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Osprey Womens Skimmer 20 Plum Red

Osprey Womens Skimmer 20 Plum Red

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The Skimmer is a tough, reliable and comfortable Women's specific companion for all of your walking adventures. The AirScape backpanel keeps you cool and comfortable on warmer days of the year. 

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What is the Skimmer?

The Skimmer is a tough, reliable and comfortable Women's specific companion for all of your walking and travel adventures. It features a tough nylon outer fabric, a comfortable and breathable backsystem and a host of useful pockets to store all of your essentials.

What is it made of?

Osprey use a super tough 210D Nylon Diamond Ripstop throughout the bag to offer the highest levels of durability whilst keeping the weight sensible (740g). A durable water repellent coating has been added to this outer fabric to resist light showers if you happen to get caught out. An raincover is included for persistent downpours!

What is the backsystem?

The Skimmer features Osprey's AirScape backpanel with bump-foam ventilation. Essentially, you've got a thick, comfortable layer of foam with extra bumps of foam sticking out; a layer of mesh sits on top of these bumps and creates hundreds of gaps in between each bump, meaning air can circulate and your back stays cooler. 

What are the features?

Starting with pockets, you've got two stretchy side pockets which have two access points, one at the top and one at the side; this allows you to slide your bottle into the pocket without taking the pack off or dislocating your shoulder! Other pockets include a zipped pocket in the lid, a zipped scratch-free sunglasses and electronics pocket at the top of the bag and although technically not a pocket, you get an external hydration sleeve for a water bladder. The features don't stop there, you've got compression straps to pull the weight closer to your back, an integrated and detachable raincover, a sternum strap with a magnet to clip a hydration hose to and walking pole attachment points.

  • Designed for Women
  • Compression straps
  • Two side stretch pockets
  • External hydration sleeves
  • Included raincover
  • Tough nylon outer fabric
  • Sternum strap with magnet
  • Walking pole attachment points
  • Zipped lid pocket
  • Sunglasses pocket
  • Zipped top access
Care & Advice

Getting the correct fit for your rucksack is as important as getting the fit right for your boots. A badly fitting pack can inflict misery and discomfort and completely ruin your adventure. This guide is designed to help you get the best fit and comfort from your chosen pack so that carrying all your kit becomes a pleasure and not a chore.


If the pack has an adjustable back length, adjust this to your correct level. Your back length is not related to your height but your torso length. Many packs, and specifically the bigger and more technical packs are available in different back lengths or feature adjustable back systems. Contrary to popular belief, your torso length and not your overall height is the key to getting a well fitted pack. Tall people don’t necessarily have long torsos, just as shorter people don’t always have a short torso length.

Your torso length can be found by measuring from your C7 vertebra (the bony protrusion at the back of your neck when looking down) to the height of your iliac crest (top of your hip bones, where you put your hands on your hips). This measurement will give you an idea of which pack back length to choose.

Once you've got the back length sorted, either by selecting the correct size pack or adjusting the back system, you can begin to follow these simple steps to help achieve a comfortable carry.


Before you start fitting the pack, loosen off all the straps as this will make it easier to get the correct tension later.


Fasten the backpack hipbelt, the general position is the same as where you’d put your ‘hands on hips’ This area is called the pelvic girdle, and what you can feel when you rest your hand on the area is the bony protuberance, the iliac crest. The iliac crest can support the weight from a pack comfortably, and for sustained periods. The padded section of the hipbelt should encompass this and fit securely.

Tighten the straps so the hipbelt feels secure and held firmly around your body. Ensure that the lumbar pad is centered to your lower back to give you maximum support. Remember that your hips carry most of the weight of the pack, so this should be firm but comfortable.


Next, adjust the shoulder straps, pull them until they start to become snug, but ensure that they are not too tight as to lift the pack off your hips. Remember tightening them will stabilise the pack but will increase pressure over the shoulders. If the back length of the pack is correct the shoulder straps will be flush to your shoulders whilst the hipbelt sits in place comfortably. The point where the shoulder straps attach to the main body of the pack should be roughly half way down your shoulder blades; this ensures  that the shoulder straps rolls evenly over the top of your shoulders to distribute the weight correctly.


Fasten the chest strap and pull until taut but not tight, the elastic section should not be extended. This helps keep the shoulder straps from catching in your shoulder joints and keeps the stability of the pack when moving over rough ground.


Top tensioner straps link the shoulder straps to the top of the pack. When tightened, their main function is to stabilise the top part of the pack. The optimum angle for these straps in 45º, but they will stabilise the load even when horizontal or at a more obtuse angle. Tighten them until you feel the top part of the pack rest against your pack, over tightening them will create excessive pressure on the front of your shoulders.


Side tension straps are linked to the hipbelt. By tightening these straps you can stabilise the load but reduce the hipbelt flexibility. Where balance is critical tightening them can help you feel more secure. However, if you are striding out over easy terrain it’s better to loosen these straps to allow full hip flexibility.


Side compression straps come next, pulling these tight does two things: firstly, it stabilises the load, secondly it can lift the lower part of the pack, repositioning the load closer to your back.


Following these steps should give you a comfortable but secure fit on your pack. Sometimes adjustments will need to be made on the go depending on the terrain or the load you are carrying. The perfect fit is very much a personal preference so experiment with different tensions on the pack to find what suits you best.

Technical Information

Weight: 700g

Main fabric: 210D Nylon Diamond Ripstop

Sizing Information

Maximum dimensions: 50 x 27 x 25cm

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Excellent customer service. Really detailed easy to understand product descriptions on the Trekitt website, and gear reviews on the Trekitt YouTube channel made it so easy to choose the right backpack for me.
Emily - May 2020
Amazing service! Very helpful in regards sizing and what most matched my needs, despite this being done over the internet. YouTube videos of products being examined are very useful also. Would definitely use again, very fast and efficient delivery. Brilliant! Highly recommended!
David R - April 2020
Highly recommend. I usually go to the shop in Hereford as staff are alwasy very helpful and knowledgeable. So this was the first time I have purchased online and the service was just as good as the shop.
Grizzy - April 2020


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