The Best Osprey Backpacks for Women

Looking for the best women’s Osprey backpack? Osprey packs have come to dominate the travel and hiking backpack market. This isn’t by chance as they have crafter some of the best backpacks that are backed by an All Mighty Guarantee.

The company has quickly grown to keep up with demand launching a wide range of backpacks made for both men and women travelers.  It leaves many ladies wondering how to pick the best Osprey Backpacks for women.


Best Osprey Backpacks for Women


BackpackProsConsPrice
Osprey Fairview
Excellent Travel Backpack, Manageable, Removable Daypack, SuspensionLaptop Sleeve in Front, DayPack
Outdoor Style
$160
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Osprey Aura AG
Leading Class Amazing Suspension System, Strong ConstructionOnly Top Load Access, Does Not Sit Upright$270
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Osprey Porter
Good Travel Backpack, Laptop Sleeve, Compression Straps, Removable Day PackPlastic Frame, Unisex Build$140
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Osprey DayLite Bag
Very Comfortable, LightweightLimited Space, Straps Do Not Handle Weight$75
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Osprey Kyte
Mesh Ventilation, Suspension System, Good Size, Adjustable Women’s Fit, FeaturesSide Pockets, Top “Brain” Not Removable$180
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Osprey Lumina
Super Lightweight, Minimalist Focus, No Unnecessary PocketsLacks Organization, Scaled Down Suspension System$250
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Osprey Sirrus
Perfect For Day Hikes, Suspension System, Decent SizeNot Well Suited For Climbing$140
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Osprey Ariel Pro
Mesh Ventilation,Suspension System, Carries Heavy Load, Robust, Large VolumeExpensive, First Generation – Old Model$330
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Osprey Ozone Convertible
Great Organization, Backpack Rolls, High Quality, StyleBalance Issues, Ridiculous as Backpack$230
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Osprey Fairview

Osprey Fairview Best Women's Travel Backpacks

Best Travel Backpack

  • Price: $160
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 2 oz.
  • Fabric: 210-denier ripstop nylon/600-denier
  • Capacities: 40L, 55L, 70L
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Manageable
  • Removable Daypack
  • Suspension
  • Compression Straps
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Stowaway Straps
Cons
  • Few Pockets For Organization
  • Laptop Sleeve in Front DayPack
  • Outdoor Style

The Osprey Fairview is more or the less the new addition of the travel backpack classic Farpoint. It’s one of the best Osprey backpacks for women on the market. Its difference between the predecessor is the Fairview is built with a woman’s frame in mind. I’ve previously had the Farpoint for years and loved the backpack. So when they released the Fairview I was quick to pick up the new travel backpack. It’s quickly become a favorite and one of the best travel backpacks for women

The Fairview is a great women’s travel backpack. It’s a front-loading backpack so it opens similar to a suitcase for easy access. It’s pretty lightweight, features a removable daypack, zip-away suspension, and a side handle to top it off.

The side handle of the bag is an added bonus, making it easy to grab out of an overhead bin and carry it off of a plane. Most backpacks are built for hiking, but with the Osprey you get a travel-specific bag packed with hiking features.

There are some dumb design elements in the backpack though, most notably a laptop sleeve in the front. This means your laptop is susceptible to damage and theft along with throwing the balance of the backpack off to the front. For that reason, if you’re a digital nomad or you travel with a laptop I’d look for another option.

The portability makes it an awesome choice for the best women’s backpack or men’s backpack. The front load and the ability to keep your clothes folded is awesome. The 40L is great for carry on luggage while the 55L and 70L are good for long-term trips.


Osprey Aura AG

Osprey Aura Best Women's Osprey Backpack

Best “Do-It-All Backpack”

  • Price: $270
  • Weight: 4 lbs. 4 oz.
  • Fabric: Denier Nylon
  • Capacities: 50L, 65L
Pros
  • Mesh Ventilation
  • Suspension System
  • Robust
  • Light Frame
  • Organization
  • Compression Straps
  • Removable Day Pack
  • Feature Packed
Cons
  • Only Top Load Access
  • Does Not Sit Upright

With the new antigravity system, the Osprey Aura feels absolutely great on your back for extreme comfort and fit all day. This is another top-loading backpack that is specifically made for women making it one of the best travel backpacks for women on this list. Designed for the traditional backpacker or those on a hiking adventure you can’t really go wrong with the Aura. It’s not a lightweight hiking pack, but one built for maximum space and comfort.

The back panel is made out of mesh for ventilation which adds to the comfort and fit. I love how the harness can be fine-tuned for any sized woman. This pack has a number of compartments for organization, that includes space at the bottom for a sleeping bag. I also love the top compartment can be removed if you don’t need the space and prefer a more compact bag.


