Osprey Skarab 24 / Skim­mer 22*

WHAT WE LIKEThis roomy op­tion is a sweet deal for bar­gain hun­ters.

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4.0 A long, nar­row reser­voir holds 2.5 liters of wa­ter. Two in­ter­nal baf­fles keep slosh­ing to a min­i­mum and prop it open for faster dry­ing. The Skarab’s bite valve mag­net is strong­est in the test; it never jos­tled loose.


4.6 The mesh shoul­der straps fea­ture rounded edges that are rolled away from the skin. “There was no dis­com­fort on my clav­i­cle, even when I loaded up with 16 pounds of hard­ware to hike to Wash­ing­ton’s In­dex Wall for a day of climb­ing,” our tester says. Ob­long hip­belt wings are foam at the bot­tom and mesh up top. “They wrapped my hips like a bear hug,” he says. “No dead space meant great load trans­fer and zero pack-sway.”


4.4 A 28-inch zip­per let us open the pack­bag wide for easy load­ing, and the Skarab holds trekking poles bet­ter than any other pack in the test. The blad­der stows be­tween the framesheet and the pack­bag, mak­ing for easy ac­cess when the pack is loaded. Bum­mer: no hip­belt pock­ets.


3.5 Chevron-shaped cutouts on the back­panel im­prove breatha­bil­ity. “The shoul­der straps, which have inch-long hor­i­zon­tal slots for vent­ing, didn’t wet out my shirt,” our tester re­ports.

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