Back in 2018, Osprey sent me a Hikelite 26 to try and it’s been one of those packs I’ve used on a daily basis.
When I saw they had updated the range for 2023, I was excited to see what they’d come up with.
One of the biggest changes is the zip pocket that was on the outer fabric has been moved to the inside, with the zip now across the top of the pack.
The brand has also added an Osprey Hydraclip on the inside for easily hanging a water bladder from it and improved the internal reservoir sleeve. Osprey has also released a new Hydraulics LT bladder that you can read more about here.
The raincover returns (stored in a zippered pocket at the base of pack) and this is made with PFAS-free DWR and bluesign® approved materials.
There’s an adjustable sternum strap with rescue whistle on the clip. The stretchy-mesh side pockets are extra tall to make sure contents stay inside.
One of the best features is the airspeed suspension back panel; this keeps an air gap between you and the pack so you don’t sweat as much. It’s pretty impressive they’ve incorporated this in to a pack this size.
Osprey has even added trekking pole loops making this series pretty well packed with all the features you need.
Available in six colours and in sizes 18-litre, 26-litre, 28-litre and 32-litre.
The colour tested here is Silver Lining and the Hikelite 26 costs £100 (the Hikelite 32 is £130). See more here.