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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2010
Like any other backpacking pack, make sure you get your sizing right. At 6'1" 230lbs, I figured I would fit the Large pack, but still wanted to make sure and did the sizing process on [...] anyway. The 58 liter capacity stated for the pack is actually for the medium, so if you go with large, you pick up three extra liters with a total capacity of 61 liters. The first thing I noticed right out of the box is how light the pack is. It reminded me of a time in my childhood when my dad took my brother and I to Universal Studios in LA. We were playing in one of the old areas filled with real looking rocks and boulders. When you picked them up, they were made of foam and you pretended to be throwing these huge things around like in the movies. That's what this pack reminded me of: I went to pick it up out of the box expecting a regular pack, but was shocked at its ultra light weight. It came with the pack compressed and straps pulled; it gave me an idea of how low profile this pack can go. I guess with its low profile and light weight, it just caught me off guard. Sure, I've experienced ultralight, but this was just different, better. There are a number of pockets thoughtfully placed, a clever pole attachment on the side that let's you stow a folding pole without taking off the pack, built in hydration compartment, removable top pocket, easy hip belt adjustment, and lots more. The neat thing about this is the ventilated mesh suspension which feels like the pack is riding on an air mattress. You may be taken aback at the thin straps of the pack (some like beefy straps, I do), but they have proven tough. Besides, it's all backed by Osprey's lifetime warranty. They will repair your pack free of charge, and if they can't, they'll replace it. One thing I wished for: That it came with a rain cover. The Osprey UL Raincover is sold separately (make sure to get the sizing right on this too - for the large pack, the raincover size is medium). But so is another cool option, the Osprey Airporter. It's a clever fitted duffel that your pack slips into when you have to travel through airports, docks, etc. No exposed straps or anything else that can get chewed up by conveyer belts, etc. Overall: Impressive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2013
Color Name: Ember OrangeSize Name: MediumVerified Purchase
The setup for this pack is great - the two front pockets are perfect for all of the small stuff to keep it organized, the gear loops and trekking pole system is great, and it's super light. I even really like the straps and belt - I was used to having a lot more padding, but they're very comfortable and breath very well. The vented back is great too, although it does make me feel like I need to pull the load straps tighter since my center of gravity is always a bit further than I'm used to.

My one issue is that it's just not very adjustable - I am 5'10" with a 30" waist, so I got the medium. I have a relatively long torso for my height, and narrow hips. I have to pull the waist belt almost completely tight, and the straps are barely tall enough for me (they're totally fine with loads < 30lbs, which is about what this pack should carry anyhow). If I were to get the large, the straps would likely fit better, but the belt would be too big. In the past I've been able to mix and match belts/straps with osprey packs which was great, and while I know they made some concessions for weight savings here, it may not be worth it if you're a non-standard shape. Maybe go down to an REI and try one of these on with weight before buying it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2014
Color Name: Ember OrangeSize Name: SmallVerified Purchase
This pack has been discontinued so I panicked to snatch one up. The new version has been slightly lightened and is offered in different colors but is generally the same concept.

Much like the Atmos series of packs, this pack has a comfortable full mesh back, hip-belt pockets and external pockets with a removable lid. The difference? They have used spacer mesh and lighter weight materials in an effort to shave off the better part of half a pound. The result is phenomenal comfort and a super-light package.

I plan on using this pack for a 5 day trek of the west coast trail. As a result of careful planning and gear selection my pack weight total is 23.5lbs, and at this weight and balance the pack rides perfectly. At 27 the straps begin to dig a bit and over 30 the pack feels unmanageable. I attribute this to a light foam hip-belt and air suspension which are not as tough as other packs in this size. In addition, the mesh used for the hipbelts and water bottle pockets is not the toughest material; it would be smart to avoid packing sharp objects in these areas.

