Osprey Rook 50 Backpack Review

Osprey Rook 50 Backpack Review

Initially, I wasn’t fond of this backpack. I was used to packs with additional external pockets and an extra horizontal compartment with a zippered entry, as well as a hard external frame that provides stability for the pack to stand up. However, I’ve come to appreciate this pack for its numerous well-thought-out features.

With the Rook 50 backpack, Osprey has opened a range aimed at a more budget-friendly market segment. However, the American brand does not mean to complain about the quality, which has made the strength of a well-deserved reputation. So, how does the Osprey Rook 50 backpack truly perform when you have it on your back?

Osprey ROOK 50 Backpack Review

Osprey Rook 50 Mens Backpack

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Tech Specs:

  • Main Fabric: 600D Polyester
  • Accent Fabric: 450D Polyester
  • Bottom Fabric: 1000D Nylon Packcloth
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 29.1H X 16.3W X 13.8D in.
  • Volume: 50 liters (also available in 65 L + Renn female model)
  • Size: M or L (to be defined with the Osprey app)
  • Torso Size: 17-22 inches
  • Hipbelt Size: 29-51 inches
  • Fixed Top Lid Pocket: Yes
  • Zippered Hipbelt Pockets: Yes
  • Removable Raincover: Yes


  • Excellent carrying comfort
  • Good accessorizing space
  • Reasonable price
  • Included rain cover
  • Wide and very supportive hip belt


  • Sleeping bag compartment cannot be completely removed
  • Hip belt pockets are difficult to use

Comfort and Ventilation

In the pursuit of creating a more affordable backpack, compromises often need to be made, and in the case of the Osprey Rook 50, this is noticeable in its weight. The Rook 50 is slightly heavier compared to other Osprey models. The immediate concern then revolves around the comfort of carrying. However, with an additional 400 grams, it’s not a significant burden to bear. To my surprise, the comfort level was quite impressive.

Initially, I had reservations about the foam density in the straps, but it turned out to be dense enough to provide both effectiveness and comfort. Then, the aluminum frame distributes the weight well on the hips.

One plus the other, we don’t have the feeling of a tourniquet on the collarbones, as on some ordinary models. And that is exactly what makes the difference between a backpack shit banal and a quality backpack. In addition, this rigid structure allows the bag to perfectly follow the movement of the back to become one with it, especially on technical terrain.

The set is adjustable with a notch hooking system that allows the height of the straps to be adapted to the size of the hiker. A chest strap with an integrated whistle finishes adjusting the bag to his bust. Without either being worth those of the exceptional Atmos AG 65, the reinforcements at the level of the belt correctly fulfill their mission.

Osprey hasn’t shied away from back ventilation either. Like the Atom AG 65, a large AirSpeed ​​mesh covers the bag. Therefore, during the adventure (especially in the heat of summer when you only wear a t-shirt), perspiration is effectively evacuated into the air rather than remaining in the suffocating, stuck humidity. Here, the empty space allows air to pass through.

Moreover, the trampoline-style tension absorbs the dynamics of the walk, ensuring that the bag does not hit the back. Four compression straps ensure the stability of the pack (top and bottom on each side).


True to its ambition for technicality, Osprey has not made the sacrifice of its accessorization either. Let’s start with the pockets. The Osprey Root 50 backpack has a non-detachable top hood with a large outside pocket that can accommodate a lot of stuff. I can put both hands in with my fingers spread. On the other hand, no inner opening. On the sides of the bag, two nets to place a water bottle and a tripod.

Osprey Rook 50 Accessorization

On the belt, two pockets the size of a hand are large enough to hold a packet of cookies, compass, lipstick… Taking up the idea of ​​a daisy chain, 2 X 3 rings allow you to hang everything that doesn’t fit or that you want to keep outside the bag (shoes, water bottle, cup, drying clothes, etc.).

On the bottom, two adjustable straps typically allow you to fix your rolled-up mattress and/or your packed tent. A non-negligible advantage is Osprey provides a waterproof rain cover. The canvas used in 600D Polyester and Nylon Packcloth is really resistant to wear and possible snags.

Osprey Rook 50 Accessorization 2

Interior Space

The volume of 50 liters is divided into two spaces. The main one is in which we will organize all our gear for the trek, 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 through a zipped opening on the lower part of the bag.

An internal strap also allows you to compress the volume as needed. A small print recalls the principles of outdoor activity (respecting, preserving, minimizing its impact, etc.).

The Verdict

Osprey has succeeded in making a more financially accessible backpack without compromising on quality. The Osprey Rook 50 backpack amazed me with its carrying comfort due to its frame. Besides this, it is well-accessorized to be practical and offer many solutions. I highly recommend it to people looking for a real hiking backpack, designed for trekking, without breaking the bank.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the weight of the Rook 50 impact comfort during extended use?

Despite being slightly heavier than other Osprey models, the backpack’s foam straps and aluminum frame enhance effective weight distribution and ensure a pleasantly surprising level of comfort.

Does the Osprey Rook 50 offer water resistance?

The pack is very water-resistant, and it includes a small zippered compartment at the bottom to hold a waterproof pack cover. However, using the cover may be limited if external items are attached.

How does the backpack handle heavier items and external attachments?

The backpack has a floating floor in a zippered section for heavier items, and there are external attachment points for items like a foam sleeping pad.

How is the ventilation on the Osprey Rook 50?

The backpack features an excellent mesh back support that allows air to flow, which helps to keep the user cooler during hikes.

Are there any adjustments for different body sizes?

Yes, the shoulder straps are adjustable in height and overall length, accommodating torso lengths from 17 to 22 inches.

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