Competition: Win a female fit Osprey Tempest rucksack

To celebrate International Women’s Day I’m giving away an Osprey Tempest rucksack designed to perfectly fit female bodies and ideal for everyday adventures.



Not all backpacks are created equal. And they shouldn’t be – men and women have completely different body shapes, and a standard unisex trekking rucksack can end up being pretty uncomfortable, especially over long distances. Enter Osprey, who have been designing female-specific rucksacks for 25 years. Their 41 women’s backpacks come in all sizes but have all been designed with narrower shoulders, shorter back lengths and better fitting hip belts than unisex models.

I’ve been a big fan of Osprey’s female-specific designs for years, and recently took their women’s fit Ariel AG 65 on a six-week trek in the Himalayas. Before I bought my Ariel I read up on read up on how Osprey design their rucksacks to fit the female form, but it’s also instantly noticeable when you put a women’s Osprey model on – the shoulder straps sit in the right places, the hip belt fits perfectly and the weight is evenly distributed across your shoulders and back. I loved that I could adjust the back of my Ariel to get the perfect fit, and I carted my camping kit plus heavy food and water around the Himalayas for over a month with no problems.

If you’re after a backpack for daily use, the iconic Osprey Tempest is the perfect all-rounder. It holds 20 litres of kit, ideal for day hikes, and is sleek and lightweight but still teeming with smart features, including an ergonomically shaped hip belt, plentiful pockets and an adjustable back.

Win an Osprey Tempect rucksack

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  1. March 8, 2019 / 5:48 pm

    Hi Siân, I’m already following your blog and on Instagram. My rucksack essentials are usually for a hike and wild swimming. I carry a towel, swim suit, neoprene socks and gloves, a waterproof camera, lunch, a flask full of hot coffee, a beanie hat for colder weather, tow float and goggles. 🙂 x

  2. March 8, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    Hi Siân, I’m already following your blog and on Instagram. My rucksack essentials are usually for hike and wild swimming. I usually pack a towel, swim suit, neoprene socks and gloves, waterproof camera, lunch, flask of hot coffee, a beanie hat for colder weather, a tow float and goggles! 🙂 x

  3. Nicole
    March 8, 2019 / 6:18 pm

    I always make sure to include some instant chai tea and a bar of Kendal mint cake !

  4. Tim Mellor
    March 8, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    Liked on Instagram. One of those would make a nice pressie for my climbing and hiking buddy. My useful bit of kit is a shemagh, you can wear it around your head to keep the sun, wind and sand off, or as a scarf or shawl. You can also use it as a picnic rug, towel or even a baby carrier.

  5. Vicky
    March 8, 2019 / 7:10 pm

    Hi Siân! On days when we have no rain and a glimpse of blue sky, I quite often squeeze my climbing shoes and chalk bag into my rucksack as we hike to find places to boulder. The Osprey rucksack looks fab! I already follow your Instagram blog ⛺️ x

  6. Vicky
    March 8, 2019 / 7:17 pm

    Hi Siân! On the days when we have no rain and there’s a glimpse of blue sky, i often squeeze my climbing shoes and chalk bag into my rucksack, as we hike to find places to boulder. The Osprey rucksack looks fab! I already follow your Instagram blog ⛺️ x

  7. Sue Bromley
    March 8, 2019 / 7:31 pm

    Hi Sian, I already follow you on Instagram, my back pack essentials are my bobble hat, cliff bars for an energy snack and water, not only for me but also my four legged friend, Poppy that is with me for every adventure! The osprey tuck sack looks like just what I need!

  8. Yke
    March 8, 2019 / 7:36 pm

    Been following you on Instagram for a bit now since I enjoy seeing what other girls in Europe are up to outdoor wise. But geez.. the essential thing I pack when I go for a hike? The whole reason I need to bring a good backpack is that I take loads of stuff with me (need a plaster or an extra snack? I’ve got you covered!). Anyway, so I always pack lip balm with SPF, plenty of sweet and savory snacks, water (!), an nowadays my camera ’cause I really want to get better at taking photos of the landscape and my friends who are with me.

  9. Yasmin Mitchell
    March 8, 2019 / 7:53 pm

    Hey! I already follow you on Instagram and love your posts! My essential must-haves are nuts in my front pockets because food is my motivator! Along with hot chocolate in my flask to give me a sugar rush! Not forgetting my trust national trust cap – I might as well promote where I work whilst hiking, right?!

