool which provides enough space for any day tour and even for light overnight adventure which would imply staying in an Alpine hut. This pack is included in my list of top hydration packs for 2018.
The design is simpler than in some other Osprey’s much more expensive packs, but you still have enough of Osprey’s recognizable features in it.
So this is a multipurpose tool, perfect for those who do not want to spend too much regardless if it is for outdoor or urban use. For occasional outdoor excursions, this pack will offer all you need, and in the meantime, you can use it for commuting and for any other urban purpose.
This is the largest pack from the series which includes also Skarab 18, and Skarab 24 packs. You will see them in the links below.
Warning: there are two versions of the Skarab 32 pack available on the market. There are differences regarding the front design and the front pockets. You have seen them both above.
This is a panel loading type with a long top zipper, so it opens like an ordinary pack for the city use.
Compression straps and attachment elements
It has dual compression straps on the sides, surprising to see in such a short pack; see below. You can use them to attach some gear which you would store in the side pockets. The design of the side straps is different in the two versions of the pack.
There are dual loops on the bottom for trekking poles, plus a larger loop for an ice axe, I love to see them there.
The suspension system
The suspension is minimal in design, no metal frame, only a foam frame sheet and a stiffener. The harness and hip belt are BioStretch for an enhanced fit in aerobic activities. So it flexes and moves with the body, but this also implies that you do not have much ventilation on the back.
The pack is supposed to carry up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of load, but without a real frame, I would not go to the limits.
Bonus: reservoir included
The pack comes with a top quality Hydraulics LT 2.5 liter reservoir shown above. It features an extra-wide sliding plastic clip opening for a quick and easy cleaning and fast refills, and magnetic sternum strap bite valve attachment shown in the picture above. In the reservoir, you will notice welded baffles so that water does not slosh too much. It has a handle on the top for removing it and to use when refilling.
You can see more about these reservoirs in this video by Osprey:
Pockets and compartments
You have an external reservoir sleeve behind the harness, for an easy accesses to the reservoir. On the top, you have a scratch-free zippered stash pocket, and one larger with organizers. Below on the front, you have a very useful large shove-it pocket which is secured by straps on the sides. On its face, you have yet another zippered front pocket; note that its zippered entrance is different in the two versions of the pack.
There are dual zippered pockets on the hip belt, quite impressive to see in such a small pack. On the sides, you have the usual stretch mesh pockets for gear or for water bottles.
Here is a short promotion video about the Scarab and Skimmer series (for men and women):
- Best use: hiking, commuting, travel.
- Gender: pack for men.
- Type: panel loading.
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
– S/M: 1 lb 12.6 oz (0.81 kg).
– M/L: 1 lb 14.7 oz (0.87 kg).
- Maximum weight: 25 lb (11.3 kg).
– S/M: 1831 cu in (30 l).
– M/L: 1953 cu in (32 l).
- Liquid capacity: 84.5 fl oz (2.5 l).
– S/M: 18 x 14 x 13 in (46 x 36 x 33 cm).
– M/L: 20 x 14 x 13 in (51 x 36 x 33 cm).
- Hydraulics LT 2.5 l reservoir included.
- BPA free.
- Not adjustable torso size.
- Fits torso:
– S/M: 16 – 19 in (41 – 48 cm).
– M/L: 18 – 21 in (46 – 53 cm).
- Fits waist/hips:
– S/M: 26 – 45 in (66 – 114 cm).
– M/L: 28 – 50 in (71 – 127 cm).
– 210D nylon double diamond ripstop.
– 600D pack cloth.
– Frame: foam frame sheet with stiffener.
Pros and cons
Here is my short summary:
The pack doesn’t have a few features, like the rain cover which is important for my tours in the Alps but perhaps not important for you.
The price & rating
The price at the moment of writing this text is $120 together with the reservoir, so this is more than a fair price. You will realize this also from the comparison table below.
So far, the pack has received an excellent score on Amazon 5.0/5, though the number of reviews is rather small. See how I rate it.
My rating breakdown of the Osprey Packs Skarab 32 Hydration Pack
Osprey Skarab 32 Day Pack vs competitors
Here is the Skarab 32 side by side with two packs from other top brands, all the same size. See how it stands, to see more please follow the links:
Clearly, the Skarab 32 is ultra lightweight, but it lacks some important features like a real frame, a rain cover, etc.
The prices of the three packs at the moment of writing this text are, respectively, $120, 145, 100. Note that the Skarab 32 includes the Reservoir which alone cots $34 if you would buy it separately. This makes the pack a real bargain.
In the conclusion of this Osprey Skarab 32 review to stress that this pack does not have the usual bells and whistles typical for Osprey packs, but this is a reliable tool that will do the job and you will not spend much. Bear in mind its bonus reservoir. I can recommend it fully. If you need a smaller pack from the same series, please check the Skarab 24 pack.
If you need something different in this size range, please check my page with packs below 35 liters. Many top models are presented there, and you will surely find something for you. Thank you for reading. In the case of questions or comments, please use the comment box below. Have a nice day.