When I was 18 I was given my first hiking pack for my birthday, I loved it and used it to death. There are possum teeth marks, there’s random stains, so many fantastic memories, and thousands of kilometers behind us.
On a work hike on a small part of the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia, I met this couple who swore by the Osprey Atmos, it was a light weight, full sized pack. So I bought one. When it arrived I was super excited and we headed off to The Overland Track in Tasmania. Within the first 2 hours I was crying in pain. It was horrible!
When we arrived home I promptly sold it and started researching another. I can’t live without a pack!
I went to the lightweight camping store (Backpacking Light) just off Little Bourke St in Melbourne and tried on a couple of different ones, finally settling on an Aarn pack.
I was pretty nervous about the hike, as I wasn’t sure how the pack was going to go, but from the very first day I knew I was in love.
The many straps and clips shouldn’t deter you. The waist straps itself is genius! Firstly, it has two straps going through the buckle, so that it can be tightened to fit perfectly! Then a further 3 buckles across the chest, to secure the balance pockets in the front.
The balance pockets help to even out your center of gravity, causing your posture to be correct and to walk upright, instead of leaning forward that I have become so accustomed to whilst hiking. They also have mini dry bags, which meant my phone and head torch could live safely in there. I wasn’t sure how these pockets would work out for me, but it turned out that they worked like a charm! I had a drink bottle in each one, then anything I would have put in a top or front pocket went in there, my scroggin, muesli bars, spoon etc. everything was very easy to find.
The main backpack is divided into two, but open across the bottom. I though this would be difficult to pack, but once I’d slipped my sleeping bag across the bottom, then everything seemed to fit so well. This was also a dry bag, which meant I didn’t have to use a pack liner.
It is a great pack! Cost a little more than I’d expected, or wanted to pay but it was worth it!
Clare Reilly is an Outdoor Educator, experienced multiday walker, guide and gear junkie. She just happens to be our eldest daughter who is taking time out to start her family. She writes over at The Life of Clare about living simply, food and life.