Osprey Porter

Osprey Porter Updated Backpack

Best Carry-On Backpack

  • Price: $160
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 5 oz.
  • Fabric: Denier Nylon
  • Capacities: 30L, 46L, 65L
Pros
  • Organization
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Compression Straps
  • Removable Day Pack
  • Stowaway Straps
Cons
  • Outdoor Style
  • Plastic Frame
  • Unisex Build

The porter is more a unisex backpack and not a women’s specific bag. However, it is an exceptional travel bag. It’s well constructed and leaves plenty of room for all of your clothes. The Porter bag is lightweight and easy to throw off your back when you hop on a bus or train. It also meets carry-on requirements and saves you checked baggage fees across the world.

Padded sidewalls, a dedicated travel laptop sleeve, and a mesh top pocket for toiletries are much-appreciated features. stowaway shoulder harness. This pack has so many features and organizational features that make traveling easier for you.

You may wonder how the Osprey Porter compares to the Fairview which has similar features. The Porter uses HDPE Framesheet Suspension which is a stiff plastic sheet to provide support while the Fairview uses a lightweight wireframe. The wireframe offers a notch up in improvement as it provides better ventilation and suspension performance.

The only problem with this bag is it’s not as robust so for those who like to walk or cover long distances the backpack will become uncomfortable. That being said it’s one of the cheapest Osprey backpacks you can buy which means you have more budget for your backpacking trip.


Osprey DayLite Travel Bag

Osprey-Daylite-Best-Osprey-Backpacks-Daypack
  • Price: $75
  • Weight: 1 lb 5 oz
  • Fabric: Nylon Double Diamond Ripstop
  • Capacities: 13L, 24L
Pros
  • Small
  • Very Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Tablet/Hydration Reservoir Pocket
Cons
  • Limited Space
  • Straps Do Not Handle Weight

The Daylite simply rocks. I’ve been traveling with it for years and love it because it’s slim, lightweight, durable, and it’s designed to clip onto a full-size pack. With two mesh pockets for travel water bottles and an inner pouch for a water bladder, it’s also easy to stay hydrated with this pack. I’ve done day hikes all over with the Daylite and I’m always impressed by how comfortable the bag sits on my back.

It carries weight, like most ospreys, really well. Even though the straps are slim I regularly carry six-eight kgs in it all day and never notice the weight on my back. However, much more weight than that and the straps tend to dig into the shoulders

It’s smaller than most of the other bags on this list and is more a day pack than something you want to pack your whole life in (unless you’re a super minimalist). If you’re wondering I can fit my 13″ Mac Air inside too!


Osprey Kyte

The women's Osprey Kyte exterior in Icelake Green
  • Price: $180
  • Weight: 3 lbs 6.1 oz
  • Fabric: Denier Nylon
  • Capacities: 36, 46, 55L
Pros
  • Mesh Ventilation
  • Suspension System
  • Good Size
  • Adjustable Women’s Fit
  • Robust
  • Light Frame
  • Organization
  • Compression Straps
  • Feature Packed
Cons
  • Side Pockets
  • Not Removable Top “Brain”

The Osprey Kyte hiking backpack is a lot more affordable than the top-of-the-line Osprey Aura. It’s an exceptional pack that is full of practical features for female hikers. Its size may be too small for a long thru-hike, but 46 liters should be more than enough for most trips into the backcountry. The backpack is also available in 36L and 55L designs.

It’s a super comfortable pack that is built on Ospreys light wire suspension system which transfers weight from the harness to the hip belt. The frame design allows for great airflow and keeps your back pretty cool.

I’d recommend utilizing a reservoir with this backpack as the side pockets are not accessible when on your back. To reach a water bottle in the side pockets requires removing the pack. Another slight downside to the pack is the top “brain” of the backpack is not removable. I often like to remove my backpack top as I find it unnecessary weight/organization.

That being said, it is feature-rich with a rain cover, trekking pole straps, ice ax loops, and sleeping bag straps. My favorite part about this bag is that it’s a top-loading backpack, this is advantageous on long trail hikes as it keeps the weight centered.


Osprey Lumina

The Osprey Lumina Is an ultralight hiking backpack

Best Ultralight Backpack

  • Price: $250
  • Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz.
  • Fabric: Nanofly Fabric
  • Capacities: 45,L 60L
Pros
  • Super Lightweight
  • Minimalist Focus
  • No Unnecessary Pockets
  • Lack Features
  • Best Suited For Experienced Hikers
Cons
  • Lacks Organization
  • Scaled Down Suspension System

This is Osprey’s answer to the wide range of ultralight packs popping up everywhere these days. The bag weighs less than 2lbs while still providing you with a metal frame which is pretty darn amazing.

Ultralight backpacks are best suited for experienced hikers who are well versed in packing and have ultralight/small gear. For most, it will leave them wanting more features and space while only shaving off a few pounds.

