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Versatile, superlight, and tough backpack
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.