Review : Osprey Sojourn 60L
We had the pleasure of taking a pair on a recent trip to Bali and can firsthand approve their credentials. Read our review below, and find out why you need these bags on your next trip.
So this has to be the most important thing for a bag right? The Sojourn has great space within the bag to pack, as well as separate compartments to store different things. As the pockets are made of mesh you can see whats in them so no need to open and close all of them to try and find what you’re looking for.
A top zippered liquids pocket, padded sidewalls, internal compression straps, fabric wings, and four zippered compartments keep your gear organized and protected.
There's a pair of StraightJacket™ compression straps that can be clipped in to pull the bag in tight, these really help to compress the bag, especially when carrying it on your back as it brings in the centre of gravity so that it doesn’t feel like an awkward suitcase flung over your shoulder.
The sturdiest wheeled suitcase I’ve ever used. Full stop. Having travelled through the various terrains of Bali, it was clear that smooth paved roads are non existent in many places. The wheels are strong and kept the bag balanced, and so it never tipped over or got stuck on the tracks. A feature of this bag is that there's more ground clearance between the base of the wheel and the actual bag, and this does actually work when rolling over gravelled surfaces.
The handle is really strong and doesn't wobble, and can be adjusted to two different heights as expected. The locking mechanism is sturdy and even pulling over rough terrain doesn’t feel like this is of any struggle on the handles.
The zips are super strong, if you have slightly over-packed (like I ALWAYS do) or if you're travelling some awkward shape's (dive gear, roller blades, best friend) you don’t feel like the zips are going to bust. We've all been guilty of sitting on a suitcase before to close the lid, no?
When we were faced with very uneaven terrain, jumping on a boat to the gili islands or carrying up and down large steps I was able to unfold the straps out of the back hidden compartment and put the bag on my back.
The shoulder and waist straps and cushioned rear are made of padded mesh which is not only super soft and comfy, but also keeps the air flowing. Great for hotter climates and helps reduce the old sweaty back issue. There's a whole load of customisation in this area too. Straps for days. I'll be honest - I didn't have a clue what I was doing, but I guess once you've found the sweet spot, you just set and forget.
When the Souljourn is in backpack mode, the wheels can be a source of concern for some. In my experience, as I'm a smaller frame (5' 4" - 26" Waist) the wheeled area felt a little tight on the sides, however it’s so heavily padded you hardly feel them. My partner who is 6' had no issue with the wheels at all, they were noticeable but caused zero concerns.
The carrying handle on the top and side of the bag is cushioned, so no pinching on the fingers and cramping when carrying the bag as some cheaper suitcase’s can do.
Additional daisy chain loops hidden under the front flaps allow you to connect accessories - karabinas, para cord, lights etc.
LINK WITH YOUR OSPREY BAG PACK - DAYLITE PLUS
We were lucky to also try out the Daylite Plus backpack, which has been designed to be used along with a number of Osprey's packs including the Sojourn. The Daylite is uncomplicated and comfortable and is the ideal bag when all you're travelling is a hydration pack and the bare essentials.
The Daypack Plus is a 20L Backpack with a main compartment with a large zippered panel. It's side mesh pockets hold water bottles and other items while a front pocket with a mesh organizer and key clip secure small items in a single secure spot.
The back panel is made from a Mesh-covered die-cut foam which provides comfort and ventilation, perfect for hot and humid days in Bali (or Australia for that matter). Since returning from Bali, I have used this bag everywhere, and think it's the perfect size for commuting, day hikes or a bike ride through paddy fields.
It has an interior sleeve which has multi-function for either an Osprey Hydraulics™ reservoir (hydration pack) or a tablet. For a little bag it packs a lot of punch... or wine... ;)
This is a great setup if your trip is going to involve a mixture of activities. Whether lugging sports equipment around, or your personals for a relaxing holiday, the gear will stand up against the rigours of life in the fast lane. Additionally, they look great together and we just love the colour schemes available!
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