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“Osprey is a brand that has built excellent gear for women since the beginning,” one tester said, “not just adapting men’s gear.” For fast and light alpine days or crag sessions, the 36-liter Kyte can carry “everything you need in a streamlined and durable pack.” The mesh “airscape” panel cools your back and prevents sweat buildup, and a form-fitting design, including an adjustable torso harness, allows for a cozy-but-correct fit for people of all sizes. “This was one of the only packs that actually fit me properly,” one tester said of her short torso and broad shoulders. Hipbelt zipper pockets hold lip balm and snacks, a zippered sleeping bag compartment allows for separation of gear, an integrated rain cover keeps everything dry, and ice axe loops make it versatile.
Why It’s Great for Women
The torso length adjustability is crucial, and the comfortable carry allowed lightweight women to carry up to one-third of their bodyweight comfortably.
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