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Love my Osprey Atmos 50 !!!!!
on July 3, 2012
I bought this pack to walk the Camino in Spain. This pack was light and very comfortable. It had lots of room, pockets on waist belt that work great for snacks and a digital camera, and was set up for a camelbak. I just can't say enough good things about this pack. Walked 8 hours a day in rain sun, up hils and up hills and more hills, rain and shine. The shoulder straps are made with a ventilated foam that allows for airflow.
One thing is that you should ensure is that you get the right size (S,M,L). I figured I would wear a Large, but actually fit a Medium. Their site tells you how to size but you could go to REI. I am 5'10 and the medium was perfect. I carried around 20-25 pounds without issues. The back of the frame is a mesh that was surprisingly comfortable, and I loved it.
You can unhook the top pouch and carry seperate, maybe like a "man purse" or carry your valuables with you in hostels. The top pouch also had a mesh pocket in addition to the top pocket. This offered a little more security for paperwork.
I did see alot of people wearing their packs incorrectly. You must cinch the waist tight and the weight is on your hips, the shoulder straps just keep the pack upright and sould not really support much weight. The waist belt is the key.
Also, Osprey comes out with new versions every couple of years. This one that I purchased was the newest version. You can tell by the color and logo on the back. Be sure you check that out if you purchase although I bet all their packs are great.