  10. Chloe
    March 8, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    Hey Sian, my must- pack backpack essentials would have to be my tiny stove for a hot chocolate stop on a wild walk and of course some snacks and s’mores. I would also have my hammock and blanket for when I find a hidden gem along my walk, usually by a river or lake and would maybe squeeze in a map to pretend I’m not lost along the way ️

  11. March 8, 2019 / 10:45 pm

    Hi! Already following you on Instagram. I can’t go anywhere without some decent coffee and dark chocolate so they definitely have to be packed but if I’m going near any water my trusty swimsuit comes along too…just in case! My usual rucksack has just given up on me so this would be great!

  12. Jeannine
    March 8, 2019 / 10:46 pm

    Alpkit brukit!

  13. Sarah
    March 8, 2019 / 10:48 pm

    Rucksack essentials are layers. Lots of them. I would love a female fit rucksack. I have scars from the chaffage of a unisex rucksack on Y3P as I have large boobs and unisex rucksacks are really not fit for purpose. Liked you on Instagram 🙂

  14. Penny
    March 8, 2019 / 10:54 pm

    I follow you on instagram! If I had to choose one essential it would be my recently acquired vaccum waterbottle as I love having warm or hot water when out and about. The next would definitely be a head torch, might not be used but always makes me feel more comfortable having it. I use a different osprey and found it to be the best and only large (over 12L) backpack I have been able to run with, including with shower stuff and clothes on the run commute! The chest, waist, and shoulder straps do really feel different to other backpacks.

  15. Kelly
    March 9, 2019 / 6:55 am

    It’s got to be emergency snacks to keep up morale and allow me to always go a little further! Love the Osprey range, not lucky enough to own one myself…yet! Only found you on insta a few weeks ago but already love your vibe and how you share. Thank you!!

  16. Helen
    March 9, 2019 / 7:23 am

    Hi Sian, my essential backpack is emergency jelly babies, just in case extra food is required but they usually end up getting eaten on the way home also a dry pair of socks to get changed into at the end of the day. I already follow your Instagram and loved your book!

  17. Lindsey
    March 9, 2019 / 8:19 am

    Hi Sîan, followed on Instagram. The Osprey bag looks great- I’m currently lugging around one of those uncomfortable unisex bags so could do with an upgrade. My essentials are: packed lunch and snacks (the important stuff), flask of coffee, water bottle, my buff (so versatile), a torch and a trusty OS map.

  18. Maya
    March 9, 2019 / 8:50 am

    Following on Instagram! Day trip essentials include my camera and some snacks

  19. Izzy Frampton
    March 9, 2019 / 8:57 am

    Dog treats! To keep our pup Bear fuelled and happy. I follow you on Instagram. 🙂

  20. Annabel Cope
    March 9, 2019 / 9:52 am

    Good morning! My backpack essential would have to be…snacks! It’s probably the thing I think about first when packing. Got to keep the energy up! Now I would also add my bamboo travel flask that I was given for Christmas, as tea and snacks is obviously the perfect combo.
    I’ve been reading your lovely blog for a while and already follow your on Instagram. Happy hiking

  21. Marianne Seebold
    March 9, 2019 / 10:04 am

    Hi, definately pack a flask of tea, some chocolate
    and waterproofs to keep the energy levels up and stay dry while hiking:-) Marianne

  22. Sarah-Jayne
    March 9, 2019 / 10:05 am

    Hi Siân, I already love your instagram blog. My absolute essentials are high factor suncream, multi tasking scarf, plasters, socks, camera, flask of goodness and snacks. I also have to be able to fit nappies, wipes, drinks, snacks and the kitchen sink if our gorgeous and very adventurous toddler is with us, so a sparkly new Osprey Tempest would be a lovely treat! Love what you do, very inspiring!!

  23. Alison Trigell
    March 9, 2019 / 10:13 am

    Hi Sian my must have has got to be chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate…..well i need it for energy lol. I have joined you on instagram. X

  24. Sophie
    March 9, 2019 / 10:18 am

    Hey! My useful item I always carry is a buff. They are great on a hot day to protect from the sun or hold my hair back from my face or they are always useful in winter to keep my neck head and face warm from the elements. In an emergency they could be used for first aid. They take up such a tiny amount of space too! I already followe you on instagram x

  25. Samantha Bannister
    March 9, 2019 / 10:20 am

    I’m already a follower on Instagram and Facebook.

    My must-pack backpack essential item has to be a bag of Jelly Babies, I don’t think you can really call it an adventure if you haven’t got a pack in your backpack!

