Written By Cinimin
The Osprey Viva is a women’s lightweight backpacking pack that will store 50 liters for a comfortable overnight or week long trip. This pack allows for a wide range of adjustability
Dimensions: 33’’ x 13’’ x 11’’
Gear Capacity: 50 Liter
Weight: 3lbs 8oz
Fits Torso: 14-19 inches
Fits Waist/hips: 26-42 inches
Materials: Ripstop nylon, polyester, mesh
- Hipbelt Pockets
- Adjustable Hipbelt and Hipbelt Padding
- Adjustable Torso
- Hydration Pocket
- Ice Axe Loops
- Side Compression Straps
- Sleeping Bag Compartment
- Sleeping Pad Straps
- Trekking Pole Storage
- Stretch Mesh front and Side Pockets
- Top Pocket
I recently took this pack on a forty mile trek through Paria Canyon outside of Kanab, UT. I’ve been traveling with a Camp Trails pack I took from my parent’s 90’s gear shed for the past ten years of my life and found this pack to be absolutely glorious! I didn’t know a pack could fit so comfortably. Although this pack is only a 50 liter, I felt that I was able to pack all that I wanted and the group weight was distributed evenly throughout my crew. Below is an image of all our packs lined up in a row, mine is the one furthest to the left and although it may not look it, it is the smallest pack by 15 liters.
I like the hydration sleeve that is found on the outside of the pack that allows for quick and easy access, and the separate compartment and gromit hole found in the bottom of the compartment keeps your gear dry if your hydration pack were to have a small leak or to sweat. I also appreciate how comfortable and easy this pack is to fit, with plenty of gear loops, pockets and compression straps.
The mesh is really nice to be able to access gear on the outside of your pack but with only one or two trips out of my pack, I can already see the wear that’s occurring. If you brushed against trees or rock the fabric would be trashed in one outing. I’d really prefer more durable side and front pockets, even if it means adding more weight. Along with more durable pockets, what I really wish this pack had was a detachable top pocket that you can wear as a fanny pack for day trips. If I were to purchase another backpack I would look for something a little larger with the top pocket feature, pockets that will withstand time, and one that comes with it’s own raincover.
Overall this is great pack on their entry level equipment that they’ve been adding.
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