Gear Review - Osprey Renn 65L Backpack
The legends of Osprey have come through with the goods for us women! Introducing the Renn 65; a lightweight yet durable ventilated pack with plenty of the quality features making it the perfect companion for backpacking trips.
We sent one to Sarah Josephsen, the director of Climb Fit Sydney and Kirrawee and a passionate outdoors woman, to give it some thorough testing in everyone’s favourite Royal National Park. Here’s Sarah’s verdict.
An overnight hike in familiar territory was the perfect time to test run the new Renn 65 pack. I was a little hesitant to take a new piece of equipment out for it’s maiden voyage on a long day (day 2 was 22 kilometres) but the Renn performed well and felt as comfortable as that pair of old Ugg boots you just can’t bear to throw away.
We set out on a very windy Friday afternoon to hit the gorgeous Coast Track in the Royal National Park. Starting at Otford, it’s an easy 8 kilometres to the beachside campsite at North Era. It took some time to find the perfect spot to pitch our tent in the hurricane winds, but we managed before sunset and cracked open a bottle of red on the beach.
Day 2 was tough. The howling wind and super bright moonlight had made for a rough night’s sleep, which in turn made Day 2’s numerous hills feel harder than usual. Plus, we were on a deadline to get to the end by 2pm for our ride home. We marched along; pack performing well, legs not so much but the beautiful views of the ocean, marshmallow-like sandstone and good banter made for a great day out.
What I loved
This pack sits low so your head won’t hit the top compartment every time you look up at the trees or take a selfie from above (that’s the most flattering angle right?!). I also found that the the weight distribution was therefore just right, making for a super comfortable long day hike.
AIRSPEED BACK PANEL
I learnt early on to always use packs that have some kind of ventilated back panel. It means you don’t get too hot and sweaty in summer, plus keeping the pack off your back means less rubbing over time. The specially tensioned back panel on the Renn 65 can be easily adjusted to fit different torso lengths too.
ZIPPERED HIP BELT POCKETS
I don’t know how anyone can survive without these. On one side I keep snacks and on the other; tissues, lip balm and hand sanitiser. They are also the perfect size for your phone and sunnies.
At $219 AUD, the Renn 65 is a great pack if you’re starting out with overnight and weekly trips and you’re not looking to break the bank. While it doesn’t have some of the fancy features that more expensive packs have, it definitely has all you need for a comfortable hiking experience.
Other features that are worth mentioning:
Shoulder straps are padded and suited to the female form as they are slightly narrower than a men’s model pack. I loved that I didn’t have to “wear them in”
The Renn 65 is made of very rugged and durable material and will easily withstand the Aussie bush!
There’s an integrated brightly-coloured rain cover so you’ll never get caught unprepared by the rain
The zippered lower compartment with a floating divider is perfect for sleeping bag/tent
There are removable sleeping mat straps in case you want to carry your mat on the outside to maximise space inside
There is also an internal hydration sleeve
What I didn’t love as much
The colour - I love purple and pink….but all my clothes are the same colour so I’m looking for a pack in another colour so I don’t look like a giant raspberry! Can someone pleeeeeeeease make a bright yellow pack!?
The top Lid compartment is HUGE – yes, ample storage is always awesome, but maybe an internal pocket or two in here would make organisation a little easier.
All in all, the Osprey Renn 65 is an awesome pack and I’m looking forward to testing it out on a more remote, multii-day adventure…..possibly the Overland track in Tassie.
This gear review was written in exchange for the backpack. Opinions are honest and true to Sarah’s experience.