Staff Review: Osprey Kyte 36

Staff Review: The Osprey Kyte 36

Follow Gaby from the Taunton Shop as she takes a walk through the hills of western Wales and tests out this tough, well featured women's pack.

off the grid

Osprey go by….’ Off the grid. With a proven legacy, the Kyte 36 is a rugged, high-performance backpack, designed to be a true outdoor workhorse.’. So despite it being a dark and windy October, we journeyed to west Wales, to the striking peak of Carn Llidi and then along the coastal path below.

Outside my van I finalised the fitting of my bag. Using everything from back length to compression straps working from the hips upwards to get a perfect fit. After that we set off by heading up a country lane to join the rugged path, which after zig-zagging, ascends to the peak. My initial thoughts were how well the pack sat on my back enabling the pressure of the weight to spread evenly and although I was using it as a larger day bag, it could comfortably fit things for an overnight trip too, with features like loops to carry a roll mat and a separating panel internally.

A quick stop to take in some water from one of my water bottles sat perfectly in the mesh pockets either side - although it can also cater for a reservoir if you choose too. We started a scramble up the boulder area, where beforehand I had managed to slot my ‘just in case’ map into the open ‘shove pocket’ perfectly. Realising especially at this point how light the bag feels even when in more extreme situations movement-wise.

As we carry on the wind gets stronger, but me and my pack stay content at the result of not having to use the rain cover (although very handily attached, and in a high vis green!).  I am also finding the waist strap pockets are really handy for things like your phone and snacks. However, be careful what you put in them when the rain comes in as they don’t get included in the cover.

As I reach the end of my hike I still haven’t even used some features. Such as the ‘stow on the go’ pole elastics and luckily the emergency whistle on the chest strap. But I have fallen in love with the Kyte and it’s ease of access, comfort and simple yet intuitive design. It has got me.

The Kyte is also available in a larger 66 Litres

It also has a men's equivalent named Kestrel available in 38L + 68L

Gaby wrote this kit review and you can find her in the Taunton shop. The last five Winters she has been ski instructing all over the world loving mountain life. But when back at home she's out taking her van on walking adventures, surfs and occasional indoor climbing.