    They are the ultimate must-pack item for any trek, wild swim or bivvy.


  26. Lexy Hughes
    March 9, 2019 / 10:21 am

    Hi Sian! Been following you on IG & the Book of Face for a while now :-). My backpack essentials include a microfibre towel, waterproofs, headtorch and a woolly hat but most importantly plenty of treats for my little 4-legged exploring buddy or she would never forgive me!

  27. Jessica Wyatt
    March 9, 2019 / 10:48 am

    Hey! My backpack essential has to be excellent snacks! I’m a fan of an elaborate sandwich and a bit of soreen myself. I’m already a follower on Instagram 🙂 Jess

  28. Sarah Hoey
    March 9, 2019 / 10:51 am

    Hi Sîan, following you on Insta. I’m big into foraging, so apart from a decent rucksack and a waterproof jacket, I bring plenty of collapsible containers and eco bags for stashing my forages for cooking later on, a flask of water, some earmuffs for those windy summits, and a block of solid sunscreen x

  29. Claire
    March 9, 2019 / 11:59 am

    A bit of chocolate/sweet treat to surprise the walking companions on a walk out when energy starts to dip. Never fails to lift the mood!

  30. Lotti Papastavrou Brooks
    March 9, 2019 / 12:46 pm


    I love your blog and Instagram and find it very inspiring. I leave a few safety things always in my rucksack (first aid kit, sun cream, compass). The fun things I have; always a towel (you never know when you will find a place to swim), chocolate and whisky (for when you reach the top of any peak) and if I have space I keep a book in my bag as I think reading in the outdoors is one of the most wonderful things.

  31. Emily Roberts
    March 9, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Hi! I already follow you on Instagram! My must pack essentials are my picnic blanket, instant hot chocolate and a tasty chew for my dog so we can pause somewhere with a view!

  32. Zoe Hardacre
    March 9, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    Hi Sian! No matter where I go I always have a flask of water, my notepad and a pen. I write a diary everywhere I visit so I’m never without this! Oh and a scarf for picnic blanket/ windshield/ cosy vibes

  33. Sarah
    March 9, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    Always our Stanley flask of something hot! X

  34. Rebecca Primmer
    March 9, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    Hi Sian, for me it depends on the season. In the summer when it’s warm I crave getting in the water, so usually through in a bikini and towel for what I’d call an emergency must swim situation. All year round I like to have a packed lunch and water bottle on me, & a jumper/hoodie if I’m not already wearing one. Also my phone for pictures and to feel I can touch base if needed. It would be so interesting to see how this backpack is compared to the regular ones. I always have one both for work, commuting & days out. So it would be so handy

  35. Ashleigh Bugler
    March 9, 2019 / 1:49 pm

    A yummy picnic and spare socks are my backpack essentials! Love having lots of snacks and a big flask of hot tea especially this time of year ☺️ Would really love and use this prize to death!! Have been wanting an osprey bag for a long time Thanks for all the great content

  36. Hill Hary
    March 9, 2019 / 1:52 pm

    This looks brilliant! I’ve been using my old backpack for years! Thanks for all the inspo on Instagram

  37. March 9, 2019 / 2:46 pm

    Hello! My backpack essential is a spare Buff. Over the years, it’s been used as a sling, a filter, a replacement strap for a head torch, a face cloth, a blindfold and even lent out to other hikers met en route – thankfully, I’ve never had to use it as a tourniquet although I believe that’s possible too! Already following your adventures on Instagram. Thanks!

  38. March 9, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    Hi, Already follow you on Instagram. I always make sure I have the essentials of coffee and dark chocolate, and if I know we’ll be near any water my swimsuit getss shoved in as well…you never know when the opportunity may arise and there’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to go for a dip! Love the Osprey bags and as I’ve just managed to kill my trusty old rucksack this would be really handy!

  39. Sarah Telesia
    March 9, 2019 / 3:06 pm

    Being a nature lover, at the moment I like to pack for a day hike and spotting sesh: maps, a thermos of hot drink, my Klean Kanteen, binoculars, my pocket size bird and flora fauna guides (Attempting to learn more about the great outdoors as I go!) gloves and beanie, lunch and snacks, tissues, lip balm. My husband says I’m a geek, but then secretly joins in trying to identify things on our hikes. Would pack different stuff for camping etc. Already follow you on Instagram! ☀️

  40. Laura Speight
    March 9, 2019 / 3:26 pm

    Hi Sian!
    My backpack essentials are towel and swimsuits for wild swimming and snacks and nappies for my three kiddos in tow.

