14 Nov Petite-Friendly Backpack
Earlier this year, I received a request from a reader named Tanya for a fall post on a backpack for petite proportions. What a great idea!
Finding a backpack to fit an adult female body with a smaller torso, with ample storage and a decent set of features, is no easy feat, as it turns out. But not impossible! I did find one that I absolutely love: the Osprey Skimmer 16. I was hard pressed to find another that I liked anywhere near as much.
Osprey backpacks are known for their adjustability to optimize fit, and for producing backpacks for women designed specifically to accommodate a female chest and hips. The Osprey website features a measuring guide to determine your torso length, which I found easy to follow and use (Osprey dealers have an onsite Pack Sizer tool, too). Using their online guidelines, my torso length measured 15″. A size chart on their site lists the backpacks that will fit various torso lengths.
What the Skimmer 16 has:
>25-pound carrying capacity
>Fits torso lengths of 15-19″
>Hydration system (2.5 L fluid reservoir)
>Framesheet suspension system to distribute load
>Webbing hip belt to reduce weight on spine
>Back and shoulder strap venting
>Side compression straps
>Two zippered compartments. I was able to store an extra layer, snacks, water shoes, and a small first aid kit inside the main one. The smaller one is for stashing your littler items (phone, wallet, keys, sunglasses) and has a key clip.
>Bungee cord outside to store an extra layer or jacket
>Stretchy side mesh storage panels (can accommodate a 32 oz. water bottle)
Two design features you can see here: The bite valve of the hydration tube has a magnet to secure it when not in use. And the height of the sternum straps is adjustable, with clips that slide up and down along a channel.
Here’s Osprey’s rain cover for a backpack of this size.