With their 2006 introductions, Osprey will have more pack models than brands of cereal in your grocery store. The new Stratos line alone has five models. I tested the Stratos 34 general use daypack/overnight backpack - the largest of the Stratos line, and found a lot of nice features. The Stratos 34 is very similar to the popular Osprey Atmos 35, which was introduced in 2004. In this review I take a hard look at the Stratos and compare it to the Atmos 35. My pick of the two my surprise you.
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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