Simpler is often better, and if you prefer going light and moving fast in the woods, mountains and beyond, the Tempest 30 is the pack for you. 30L of capacity is perfect for committing day hikes and lightweight overnight trips. Ventilated and comfortable, the women's specific BioStretch™ harness and continuous wrap hipbelt combine to create an incredibly stable carrying system that hugs your body so you can stay balanced on the trail, ridge or peak. We scratched our heads and updated our AirScape™ backpanel to use less material and glue while making it more breathable to keep you cool on hot days. When uphills turn technical, our Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole carry system keeps your hands free for upward movement. Zippered hipbelts, side stretch mesh pockets with dual access, a harness pocket and top-lid storage provide all the organization you need.
I really wanted to like this pack. I have the older model tempest 9, which I love, and regret not buying the tempest 30 at the same time. The pack has everyhing feature wise I am looking for. However, the newly "updated" back panel air foam mesh is EXTREMELY uncomfortable. The way the foam presses against the back and hips is aweful. If I could purchase the older tempest model I would. But sadly I will have to look for a pack from a different company. Deeply dissapointed with this product.
Great lightweight, balance backpack
I received my pack as a much anticipated and desired Christmas present in 2016. Because I'm bigger, I called Osprey's customer service to ask where I could get a belt extender. They sent me a belt extender at no charge, not even for the shipping & handling. Great customer service to begin with. I got the extender in less than a week. Everything buckled, but those few little extra inches helped with being comfortable.
I didn't get a chance to use my pack until I attended the Midwest Outdoor Experience in Dayton, Ohio in October 2017. It was going to be so different from my huge old frame pack, which was designed for a woman, but had no water bladder pocket or easily reachable pockets. So that I had water with me all day to drink and cook a few simple meals, instead of carrying a reusable cup to get water from the water truck and buying food there, I placed my full 1.5 liter Camelback bladder in the bladder pocket. Since I wasn't going to be camping, I packed the following: my pocket stove, eating utensil, and food in a small dry bag and the waterproof shell of my 3-in-1 snowboarding coat in the main compartment; a 2nd dry bag containing my winter gloves and hat, along with my sunglasses went in the top zippered pocket; and a few other necessary items, like lip balm and protein bars went in the hip belt pockets. I walked around MOX all day collecting things from vendors, which went into my pack, and it was so light compared to my old frame pack. I had several people stop me and ask about my pack. Even though it wasn't fully packed, it never felt like I was carrying it around since it was so balanced. The only thing I might change would be to make the hip belt pockets big enough to hold a point and shoot camera and a smart phone in a case.
Still have hopes for it
This is my third Osprey pack, so I thought I would have no problem with the Tempest 30. I have the Ariel 65 and the Tempest 16, and they have both been great packs for me. However, the Tempest 30 feels uncomfortable, due to the ventilation system, which I believe is an update. The back of my Ariel 65 and Tempest 16 looks like a washboard under the mesh. My new Tempest 30 has the accordion shape under the mesh, and it presses uncomfortably against my back. I've tried different adjustments with the pack but nothing has helped. Do you have any suggestions?