Simpler is often better and if you prefer going light and moving fast in the woods, mountains and around town, the Tempest 9 is the pack for you. 9L of capacity is perfect for day hikes, urban commutes or a quick trip to the market. Ventilated and comfortable, the BioStretch™ harness and continuous wrap hipbelt combine to create an incredibly stable carry system that hugs your body so you can stay balanced on the trail, ridge or your bike. 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. LidLock™ helmet carry achieves the same when you stop for a mid-commute coffee. Zippered hipbelts, side stretch mesh pockets, a harness pocket and backpanel bungee provide all the organization you need.
I wanted to replace my old (unisex) Camelback with a pack that was still versatile enough to use both for mountain biking and as a day pack for hiking. I love my Tempest 9! My first time using it was on three-day bikepacking trip and I fit a surprising amount of gear inside (two spare tubes, tools, stuffed down jacket, 3L bladder and some food. I bought my pack in Europe and only discovered later that Osprey makes an XS size for petite frames, which they don't market in Europe. Some reviews I read on the Europe site from short women complained about the pack digging in their lower backs. I'm 5'2" (157cm) and the regular size fits me fine for biking--no digging since I'm leaning over all of the time. For hiking, it hits slightly lower than it should, but it doesn't bother me. The padded waist straps are very comfortable and side pouches are really handy. The shoulder straps are shaped for a woman, unlike the unisex Camelbak, making the pack nicely snug. I had also tried some Vaud packs on for size, but quickly put them back because the top of the pack dug into my neck. All straps on the Tempest 9 are very easy to adjust. Currently, I'm following a work trip up with an adventure vacation, so I had to leave my other Osprey at home (the Flapjill pack). I was surprised to be able to fit my 12.2" laptop, two spiral notebooks (A4 size), and wallet inside the Tempest. The helmet clip and key chain hook are also handy.