Another amazing Osprey pack
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I'm a huge fan of Osprey packs as they have never let me down and exceed my expectations every time. The Tempest 6 is no different. I'm 5'5, 116lbs, 25" waist, short waisted/long legs, slim through hips and butt. I was worried that the pack wouldn't work for me b/c of my slim hip/butt, but it wasn't a problem. The pack has padded hip straps with a great adjustable belt. The belt is wide enough in front that it doesn't dig into your side/tummy. This pack would be great for any woman's figure. When loaded up with water and other items, though it gets heavy (depending on what you put into it), the hip pads/straps hold well and didn't have the pack sliding down. I used it in a large dog park and it was sunny at 90 degrees. My hip/lower back wasn't soaked with sweat (though the rest of me was) while wearing the pack. The venting system on the inside of the hip pad area worked amazingly well. Had no lower back pain from the heavy pack. I was concerned the pack may have been too big or small, not issue there. The pack can be compressed using the straps or expanded as needed. There are enough pockets to put your phone (I have a XR and had no problem putting into the smaller front pocket with lots of room to spare for other items). The main pocket which is behind it is large enough to put extra layers, dog leash, snacks, wallet, keys, etc and still had tons of room. The hip straps have zipper pockets where I put my dog's treats, poopy bags, and personal items for me. The water bottle pockets can accommodate regular 750ml water bottle or the bottles that come with the pack (which work well) such as the camel. But, it can't fit a wide water bottle like a Nalgene Wide Mouth. The side pockets don't stick out, but are streamline. You can easily carebene items onto to the side straps. Then there are two more straps on the front of the pack for poles, extra layers or whatever you want hold there. I strapped in a 33.8 ml bottle of coconut water that didn't move with the straps were pulled tight. Can't wait to use this again! For size reference, I have the Osprey Viper 9 and it was about 1/4 of that pack. Larger than a fanny pack..more like a medium size barrel purse.