  41. Debra
    March 9, 2019 / 4:05 pm

    Hi, I’m already following your Instagram an essential back pack item I take on my hikes is a foldable sit pad so I can take a seat anywhere to enjoy the views and have some lunch/snacks

  42. March 9, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    My adventure essentials always include plenty of snacks, especially of the homemade cake or biscuit variety! Following on instagram already 🙂

  43. Sue Bucknell
    March 9, 2019 / 4:34 pm

    Following on Instagram. As a busy Guide Leader, the Osprey would be perfect for all our adventures creating the next generation of girls outdoors. My rucksack essentials include an extra fleece (generally shared with a Guide!) and my trusty waterproof and a flask of coffee for enjoying the wonderful views on our hikes.

  44. Clare E Youngs
    March 9, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    Hey Siân. I already follow on Instagram. For my solo charity walk, my HEAD TORCH (and spare batteries) helped me more than I could have foreseen. Whatever else I might call essential, the head torch helped me find it in the dark!

  45. Rena
    March 9, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    Sunblock! The combo of being pale, relatively outdoorsy and having lived in Nz most of my life means I’m now anal about reapplying through the day as needed. Love your guides Sian- so many useful trip ideas for a newbie to the UK I’m also following on insta!

  46. Lorna Evans
    March 9, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    Hi! Following on insta (@jellyfish0705) and Facebook. My must pack essential is my shewee and then environmental friendly soap leaves!

  47. Maya
    March 9, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    Following on Instagram! My adventure essentials include my camera and plenty of snacks 😀

  48. Millie
    March 9, 2019 / 5:30 pm

    My backpack essential on a sunny day is my trusty hammock and a good book to have a little mid-adventure pause! I follow you on Instagram too!!

  49. Caro
    March 9, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    Hi Siân, I have been following your blog and Instagram account for a while (brilliantthief). And I absolutely love the book you wrote!!!
    My backpack essential is my pair of trekking poles I got for my trip to Jordan in may. I never thought walking with poles would make such a difference but it does and now I always have them in my pack when I go for a walk.

  50. Victoria King
    March 9, 2019 / 5:53 pm

    A cold beer! Love your blog, very inspiring x

  51. Sarah Brighten
    March 9, 2019 / 6:09 pm

    I already follow you on Instagram! My main essential is my best friend Barnaby, our three year old sprocker spaniel. He comes on most if not all the little adventures I go on, I’m recently teaching him how to paddle board- he’s a bit more resistant to this than most other things! Other than Barnaby I always like to have a notepad and a pen/ pencil. The Osprey rucksack looks awesome x

  52. Alexandra Menniss
    March 9, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    Evening! My essential piece of kit is a star gazing chart. I love knowing what constellations I’m gazing at when I wild camp.
    Have liked you on Instagram!

  53. Jane
    March 9, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    Hi, my backpack essential has to be sunscreen, no matter where I am headed. I follow on Instagram x

  54. March 9, 2019 / 11:03 pm

    I love this! My go-to must-pack item is always a pack of (biodegradable) wet wipes. Good for disinfecting cuts (which don’t usually require more than a thorough clean), great for a fresh face on a hot day and I’ve even used them to clean my dishes and equipment while on the road and trying to save water. They’re easy to carry and simple to dispose of. A simple, multi-use hack. I try to pack multi-purpose wherever I can.

  55. Mirka Duxberry
    March 10, 2019 / 7:47 am

    Hello, I’m still quite new to hiking, fell in love with it last year while discovering Shropshire Hills. The main essentials for me are the waterproofs as the weather can change so quickly, notepad or a book (when having a break it’s lovely to sit on a rock soaking in views and write or read) and of course jelly babies. I already follow you on Instagram:-)

  56. March 10, 2019 / 8:52 am

    Hello 🙂 I already follow you on instagram & my essentials are water, dairy free energy snacks, my camera’s and a good book.

  57. Samantha
    March 10, 2019 / 11:15 am

    Hi, my backpack essential while hiking *has* to be a bag of Jelly Babies!

  58. Mealiepoqell
    March 10, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    Hello! Just started following you on Instagram! My back back essential is a buff- can be used as a headband to keep your ears warm or around your neck to keep the wind out! P.s I love osprey back packs and would be perfect for my travels to Kenya this year! Xx

  59. Joanna
    March 10, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    Backpack essentials are always my water bottle, lip balm, KeepCup and SHHHNNNNAAAAACCCKKKKSSS! For when I’m at risk of getting hangry 😉

  60. March 10, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    Thor my Labrador. Although he won’t quite fit in my backpack any more, he is my number one essential for adventures.

