The straight jacket compression system on this Osprey Eclipse 26+5 pack is really awesome. After a continuous use for over two weeks, I realized the pack’s compression system isn’t like any other pack I have ever used. Here’s a closer look.
For over two weeks, this Osprey pack has been my constant companion. As a daily ‘to work pack’ as well as for day hikes and short excursions. As mentioned in my previous post, the only thing I really don’t like about it is the capacity but for short uses it is fine. The upright, stiff structure does keep the pack in shape. I did carry some small but heavy stuff (tools like hammers, wrenches etc) in it and the carrying harness is really comfy.
But the best part of it all is the straight jacket compression system. The stiff sides of the pack allows the pack to flatten almost all the contents of the pack.
I find this capability great! I was able to strap items like badminton rackets, tripods on the front of the pack with ease. Another unique feature of the compression system is the two female buckles on the pack. This allows the right side of the ‘side flap’ to be folded in completely underneath the ‘left flap’.
The result of this straight jacket compression system is a pack that can really flattens out its contents. The stiff padded sides of the pack helps to keep everything in and protected. I still believe this pack was built originally for skiers to strap their skis or boards on the outside of the pack. While I may never be able to use the pack for its intended purpose, I am very happy still to be able to use the pack for daily commute to work. And the lack of space inside the pack means I get to straight jacket out my gear on the outside. Still looks great I reckon!
Other packs I have written about:
- Mountainsmith World Cup
- TAD Fast Pack Litespeed
- Garrison Pack’s MSR1
- Kifaru Marauder
- Camelbak TriZip
- Camelbak Transformer
- London Bridge Trading, LBT2165A Geronimo
- Kifaru Omni Yoke