Osprey Tempest 9 pack for women is perfect for quick hiking tours, trail running, and biking. With the weight of only 0.6 kg and 9 liters of volume, it still comes with many great Osprey’s features which you may find in their bigger packs.
Best price & place to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.
- On the EU market a great alternative is Bol.com.
Note this series has been modified in 2017. See below.
Osprey Tempest 9 is the smallest pack presented in the site so far. But this is Osprey, so here too you have some unique features:
Stow-on-the-go system: This implies a bungee loop on the left shoulder strap and a loop on the side of the pack. You will use these to attach your trekking poles when you need free hands for taking photos, to eat and to drink something, or when you have some scramble in front of view.
This is a unique feature of almost all Osprey’s packs presented in this site and a truly great one.
External hydration sleeve: Yes, you are reading correctly. This tiny pack has an external hydration sleeve behind the harness. This is something you will see in most of Osprey’s packs, but perhaps you would not expect it here.
This is a great feature because the water bladder does not take space from the main compartment.
Pockets: Two good size zippered pockets are available on the hip belt. On both sides of the pack, you have a stretch mesh pocket. There is a small stretch pocket on the left shoulder strap. On the top front side, you have a zippered pocket, and yet another zippered pocket is inside the main compartment.
Suspension system: This is all based on a back panel, there is no frame here, nothing unusual for the pack of this size. On the hip belt and the harness, you have die-cut foam. The sternum strap is adjustable both vertically and horizontally, and it is equipped with an emergency whistle.
On the front of the pack, you have a useful bungee webbing. Below, close to the bottom, there is an attachment loop for an ice axe, and this is accompanied with a bungee loop higher up.
You also have a helmet attachment system on the front.
The Tempest series includes several packs of different sizes and with the same features. In this site, you can read about Osprey Tempest 20 and Osprey Tempest 30 packs. You might want to know that there exists a corresponding Talon series for men; Osprey Talon 22 and Talon 44 are described in this site.
All these features you can see in this short video by Osprey (note, it shows some features from the previous version, see below):
Pros & cons
The rain cover can be ordered separately here.
Tempest 9 is a popular pack and there is a number of customers’ reports available at Amazon. The pack is received an incredible average rate of 4.9/5.
- Weight: 0.60 kg.
- Max. dimensions: 48 x 22 x 20 cm.
- Colors: 3
- Women-specific design.
- External hydration sleeve.
- 2 zippered hip belt pockets.
- AirScape back panel with foam ventilation ridges.
- Access: zippered panel.
- Front bungee compression system.
- LidLock bike helmet attachment.
- Sternum strap with emergency whistle.
- Single ice axe loop & bungee tie offs.
- Stow-on-the-go pole attachment system.
- Side stretch woven pockets.
- Reflective graphics.
- Stretch pockets on the harness.
- Key attachment clip.
- LED light attachment point.
Changes in the new model
Osprey Tempest 9 has been redesigned in the past. There are several small changes. The most visible difference is the absence of stretch pocket on the front – in the new version, this is replaced by the mentioned bungee cord. I think I would rather have the stretch pocket from the old version.
The top stash pocket is added in the new version; it is absent in the old one.
The version 2017
Yes, you are reading correctly. There is yet another new version with changes in the suspension system. The new design includes what they call AirScape accordion type foam back panel, and a seamless lumbar-to-hip belt mesh.
See how the suspension looks like now:
My rating of the 2017 version
My rating of the latest 2017 version of the Osprey Tempest 9 Pack For Women
Check the new version here. Please see this very recent short video by Osprey (from 2017), which presents all packs from the new Tempest and Talon series:
To summarize this Osprey Tempest 9 pack for women review, this is indeed a very small pack, but it comes with so many nice features which are available in much bigger packs of Osprey. The same holds for its quality, this is a reliable tool and I can fully recommend it. If it is too small please check some bigger versions from the same series, some are mentioned above. For men, there is Talon series with very similar features, the smallest being the Talon 11 pack.
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