Osprey Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Two New Packs

Osprey is celebrating its 50th anniversary of getting folks out on the trails with two special edition packs and a new hat design.

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My first Osprey pack is leaning against the wall next to my desk, and I had to glance at it for a mere moment to be taken back to a handful of wonderful journeys the pack and I have been on. A staple of the outdoor industry, Osprey has grown from just packs to other aspects of outdoor travel including luggage.

Two packs are being released for the 50th anniversary, the ARCANE large-day pack and the Hikelite 26. Both packs are black, feature a simple design, and showcase the special anniversary tag on the lower portion of the bag.

Descriptions and features are from Osprey.com.


Price: $110

The special-edition, 50ᵀᴴ Anniversary Osprey Arcane Large Day features premium fabrics and showcases the commemorative 50th Anniversary emblem. If you’re a diehard fan or casual pack collector, this limited release offers a piece of history. Sporty aesthetics, accented details, and 100% recycled main body fabrics will please anyone looking for a premium everyday lifestyle pack or hiking daypack.

  • J-zip large front panel access to main compartment
  • 15-inch padded laptop sleeve, document sleeve
  • Quick-release aluminum security hook on harness
  • Stretch power mesh shoulder strap sleeve for transportation cards or small items
  • Large zippered front panel scratch-free pocket
  • Internal organization, small zip pocket and key clip
  • Low-profile stretch water bottle side pocket
  • Capacity, 20L


Price: $115

The special edition, 50th Anniversary Hikelite 26 commemorates the fine craftsmanship upon which Osprey was founded. If you’re a diehard fan or casual pack collector, this limited release offers a piece of history. Up-spec’d fabrics, sporty aesthetics, and accented details make this lightweight and ventilated panel-loader perfect for everyday objectives on the trail—a certified bluesign® product.

  • Bucket-style, zip-top main compartment opening
  • Padded hipbelt with one zippered pocket and one stretch mesh open pocket
  • Front fabric shove-it pocket with stretch panels to help manage overloads
  • Lower compression straps for additional load control

Initial Impressions

Of the two 50th anniversary packs, the Hikelite 26 is clearly better suited for being out on the trail. The Arcane pack looks like a great pack to take to the airport, or for use while traveling through a city. It does feature some things that may be included in Osprey’s new camera bags that I’m excited about.

The Hikelite 26 has the hipbelt, compression straps, and red loops at the bottom that you’d normally see for trekking poles, but in this case you could clip a pee cloth, or a hat while not in use.

The red accents are a great addition, making these packs look fancier.

What do you think about these packs?


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