Osprey Pack – Duro15 Review

The Osprey Duro 15 is an ideal pack for extended trips into the backcountry on foot or for urban commuting where you’re hauling a substantial amount of gear. For this review I ran and hiked with this pack over 100 kilometres over varied urban and backcountry terrain. It responded quite well to everything I needed it to do. When properly secured and adjusted there is minimal bounce in the pack. There is an abundance of pockets if you’re a junky for having everything right where you want it while running. The two front pouches are handy for gels, snacks and other items you wish to access quickly while on the run – like bear spray. There’s also a front zipper pocket, discretely built into the design, that is ideal for a cell phone to catch those scenic shots on the trail (or call for help). The Duro15 comes in two sizes a small/medium and a medium/large. The small/medium option was reviewed and fit my 5 ft. 6 in slim frame quite well. My problem with most packs is too much room as I don’t tend to fill them out, resulting in too much bounce of the pack. This wasn’t the case with the Duro 15.

One of the features I really like about this pack is the waterproof main compartment. This is done in combination with a nicely designed mesh back that allows for sufficient ventilation and minimizes back sweating and heat build-up. A common issue (for me) is that back sweat tends to seep into packs and get the contents wet. The reverse can also be true, that contents in your pack, like messy food, water bottles, or other can leak and get you wet. Osprey designers addressed these two issues as mentioned above. While I didn’t test the waterproofing material for the main compartment in a downpour I have placed some very wet clothes in there and cannot feel them on the outside. On the reverse while commuting with dress clothes in the pack I never worry about getting them sweaty from the outside in.

The space within the main compartment is plenty large for your longest day trip. For an overnight trip it would be tough to pack sufficiently during anything but the summer season. Although I’m sure minimalist-type folks would enjoy the challenge. The one challenge for the pack is if you’re trying to bring along spare footwear. The pack just isn’t big enough for those types of extras on the inside; however there is an outer shell that can be snapped shut which provides additional storage capacity – like footwear, bike or climbing helmet or similar.

In terms of safety components, the pack also includes a small whistle. However, it doesn’t compare to a proper Fox40 safety whistle and can’t be heard from long distance, so I’d suggest you still pack a Fox40 whistle if you heading to the backcountry and consider that an essential safety item.

The Duro15 comes complete with a full hydration bladder that clasps nicely to the front of the vest-pack with a magnetic clip. As usual, getting the correct length for the hydration hose is always tricky, with not too much extra hanging out.

Overall this is the type of pack I would use for extended backcountry runs, long distance races (>50km) or shorter races with no/minimal aid stations, urban commuting and general hiking or biking. I may leave it at home during shorter trail runs or races with plenty of aid stations. If you’re adventuring into longer trail runs I’d highly recommend looking at the Osprey Duro15. It has everything you will want in long distance trail pack while staying slim and efficient in weight and design.


MSRP: $200
Weblink: https://www.osprey.com/za/en/product/duro-15-with-2-5l-reservoir-DURO15.html

S/M 793 IN3 / 13 L 16.93H X 8.66W X 8.27D IN. 1.543 LBS.
M/L 915 IN3 / 15 L 18.9H X 8.66W X 8.27D IN. 1.687 LBS.

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