A solid companion for the trail and everyday life. The Osprey Skimmer 22 is a versatile daypack that fits as much as you need, including 2.5 liters of water. I won’t lie, I bring mine into the woods and to work so I’m always hydrated.
The quick and dirty:
The brand: Osprey Packs was started in 1974 by Mike Pfotenhauer. He hand-stitched custom backpacks for outdoor enthusiasts. 40 plus years later, the company is mass-producing packs with a focus on high-quality and performance.
Specs: Weight: 1.32-1.39 Lbs
Water Volume: 2.5 Liters
Backpack Volume: 20-22 Liters
Load Range: 10 – 25 Lbs
Trail tested: The Osprey Skimmer 22 is a tested, grade-A trail companion. I’ve taken this pack with me on almost every hike for a year. I store my 2.5L hydration bag in its designated compartment. There is a small zippered pocket on the top that’s perfect for small things like chap stick, sunglasses and keys. There are two stretchy pockets on either side of the bag that hold extra water bottles, sunscreen or bug spray. The largest part of the bag is accessed through the center zipper. I have room for sweatshirts, dog food/treats, a camera and more. There are two more pockets. One is small and the other is a stretchy material perfect for putting a selfie-stick in or a dog water bowl. The pack has adjustable straps for the waist and shoulder area that clip and adjust the waist accordingly. This pack is not waterproof, so if you expect to be hiking in the rain, you might want to invest in a rain cover.
Versatility tested: Not only does this pack pass the test on the trail, it comes with me to work on many days as well.
During my time as a news reporter, I am out in the field, working from a car for 8 hours at a time. I have no idea when I get to go to the bathroom, let alone, fill up my water bottle (which I lose half the time). In my skirt and heels, I tote the Osprey Skimmer around with me, too. It fits everything I would usually put in a purse and it helps me cut down on those dehydration headaches.
Along with work, this bag is a wonderful travel companion. It’s always my plane, train and automobile bag. It has enough room for books, magazines, snacks and water. Then when you get where you’re going, it easily transforms back into your trail bag.
Here’s my take: I absolutely love this bag, but I do have one beef with the design.
The hydration bladder has a magnet on it that attaches to the bag so your water is always accessible right where you need it. Sounds great, right? On the trail it is, however, every once in awhile, I’ll grab my bag out of my car and the magnet will stick to the metal on it – dragging along until I realize what happened. It has the ability to leave a thin scratch in the paint which is not ideal.
Let’s talk money: The Osprey Skimmer 22 costs $100. With the amount I use it, I know I’ve gotten my money’s worth and then some. A similar CamelBak with a slightly bigger bladder will cost about $50 more.
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