Like most Osprey packs it has a solid construction and the NanoFly fabric is durable enough to withstand harsh conditions. For those who are interested in serious through-hiking in the mountains, this is the bag for you, or you can check out our other hiking backpack suggestions.

Despite its lightweight build, the bag is surprisingly robust and the straps sit well on your shoulders and back. The vented back ensures you don’t overheat when carrying the pack. If your goal is to keep it light and simple I would highly recommend the Lumina


Osprey Sirrus

The 24L version of Osprey Sirrus Backpack For Women

Best Day Hikes Backpack

  • Price: $140
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 9 oz.
  • Fabric: Denier Ripstop Nylon
  • Capacities: 24, 36L
Pros
  • Perfect For Day Hikes
  • Suspension System
  • Decent Size
  • Reservoir Pocket
  • Ice Ax Loop
  • Organization
  • 36L Is Versatile
Cons
  • Not Well Suited For Climbing/Alpinism

The Osprey Sirrus is smaller than most packs on this list it’s a tremendous daypack for hikers. It is built on Osprey’s LightWire suspension system that effectively transfers weight from the harness to the hip belt.

The mesh back warm helps keep you cool on cooler days. The reservoir sleeve is external so it’s easy to refill your bladder without pulling things out of your bag. If you want to take the 36L version of this bag on an overnight trip there are sleeping bag straps, a rain cover, and a trekking pole storage system.

The 24L is best suited for most hikers with simple day objectives. While the 36L size is an effective daypack and works well as an overnight bag for short backcountry trips or porter-assisted trips abroad.


Osprey Ariel Pro

Osprey Aerial Best Osprey Backpack For Women
  • Price: $330
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 6 oz
  • Fabric: Nylon
  • Capacities: 55L, 65L, 75L
Pros
  • Mesh Ventilation
  • Suspension System
  • Carries Heavy Load
  • Robust
  • Light Frame
  • Organization
  • Compression Straps
  • Removable Day Pack
  • Feature Packed
Cons
  • Expensive
  • First Generation – Old Model
  • Top Load Access

The Osprey Ariel Pro is one of the most expensive packs to make this list. The Airel was an old classic when it came to hiking backpacks. However, as new lightweight materials are hitting the market and more hikers want lightweight bags Osprey revamped the Ariel and shaved off over a pound and a half from the original weight.

The back excels at backpacking trips abroad or a more intense hiking trip. What sets this bag apart from the rest is the NanoFly fabric, antigravity back technology, the hip belt, and shoulder harness. It’s an exceptional bag that also costs almost $400 so one should expect that.

The whole back side is 100% adjustable so all women should be able to customize their fit. The top lip of this pack is removable making the pack smaller if you don’t need the space. Once you have the top lid off it actually turns into a mini backpack! Your items are all accessible via the top, bottom, side panel.


Osprey Ozone Convertible

Osprey Ozone Convertible Backpack in Buoyant Blue

Best Rolling Backpack

  • Price: $230
  • Weight: 4.53 lbs
  • Fabric: Ballistic Nylon
  • Capacities: 42L, 60L, 75L
Pros
  • Great Organization
  • Backpack Rolls
  • High Quality
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Looks Sharp
  • Carry-On Compliant
Cons
  • The Bag tips If Weight is Not Distributed Properly
  • Ridiculous Backpack

This bag has a hefty price tag on it and is a newcomer on the scene. It’s probably my least favorite backpack on this list, but I felt I should mention it simply because it has wheels. The first generation left a lot to be desired; however, the latest models have become more attractive.

It’s a great option for those with back problems and that would like to enjoy the benefits of a backpack. Despite the wheel and handle the backpack is impressively lightweight which is helpful for overhead airplane bins. This backpack has grown on us and is sure to be loved by the right travelers.

The Ozone Convertible is a similar build to the Farpoint, with the added addition of a more compact frame and a pullout handle with wheels. The wheeled part could be a problem if you are on the cobbled streets of Europe, but it is possible to pull out the straps and make the Ozone a full backpack.


Choose Your Type of Osprey Backpack

Natasha in women's hiking clothes the Arc'teryx Sentinel AR Shell Jacket

There are a wide range of backpacks on the market and a large selection on offer from Osprey. To determine which Osprey women’s backpack is best for you it’s best to decide on your intended needs.


Osprey Hiking Backpacks For Women

Natasha in Hiking Clothes and Overnight Hiking Backpack in Wonder Pass

Hiking backpacks are great if you plan to hit the trails, and it’s the only category where you need a dedicated backpack. You can travel around the world with an Osprey hiking backpack like the Aura, but you can’t go on a hike with a travel-specific backpack like the Farpoint.

Then you have several size options when it comes to hiking backpacks. Large volume backpacks offer more versatility, but they cost more and weigh more on your back. To most a large volume backpack may also be overkill unless you have plans for an extended journey or long multiday hikes.

