Osprey Mira 26 Review: most versatile small hiking backpack for women

The Osprey Mira 26 is my go-to hiking backpack. I bought this pack in 2017 just before heading off onto a three day running trip across Scotland. I was looking for a lightweight, small-ish backpack with enough carrying capacity for storing three-days worth of gear.

When I tried the Osprey Mira 26 in the shop, I really loved its snug fit. I have to admit, it didn’t disappoint when I tested it in the field. Despite its size (the Osprey Mira 26 is bigger than packs I usually use for trail running) I found that the Osprey Mira 26 was super comfortable and very stable when running.

I have also used the Osprey Mira 26 on multiple cycling trips, weekend city trips and less exotic “urban jungle” shopping outings. So if you are looking for a small multi-purpose backpack I would definitely recommend the Osprey Mira 26 AG.

Read on for a comprehensive Osprey Mira 26 review.

Osprey Mira 26 review

Osprey Mira 26 Review: Spec Sheet

  • Product name: MIRA AG 26
  • Brand name: Osprey
  • Weight: 2.6lbs (1.18kg)
  • Volume: 26L
  • Dimensions: 20H X 12W X 12D in (51H X 30W X 30D cm)
  • Color options: red, grey, blue

Osprey Mira 26 Review: Top Features

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  • Mesh backpanel – provides a lot of breathability and comfort even with a fully loaded backpack. If you are carrying sharp/heavy items it prevents them from pointing into your back which can be quite uncomfortable.
  • Chest, hip and shoulder straps – gives you many options to adjust the backpack fit to make sure it sits comfortably. If you are planning to run with the Osprey Mira 26 these straps are great because they will allow you to tighten the fit such that the pack doesn’t wiggle around when you run.
  • Four compression straps (two on each side) – can be used to compress the bag’s main compartment when it is not fully loaded or to stuff (like for example your rain jacket or sleeping matt) on the outside.
  • Hipbelt with large zippered pockets – very handy for storing things you want to have on hand during your hike (e.g. phone, camera, snacks, sun cream, etc.). The pockets are large enough for storing a iPhone and other items of that sort of size.
  • Small internal mesh pockets – perfect for securing smaller items. One of the mesh pockets even includes a key ring.
  • Side mesh pockets for water bottles designed such that the water bottle can be slotted in vertically or sideways –  makes it much easier to grab your bottle without having to take your pack off or ask your hiking partner for your bottle every time you are thirsty.
  • Dedicated hydration compartment with a 2.5L water bladder (included) – the fact that the hydration bladder slot is separate makes it much easier to remove and replace the water bladder when the pack is loaded.
  • Trekking pole attachment hook on the shoulder strap – which means you don’t have to take your backpack off every time you want to store your poles away.
  • Removable rain cover – especially useful if you live in the UK 😉
  • Helmet attachment loop and blinker light attachment strap – very handy if you are planning on using the Osprey Mira 26 for cycle touring or bike commuting

Osprey Mira 26 Review: Who It’s For

The Osprey Mira 26 women’s hydration backpack is super versatile. I would recommend it for day hikes, multi-day summer hiking and trail running trips and cycling commutes. So if you are a women looking for a lightweight multi-purpose backpack suitable for outdoor activities as well as around town use, the Osprey Mira 26 is a great choice.

However, if you are looking for a large hiking backpack for long distance hiking trips or for winter hikes that require you to carry lots of gear then I would recommend that you look for a larger pack (like for example the Osprey Mira AG 34).

Osprey Mira 26 Review: Where to Buy

Osprey Mira 26 Review: Conclusions

In summary: the Osprey Mira 26 Women’s backpack is a very popular hiking backpack among women. It is a super versatile, lightweight backpack suitable for every-day use, day hikes, summer hiking trips and cycling. The Osprey Mira 26 pack is super comfortable. It comes with lots of handy storage options as well as a water bladder compartment.

However, it might not be suitable for longer adventures requiring a large amount of gear to be carried.

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