Osprey Stratos 24: A Travelling Day Pack Review

This Osprey Stratos 24 backpack review is for those looking for a day pack for traveling.

While some of the Osprey backpacks are made for several days of hiking, the Stratos 24 is only made for one day. This is partly due to the fact that it carries less items, as it has less area capacity. But this makes it lighter and a more suitable backpack for everyday use.

Who Buys the Stratos 24 Backpack

The Stratos 24 is made to be used as a day pack for your travels. In keeping with the Osprey brand, it has plenty of pockets to store your items; big and small.

Unlike some of the other Osprey models, the Stratos 24 backpack is made for both men and women. It comes in 4 attractive colors: Pine Green, Anthracite Black, Harbor Blue, and Solar Flare Orange. The design of the backpack is unisex, as well as the colors.

This backpack is specially made for easy access to your frequently used items. There are pockets along the hip belt, the sides of the backpack, the top, the front, as well as the main compartment. These form part of what makes Stratus 24 so enviable. This pack is perfectly made to compartmentalize your things. There are extra straps for a folded camping mat, as well as trekking poles.

The Stratos 24 comes in small and large sizes. The small size is enough for a 5″8′ person, but you could be taller and just want a smaller backpack. Or choose the largest size if you want to carry more things during the day.

Osprey Stratos 24 Features

Osprey Stratos 24 Men's Hiking Backpack Eclipse Blue, One Size

  • Weight: 2.756 pounds; depending on the size you choose.
  • Dimensions: 22″ X 11.8″ X 11.8″ inches
  • Large zippered front panel: For easy access, the front-facing side of the backpack is actually a compartment so that you can store frequently used items.
  • Hip belt pockets: The hip belt has pockets on the side so that you can store frequently accessed items.
  • Trekking pole attachment: You can put away your trekking poles along the sides of your backpack with trekking pole attachments.
  • Sleeping pad straps: You can easily attach a rolled-up sleeping pad using the sleeping pad straps at the bottom of the backpack.
  • Side mesh pockets: Need a spot to store your canteen? Each side of the backpack has a mesh pocket so you can store your drinks and snacks.

Adjustable Hip Belt:

The hip belt at the bottom of the backpack is adjustable to your own frame. This makes it super comfortable to wear and prevents the backpack from shifting as you walk quickly.

Main Compartment:

The main compartment is zippered on three sides so that you can completely remove it from the top, only leaving one of the sides attached. This allows you to view the entire contents of your backpack without needing to sift through your things.Osprey Stratos 24 Men's Hiking Backpack , Gator Green

Top Pocket Compartment:

At the top of the backpack is another compartment to store your things. The top compartment is ideal for your phone and other small items. The top mesh pocket is lined with scratch-free fabric so that your screen or sunglasses don’t get damaged.

Breathable Mesh Back Panel:

The frame of this backpack is lined with breathable mesh. This mesh will protect you against feeling the light-alloy frames against your back. It also prevents sweat build up on the back of your backpack.Osprey Stratos 24 Men's Hiking Backpack , Gator Green

Integrated Rain Cover:

At the bottom of the backpack is an external pocket that houses the integrated rain cover. This protects your backpack against weather such as snow or rain.


  • Light enough to carry around during your daily activities on a trip
  • Great for wet weather due to the integrated rain cover
  • Easy to get on due to its firmness
  • Can be used as a carry-on luggage


  • The zipper of the main compartment does not reach the bottom of the backpack
  • The main compartment does not have any sub compartments

Osprey Stratos 24 Price

You can buy the Osprey Stratos 24 Backpack on Amazon. The latest price is listed below.

Osprey Stratos 24 Men's Hiking Backpack, Black
  • Internal hydration sleeve accommodates up to a 3L reservoir (sold separately)

The Verdict

The Stratos 24 is a great day pack that can carry enough items for a whole day or two. We love the fact that it has an integrated rain cover so that you can be fully protected against rain or snow. Not all Osprey backpacks have this feature.

A great addition to the Stratos 24 is the trekking pole attachment. This means that you will be able to go trekking, as well as roam around the city with this day pack. This makes it one of the more versatile day packs of the Osprey line.

Osprey Stratos 24 Men's Hiking Backpack Eclipse Blue, One Size

However, if you are looking for an even lighter day pack, one that you can attach to other Osprey backpacks, the Daylite Pack might be for you. It is generally 2 inches shorter in height and only half the weight of the Stratos 24. In addition, it can be attached to several of Ospreys’ bigger backpacks, which you can take off to just roam around the city. It comes at half the price of the Stratos 24 backpack.

Osprey also makes the Porter 46 day pack, which is bigger than the Stratos 24 and the Daylite Pack. It is made for roaming around while you are traveling but not so much for hiking. A great feature of the Porter 46 backpack is that the main compartment can be fully opened to view all of its contents at a glance. And despite the fact that it is bigger, it can be used as carry-on luggage.

In effect, all of the Osprey backpacks are top-notch and have positive customer reviews. Your choice of the backpack will depend on what you will be using it for.

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