Comfort, weight, function and appearance all score top marks for me - and this is one of my favorite packs out of owning nearly 20. Just keep the weight lower than you usually would and the pack will do the rest!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
Color Name: Jungle GreenSize Name: LargeVerified Purchase
Albeit about 6oz heavier than GoLite's Jam70, I never notice it is on my back...I love the compression strap system, and the cool air on the back...I have heard the separation of the mesh on Osprey can make the center off, I did not notice this to be true...It has several nice features like the Pole Holders that you can just strap on the side when you want to do something, everything is small and light on it....I never even notice it is on my back and just got done doing 34+ miles in under 13 hours while almost being bit by several rattlesnakes, I AM glad it was so light, made it easier to dodge the mean little suckers ~grins~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2014
Color Name: Jungle GreenSize Name: MediumVerified Purchase
Ordered it in the spring so 2013. Did the West Coast Trail (5 nights) twice with it. Carried about 30 lbs in it each time. The pack was a trooper. Suspension was fine; no shoulder aches. The waist belt is skinnier than larger packs but was sufficiently comfortable. Some reviewers mention that the buckles slip abit. I never found that. The single large compartment is fine. I jammed spare clothes in the two outside zippered pockets: perfect. My camelbak water 3L water bladder fits in well, although I hang it by a string. The pack is very light, just around 2.0 lbs and handled the abuse of rocks, logs, rain and sand that the West Coast Trail poses with no issues. I'm glad I bought this pack.
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on December 23, 2014
Color Name: Jungle GreenSize Name: LargeVerified Purchase
No longer use or own this pack. I used it twice to give it a try and just could not get comfortable with it. This pack is not meant to carry a lot of weight, so if you plan on carrying over 25lbs I don't think this pack is right. For some it may be ok but not for me. If you a re ultra lighter then this one is for you it is a nice pack and I love Osprey packs that's all I own but this one just didn't work for me. Has nice large hip belt pockets which I really like. You also have plenty of room in the side pockets for a Nalgene without having to jam it in there when the pack is stuffed. They have updated this pack since and made some improvements but I normally carry around 27lbs so I am sticking with another option like the Atmos.
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on January 4, 2014
Color Name: Jungle GreenSize Name: MediumVerified Purchase
This pack is just what the doctor ordered. I know someone who used it on a five day hike and he weighed in at 30 lbs. He had no complaints.
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on December 31, 2013
Color Name: Ember OrangeSize Name: LargeVerified Purchase
true to size, maybe a little more volume b/c I got the large size. but I love the way it sits/rides. not too many bells and whistles, one great big main pocket and a couple little extras that I always find helpful. If you're trying to backpack a little lighter, but still want the comfort of a tiny frame and can't make the full switch to a Gossamer gear/golite kinda bag, this is the one.
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on October 12, 2013
Color Name: Ember OrangeSize Name: MediumVerified Purchase
I've been able to test this on two trips in the Porcupine Mountains and I have to say it is a very nice pack! The last backpacking trip I took in the porcies I had it packed with 40lbs and it worked great! I have zero complaints as of now!
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on October 4, 2013
Color Name: Jungle GreenSize Name: LargeVerified Purchase
Considering Exos-58 price on Amazon was 150 Cheaper than my local Outdoor Store.

My Review is based on 30+ miles in 3 1/2 day's of backpacking trails w/extreme elevation changes in the Surrounding Mt Whitney Area/Pacific Crest Trail. With a full pack-load, to include (4 days of essential gear and clothing, Hygiene & First-aid Kit, sleeping bag, down & rain jacket, snowpeak cook stove, water - filter and food (Bear Canister) for 3 hikers.

I found the Exos comfortable, the suspension system help my posture and allowed for good airflow bt pack (typically I'd sweat through my shirt w/previous BPacks on hikes).
Almost POSITIVE the Bpack was over weight, and easily managed find a comfortable & lightweight hiking position, using the the B-Packs adjustable upper shoulder placement... Giving me the ability to adjust where the weight is distributed in my shoulders. I found the pocket placement sufficient along with these staps and zippers function properly. overall it's a good B-Pack...although I'd be disappointed if I had paid $200 plus for the Exos
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