I was in Norway recently planning a day trek with my brother. We were heading high in the mountains above the timberline. Weather up there can be unforgiving, even in June. I needed to pack appropriately for cold, rain or even snow.
The pack I had been traveling with was sized at 46 liters and too large for this hike. Luckily I borrowed my brothers new Osprey Comet. At 28 liters it is a fairly standard size for a day hike with a little bit of extra space. To give you a better idea of the room it has, here is my pack list-
2 pairs socks
2 pair of gloves
2 twenty oz water bottles
1 twenty oz thermos
Mid size camera
Sunglasses with case
(Dimension 19.5x12x10 At 33 ozs)
All this with room to spare for a lightweight fleece and a few more small items. The back padding provides a bit of airflow and shoulder straps were very comfortable. It was a seven hour hike up steep terrain and I would forget I was wearing it. It does have a chest strap as well as a waist strap, although not padded. It has four zippered pockets. Two mid size on the side , a small item pocket on the top and a large main compartment with some separation sleeves. Also two side pockets that are mesh and can stretch to hold large beverage containers. It has two single hand carry straps. One located at the top like most packs and another on the front to carry sort of like a duffel. It shed light rain and snow easily but if you are looking at rain potential I suggest a waterproof cover just in case.
The quality, like other Osprey products seems top notch. Everything feels made to last. And if function isn’t everything, it looks pretty damn cool too! If it is anything like my other Osprey packs you will have it for a long time to come. So a day hike or an overnighter the Comet won’t let you down.