The Osprey’s straight jacket compression

Osprey packs's compression system is way ahead of its competitors
Osprey Eclipse 26+5  packs’s straight jacket compression system is way ahead of its competitors in its time

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.

The straight jacket like compression system on the Osprey pack
The straight jacket like compression system on the Osprey 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’.

Two female buckles for maximized compression on the Osprey pack
Two female buckles for maximized straight jacket compression system on the Osprey pack

 

The location of the second female compression buckle on the side of the pack
The location of the second female compression buckle on the side of the pack

 

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!

A heap of clothing strapped to the outside of the pack
A heap of clothing strapped to the outside of the pack

 

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