For hiking trips that are assisted with porters like Machu Picchu or Kilimanjaro, a small hiking backpack around 35 – 45L would be a better fit, like the Osprey Sirrus. If you plan on hiking check out our favorite women’s hiking clothes!


Osprey Travel Backpacks For Women

Natasha Walking Down the Streets of Helsinki

Travel-specific backpacks are great for most travelers’ backpack needs. They’re practical, affordable, and offer a lot of versatility. We have now traveled extensively with travel backpacks like the Farpoint and love their strengths.

They have a lot of versatility as they can be carried on your back and their soft side makes them great for adventure travel. Soft side bags can slip under a bus, small plane, or the back of a truck. Then there is the obvious advantage of being to carry the bag down uneven roads or surfaces.


Osprey Daypacks For Women

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

It feels like we always need a daypack when hopping around cities, hiking in the woods, or snowboarding in some glades. Even in a city, an urban daypack is great for carrying a camera, laptop, map, headphones, or your favorite water bottle. It’s a great travel accessory that we always have a need for anywhere in the world.


Elements to Look for in a Backpack


Interior

You’ll want to make sure that the main compartment of your backpack is large enough to carry all of your belongings while still having easy access. Store the heavier things at the bottom of your bag so that the weight is closer to your back. Additional compartments are good for the storage of small items or valuables like your passport.


Hip Belt

The Suspension System on the Osprey Farpoint Backpack

A good hip belt is essential for any women’s travel backpack. In case you haven’t heard women have hips and putting your pack weight on your hips helps take the pressure off your back, so you will want a good, well-cushioned hip belt that is sturdy to help do that.


Shoulder Straps

Along with the hip belt, your shoulder straps carry a lot of the weight of your pack. Thick and comfortable padding will keep your shoulders from hurting after a long day’s hike or walk through a city.


Hydration

Rear Panel on Osprey Daylite

Hydration ports are great for those long hot days. If you aren’t using the hydration ports or a bladder you will want at least one water bottle holder to hold your liquid.


Weatherproofing

Osprey Atmos AG Best Travel Backpacks

We look for bags that are waterproof or have a rain fly in case you’re stuck in a rainstorm. Nothing is worse than wet gear. In all outdoor gear, we like to have some form of weatherproofing.


Suspension

The Women's Osprey Aura Backpack Suspension System

Suspension refers to the total components that affect how you carry the backpack on your back. This includes straps, back panel, hip belt, and sternum strap. The most important elements to look at are hip belts, sternum straps, and level adjustment of the shoulder straps.


Back Panel

A well-cushioned back panel can make the difference between having a backache or not. Then you have ventilated back panels and various materials. If you’ll be walking long distances in the heat you’ll want to have vented back panels.

Trekking Pole/Ice Axe loops

If you’ll be doing any hiking during your travels these are great little additions to any bag that can really optimize your comfort and free your hands if you use poles or ice picks on hikes.


How to choose the best women’s Osprey backpack for you?


Price

The first thing to think about when it comes to picking a great women’s travel backpack is your budget. Good quality backpacks are expensive, but you also don’t want to blow your entire budget on a backpack. That being said, if you invest in one of the best backpacks on the market chances are it will stand the test of time. Many companies like REI and Osprey will offer to repair your products.


Comfort

Like with anything, make sure that the backpack you choose is comfortable on your back. You should be able to hike comfortably for at least two hours. When buying online it’s a good idea to check the return policy in case the backpack does not fit you the way you would like. Most Amazon and REI purchases come with free returns.


Design

Osprey Porter Updated Backpack

A backpack design is crucial. A good backpack doesn’t necessarily mean a bunch of bells and whistles. Make sure you narrow down if you want a top-loading backpack or panel loading, and check for any extra straps, harnesses, zippers, and clips you may or may not need. There’s often no perfect backpack, but what’s perfect for you.

Then look at all the features in the women’s Osprey backpack and think about how you will use them. For example, maybe you’d like your overnight hiking backpack to have a mesh front so you can dry a bathing suit or your travel towel. I suggest you consider everyday use with the backpack.


Material

Pick a women’s backpack that is with solid materials. Most backpacks on the market are constructed with Ripstop Nylon or Polyester. There is also the latest material of Dyneema, but it comes at a premium price point.


Volume/Frame/Weight

My First Travel Backpacks

Determine everything you will want to carry in your backpack and that will determine the volume of your ideal backpack. A good starting point for a travel backpack is 40-50L. My first backpack was a 70L and I stuffed it, which made my travel days unbearable. I was pretty terrible at packing in those early days.


Trip Length

best hiking clothes for women

It’s important to consider your trip length when picking a backpack. There are great small travel backpacks on this list that are great for shorter trips. While the larger capacities can circumnavigate the world or tackle a multi-day hiking expedition.


About Natasha

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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