  61. Janet
    March 10, 2019 / 10:47 pm

    My friend always brings a “charm item” backpacking — for her it’s a cute mug that weighs way more than I allow my backpacking supplies to weigh, but she gets so much enjoyment out of it! For me, it’s a backup external battery.

  62. Annabel
    March 11, 2019 / 10:38 am

    New favourites, as a result of last summer include: Muesli, Tasty Beef Stroganoff, socks, sun cream, crampons, waterproofs and a Nalgene.
    Following you on Instagram

  63. LeighAnne Turner
    March 11, 2019 / 10:26 pm

    HI! I already follow you on Instagram and love your blog. My must have item would have to be my camera, fo shizzle! 😉

  64. Caitlin
    March 12, 2019 / 9:39 pm

    Ooo, hmm plenty of layers. Be bold start cold but in Scotland with 4 seasons in one hour you never quite know what the weather will be like in 45 minutes never mind after lunch. Plenty of snacks too! A false summit was always when my mum would pull out the custard creams to lift the family spirits to get us to the top, it might not be custard creams these days but always plenty of snacks, food always tastes better outdoors! Your least favourite sandwich filling is Michelin starred on the side of a hill! Thats two essentials but you can’t beat em!

  65. Roisin
    March 13, 2019 / 5:08 pm

    What a fabulous competition!! My backpack essential (although too many to choose from) has to be the pocket rocket camping stove…tea and porridge ANYWHERE. And a squares bar, essential energy xxxx

  66. lorraine kirk
    March 14, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    Hi, I’m already following you on IG (littlemonks). My essentials are a spork, my little lumix camera, mints, my trusty old flask and a bright pink Sprayway fleece. I think I’m sounding old so I’ll leave it at that!

  67. Tricia
    March 17, 2019 / 2:05 pm

    Essential packing is my Tilly hat. It’s 16 years old and still going strong despite many dunkings when capsizing my dinghy.

    Following you on Instagram is that the same as like?

  68. March 17, 2019 / 2:27 pm

    Hi Sian, I always bring a sketchbook – just in case 🙂 have liked on Instagram too. Being extremely short – it would be fab to have a rucksack that fit me for once!

  69. Lucy
    March 18, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    I always pack water wherever I go but it’s doubly important when hiking! I will normally also take tissues, a few first aid items such as plasters, money (to stop at a pub or for tea and cake), sunglasses (ever the optimist!) and an emergency chocolate bar! I will quite often also have an extra layer of clothing just in case! Lucy

  70. March 18, 2019 / 2:11 pm

    Hi liked and following….I’d love a lightweight backpack as mine has straps like razors. If I won i’d fill it with:
    Snickers, several of them. Dr Hauschka lip balm (perfect for all weathers and it works). Sunglasses, a micro towel for picnics and the odd dip, a chilli water water bottle to stay hydrated, a penknife and binoculars or a camera so you don’t miss anything, a map so you don’t get lost and can find the pub. Oh, and blister plasters – just incase.

  71. Mary Heald
    March 23, 2019 / 6:38 pm

    Digestive biscuits!
    Liked on instagram

  72. Caoimhe McKearney
    April 4, 2019 / 6:01 am

    Hey Siân! Liked on Instagram – really enjoying your pics and the blog. My backpack essentials are probably a cute bobble hat and gloves most of the year round (amazing how the chill factor can set in with just a bit of altitude or exposure!!), but also sunglasses and the very important Factor 50. And no, with my pale Irish skin that’s definitely not a contradiction!! Always got a bar of chocolate in there too for those pick-me-up moments. I’m currently saving up for a larger Osprey hiking rucksack for walking the Tour du Mont Blanc later this year, but it would be amazing to win the Tempest for use on all the day hikes I’ll be doing as part of my training between now and then! 🙂

  73. Bethan
    April 5, 2019 / 5:17 pm

    Hello Siân :)) Don’t know if I’m too late to enter, but I’m following you on Instagram. UNO is a must have in my rucksack for a quick game of cards while hiding from the rain in a tent or over a lunch break. I’m going interrailing this summer and this bag would be a perfect daysack (for the classic one bag on the front, another on the back )

  74. Suzanne
    April 11, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    Definitely, my camera, to capture amazing scenery and help create brilliant memories.