Osprey Arcane Tote Pack Review

I was gifted the pack (on my request) for review. Photos by Anna Rach Photography.
Elle is walking along a brick wall swinging the Osprey Arcene Tote (in yellow).
Close up of Osprey logo on yellow Arcane Tote Pack
Elle wearing the Osprey Arcane Tote Pack as a backpack, holding the straps whole laughing as she looks down towards the ground.
Side profile of Elle wearing the yellow Osprey Arcane Tote as a backpack.

What’s yellow, made from 14 recycled plastic bottles and can be worn as a tote or backpack? …The Osprey Arcane Tote, is the answer. And to be fair, it also comes in green, red, blue and black. So something for all styles.

I first saw the Arcane Tote last Autumn before it launched and it caught my eye immediately. In my opinion, Osprey are a pretty technical brand when it comes to the outdoors so to see something that clearly was made with style in mind… yet still technical, piqued my interest.

The Arcane range is the first sustainability focused collection from Osprey in Spring ’20 which is kinda keeping up with the times. We’re all trying to play our little part when it comes to looking after the planet. On the blog I’ve covered how to make your fitness routine more ethical / sustainable and for the ladies, where to start when it comes to plastic free periods.

The Osprey Arcane Tote Pack In Detail

The pack has a 20L capacity which is a good size for day to day use. It’s made from recycled fabrics but is durable, light (0.8kg) and is still water resistant.

Dimensions – 46cm (Height) x 38cm (Width) x 23cm (Depth)

    Internally, the Arcane Tote features a padded laptop sleeve as well as some internal organisation pockets. It uses a zippered rolltop closure which I really like; it’s extra secure when out and about in the city. That rolltop closure is then extra extra secure with a metal buckle that goes across it.

    Externally, the pack features two pockets, one zippered and one not, for easy hand-in access. Perfect for non valuable essentials like lip balm, tissues, hand sanitiser and your umbrella.

    Feature – one backpack strap has a stretch pocket on it to store small things you might need often.

      Using the Arcane as a Backpack vs Tote

      This convertibility is one of my favourite features of the pack. It’s the same for the Osprey Transporter range (the Carry-On 44 and the original Osprey Transporter) which both come with backpack harnesses and shoulder straps.

      It means that when you need your hands free you can use the traditional padded (adjustable) backpack harness but when you want a more relaxed vibe, the tote is the way to go.

      Both the tote-handles and harness can be discreetly stowed away when not in use, using a compartment at the back of the pack and / or one of the front pockets.

      Personally, I think the only thing this pack is missing is a water bottle side pocket. Having to dig into my pack for water isn’t ideal but I will happily sacrifice that for the time-being!

      The Full Unisex Arcane Range

      The rest of the collection features a Large Day & Small Day pack, a Duffel, a Brief and Laptop Sleeve. Without a doubt, the Tote Pack is my favourite though.

      The Full Unisex Arcane Range

      You are gonna love this if… you’re always running around town and looking for a versatile bag, with a little style!

      Think twice if… you’re gonna need to fit looooooads into a day pack. 20L can get filled up quickly, but maybe it might help you to pack lighter?!



      I was gifted the pack (on my request) for review. Photos by Anna Rach Photography.

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