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Test: ROOK 50 OSPREY backpack, entry-level without concession

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With the backpack Rook, Osprey opened a range targeting a more financially accessible sector. However, the American brand does not intend to balk at quality, which has built the strength of a well-deserved reputation. So, what is the Rook backpack really worth when it’s on its back?

Technical description

weight: 1.59 kg
dimensions: 74 cm long x 42 x 35 cm

volume: 50 liters (also available in 65 L + female Renn model)
cut : M or L (to be defined with lOsprey app)

To make a backpack cheaper, you have to save money somewhere … And it shows in the weight: the Rook is slightly heavier than his buddies from Osprey (about 1.6kg against 1.1-1.2kg on average). The first question will therefore be asked about the comfort of carrying. Well… that said, 400 grams more is not the mountain to lift either. In any case, I was really pleasantly surprised!

First, foam straps is dense enough to be effective and comfortable (I was a little apprehensive when I saw it). Then, aluminum frame distributes the weight well over the hips. One more the other, you don’t have the feeling of a tourniquet on your collarbones, like on some ordinary models. And that’s exactly what makes the difference between a backpack shit trite and a quality backpack. In addition, as on the Exos, this rigid structure allows the bag to perfectly follow the movement of the back so as to be one with it, especially on technical terrain. The set is adjustable with a hooking system by notch which makes it possible to adapt the height of the straps relative to the size of the hiker (as on the Farpoint Trek model). A chest strap (with a built-in whistle) finishes fitting the bag to its bust. Without sacrificing those of the exceptional Atmos AG, the reinforcements at the waist fulfill their mission correctly.

Osprey also did not balk about theback ventilation. As on the two other models mentioned above, a large AirSpeed ​​nettm covers the bag. Thus, during exercise (especially in the heat of summer when you only wear a T-shirt), perspiration is effectively evacuated into the air rather than staying in the stifling, sticky dampness. Here, the empty space lets the air through. In addition, the trampoline-style tension helps absorb the dynamics of walking, ensuring that the bag does not “hit” on the back. Four compression straps ensure the stability of the pack (top and bottom on each side).

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True to its ambition of technicality, Osprey also did not sacrifice his accessorization. Let’s start with pockets. The Root backpack has a top cap (non-detachable) with a large outside pocket that can hold a lot of things (to give you an idea, I can tuck my two hands away with my fingers apart). However, no “interior” opening. On the sides of the bag, two nets to arrange a gourd and a tripod.

On the belt, two pockets the size of one hand, large enough to put a pack of cookies, compass, lip stick … Taking up the idea of ​​a daisy-chain, 2 X 3 rings allow you to hang anything that does not fit or that you want to keep outside the bag (shoes, gourd, cup, clothes that dry …). On the bottom, two adjustable straps conventionally allow to fix his rolled up mattress and / or his packed tent. Significant asset since this is not the case all the time, Osprey provides a waterproof rain cover (“Rain cover”). The fabric used in 600D Polyester and Nylon Packcloth is really resistant to wear and possible snags.

The volume of 50 liters (or 65 depending on the model chosen) is divided into two spaces. The main one in which we will organize all our barda for the trek, equipped with a pocket to place our camelbak. The bottom, separated by a detachable canvas with straps, is a specific compartment for the sleeping bag. This space is independently accessible from the outside by a zipped opening on the lower part of the bag. An internal strap also allows you to compress the volume properly. A small print recalls the principles of outdoor activity (respect, preserve, minimize its impact, etc.).

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MY VERDICT

I love

● carrying comfort
● accessorization

● the quality / price ratio!
● the rain cover included

To improve

● low for the price

❤️ Nice surprise! Osprey has succeeded in making a backpack more affordable without sacrificing quality. The Rook backpack amazed me with its carrying comfort, due in particular to its frame. In addition, it is really well accessorized to be practical and offer many solutions. Excellent value for money, I highly recommend it for people looking for a real hiking backpack, designed for trekking, without breaking the bank.

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Aditya is founder of TechJagat. He made this blog to share his knowledge to the world. He love to share whatever he learns from himself or on the Internet. Apart from blogging, he is keen of playing cricket and other sport. Meet him on Facebook

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