This Osprey Tropos 32 Backpack Review is about a completely new versatile pack on the market launched for Fall 2017. It comes with a kickstand, and with a trampoline mesh back which offers the best possible ventilation.
Key features & benefits
- Integrated kickstand on the bottom keeps pack upright.
- Peripheral frame and suspended trampoline style mesh.
- Multi-purpose day pack.
- Removable webbing hip belt.
Who is it for
The Osprey Tropos is a true multi-purpose pack, see some features which show this:
- It is designed with features for cyclists. So you have bottom blinker attachment loops (vertical and horizontal). On the top front, there are two attachment loops suitable for the helmet, see the picture.
- This pack is suitable for commuters; it has multiple sleeves for notebook(s) and tablets.
- The pack is with a removable hip belt and with side mesh pockets and dual side compression straps. These pockets can be used for water bottles or for any other objects (e.g., trekking poles) which can be fixed in place with the side straps. You also have an emergency whistle. So you can use it for quick and light day hiking tours.
- You can remove the hip belt and use the pack as an ordinary tool for city use,. or just fix it on the back of the pack.
Pockets and compartments
When you look from above, there are four different zippers which are entrances to separate pockets and compartments, see them in the picture. So I am going to present them one by one.
The first behind the harness is a separate zippered big compartment for a notebook. It is elevated from the bottom so if you drop the pack, the computer will not be damaged. Here you can store a computer up to 15 inches. Inside of this compartment, you have yet another zippered pocket which is big enough for a tablet.
Next is the main compartment, it contains yet another sleeve which is big enough for a notebook.
On the top of the pack is a smaller zippered scratch-free pocket for electronics. Then follows yet another long zippered entrance into a big front compartment with three mesh organization pockets for mobile and similar small items (see the picture below), plus one zippered pocket below them, and yet another organization element for pencils.
Completely on the front, you have yet another central vertical zipper which is the entrance in the front pocket, see the picture above. It is big but shallow, so here you can carry books or maps and similar flat things.
On both sides you have stretch mesh pockets. They are big enough for any water bottle. But here you can store various longer objects which are then fixed in place by dual side straps which you also have here.
Here you have something really good, shown in the picture below. This is the AirSpeed trampoline style suspended mesh which is completely separated from the back of the pack. It is tensioned by a peripheral frame. This is the best system for ventilation, ideal for packs of this size. This system was introduced by Deuter several decades ago.
The shoulder straps are well padded and here you have an adjustable sternum strap with an emergency whistle. Note that the harness length is fixed, no torso adjustment.
The pack is equipped with a Kickstand which allows it to stay upright regardless where you put it. This is a freestanding feature which may be very useful for some users.
The hip belt is thin and removable, no padding here. It is mainly to keep the pack in place and to prevent it from bouncing when you move fast on an uneven terrain. I am not impressed with it but this is the part of the design of this pack.
I have already mentioned dual compression straps on both sides and dual clips for blinker light attachment on the bottom front section, see the picture below, plus dual top loops for the attachment of a helmet or anything else.
All zippers are with nicely designed large pull loops which you can easily use even with gloves.
The side compression straps are useful for equipment attachment but they also serve to cinch the pack down and to stabilize the load if you do not have much stuff inside. The fabric is quite durable 420 HD Nylon Packcloth. You have noticed the massive carry handle on the top.
Pros and cons
Here is my short summary:
If you plan to use it outdoor, a rain cover may be essential, but this may depend on your area of course.
There are excellent and far less excellent features here. I am not impressed with the hip belt. For a pack of that size, you might need something more substantial to take the weight on the hips when the pack is fully loaded. On the other hand, the tensioned back mesh is the best system for ventilation, I have been using such packs in the past 15 years.
There is no torso adjustment and the pack is one size, this implies one harness size as well. Many packs of this size have the harness adjustment in place, and there are very good reasons why you might need it. But you will see from the comparison table below that none of the three packs have adjustable torso size.
The pack is designed to be versatile and it truly is. But some of its features (or lack of thereof) are not most suitable for some activities. For example, the thin hip belt and missing rain cover may make it less suitable for outdoor hiking tours.
The price and rating
This is a completely new pack and the price is a bit steep, it is $150 at the moment of writing this text. See how I rate this pack:
Specifications & summary of features
- Weight: 1.24 kg.
- Volume: 32 l.
- Dimensions (L x W x D): 56 x 33 x 31 cm.
- Main Fabric: 420 HD Nylon Packcloth.
- AirSpeed trampoline suspended mesh back system.
- Integrated kickstand keeps pack upright.
- Front panel organizer pocket.
- Front vertical centered zippered pocket.
- Internal laptop and tablet sleeve.
- Internal key attachment clip.
- Internal organization pockets.
- LED light attachment points.
- Separate padded laptop and tablet sleeve.
- Removable webbing hip belt.
- Dual side compression straps.
- Sternum strap with emergency whistle.
- Dual stretch mesh side pockets.
- 5 colors to choose.
- Guarantee: Osprey’s All Mighty.
Osprey Tropos 32 vs competitors
Here is the Tropos 32 side by side with two packs from other brands, in the same size range. See some basic features and for more please follow the links:
The prices of the packs at the moment of writing this text are, respectively, $150, 60, 100.
To conclude this Osprey Tropos 32 Backpack Review, this is a quality and reliable pack, versatile and with many great features, to mention just the kickstand and the trampoline mesh. Osprey is a renown company, I trust the brand and can recommend this pack to anybody.
But bear in mind some of my objections mentioned above. Some features are missing, but they may be of no importance for you and if you can afford the price, you will have a great pack with a really modern design.
Note that they have launched a corresponding pack for women under the name Talia and with 30 liters volume.
If you still feel this pack is not for you, please check my page with many packs below 35 liters.
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