Staff Review: Osprey Hikelite 18

Photo Credit: Ethnosphere
Photo Credit: Ethnosphere

Staff Review: Osprey Hikelite 18

Sam from the Exeter Store takes a close look at the lightweight, well-featured Osprey daypack.

 

The Hikelite 18 is one of the newest daypacks to be added to the Osprey line-up, packing many of the premium features you’ve come to love and expect from Osprey, as well as some new ones that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

The Bag

It uses a 100D Nylon in the body so that you don’t have to worry about using this bag in difficult environments and can trust that it will stand up to hard day to day use.
The Hikelite is incredibly light coming in at just 0.68kg and is compatible with all Osprey hydration reservoirs making it easy to put in the hydration system of your choice. Osprey have also included their AirSpeed ventilation system allowing for excellent airflow perfect for high-intensity sports like hiking and mountain biking, a fantastic feature that helps keep you cool especially in hot climates and is a definite improvement over its brother the Daylite.
Along with all of this, Osprey have included an internal rain cover that packs neatly into the base of the bag, having a separate compartment means you never have to worry about packing it away wet. Having the attachment point means you never need to worry about forgetting your cover and can guarantee your stuff stays dry on those wet days.

The integrated rain cover comes stowed in it's own compartment at the bottom of the pack, the image logo on the cover is high--vis.
The integrated rain cover comes stowed in it's own compartment at the bottom of the pack, the image logo on the cover is high--vis.

 

The Fit

Osprey has designed the Hikelite to be a unisex bag, the shoulder straps are narrow but are still packing a good amount of padding and are wide enough that they don’t dig into your neck, but not so wide that they didn’t fit on narrower shoulders (a normal issue with unisex bags). The mesh back panel is comfortable and prevents your back from getting hot and sweaty. Sadly, the Hikelite doesn’t come with a proper hip belt. However, I’ve found that because of the size of the bag this isn’t an issue and although it doesn’t help with any weight transfer I don’t believe this to be the purpose and instead, it is there to stabilise the bag when being used for more extreme activities like mountain biking. Overall, I’ve found the Hikelite to be very comfortable for day walks and mountain bike excursions, its lightweight build and comfortable back webbing means you think less about the bag and more about the path ahead.

In Use

This pack is perfect for people looking for a lightweight hiking or biking bag due to its rugged design and exciting features, it’ll hold up to consistent usage and harsh weather. I’ve also found it to be a great everyday pack for commuting, it’s the perfect size for everything you need, and packs features like the pack away rain cover that are perfect for the uncertain conditions of everyday. Its as at home in the busy city as its in in the depths of Dartmoor. The Osprey Hikelite 18 is simple yet effective and a great combination of durable materials, useful features and good value for money. With all these premium features, its unisex design and multiple colour options this pack is perfect for every adventurer.

The Hikelite is available in 18L, 26L + 32L sizes.

This post was written by Sam, who can be found working hard at the Exeter Store. Sam completed a degree in Outdoor education and instructing at Marjon University before helping his old lecturer set up an outdoor education business teaching Bush craft, Mountaineering and Sea kayaking. In his spare time Sam is a keen photographer and videographer often filming adventurous sports like climbing, kayaking and mountaineering.

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