Osprey Exos 34-Litre Backpack (Jungle Green, Medium)
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- Modified Airspeed Suspension
- Highly ventilated and supportive BioStretch harness
- Biostretch hipbelt
- Hydration compatible backpanel sleeve with external hose routing
- Single Vertical zippered front pocket, single toopl attachment
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 11 x 23 inches|
|Material Type||Cordura Mesh Ripstop|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
|Style Name||Exos 34|
Super lightweight thru hikes/weekend hikes pack features features a superlight 7mm webbing side compression, stow-on-th-go Trekking Pole Attachment, front stretch woven pocket, reflective detail to front pocket, cord tie-off points, under-lid pocket, zippered mesh hipbelt pockets, sleeping pad straps, and side stretch woven pockets with inner or outer compression, single vertical zippered front pocket and a single tool attachment.
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At this load the pack is above it's limit without causing it to fail. The straps and buckles may creak and groan occasionally when you're loaded up and moving fast, but that's to be expected over the upper limit. I managed to flatten somewhat the horizontal wire arch in the suspension, but I simply bent it back into shape. Went 280 miles on the AT with this pack during summer and it was a dream to wear. If you plan longer than 5 day intervals, I'd recommend using a bigger pack.
Several models of Osprey packs have the same pocket layout as the Exos 34. Either side has a web pocket for a water bottle. Big front pocket. The brain has two zippered pockets, one outside and one inside. It also detaches if you want to use it as a fanny pack. The waist belt has two small web pockets. There is also two stretch cords to hold hiking poles.
I like the frame of this pack. Its lightweight and actually does as advertised, allowing for ventilation and suspension of the load. Though I've never hiked with a frameless pack to compare it to, I think the framed pack is more comfortable to wear all day for many days, especially in hot weather, and well worth the weight. For shorter durations and cold temperatures the advantages of the frame are less apparent. Going lighter than the Exos 34 will likely mean going to a frameless pack.
If you are going to use this pack for long distances I would suggest thinking of all your gear as an entire system that works well together rather than as separate components. Of course, if you are willing and able to afford it. Lighter and more compact gear usually adds up to a lighter and more compact wallet, too. Nevertheless, I recommend buying the 3 liter hydraform by Osprey to go along with this packOsprey HydraForm Reservoir. You can then easily stay hydrated by sipping water through the tube every 10 minutes throughout the day without having to stop or reach for a bottle. That will do more for your stamina and enjoyment than anything else, and make you appreciate the system concept. The hydra pak fits the internal sleeve and the pack has slots on either side to accommodate the hose.
I found this pack perfect for that trip. I was attracted to the light weight, yet it was sturdy enough that it suffered no noticeable wear. The suspension was very comfortable with the 15 or 20 lb load I was carrying--including DSLR camera and enough extra clothing for September in the Alps.
I had seen the Exos 58 in a store but was not able to find the "34". So I bought the 34 from Amazon `sight unseen'. Although the three Exos packs are basically different sized versions of the same pack design, I discovered a few differences that are not easy to pick up when reading the Osprey website or the Amazon product description. While the 58 and 46 have a padded hipbelt, the 34's hipbelt is just mesh. When I first realized this, I was concerned that it would be uncomfortable, but I didn't find this to be so.
The pocket configuration is also different among the three Exos variants. The Exos 34 also does not have the vertical zippered front pocket(s) featured on the 46 and 58. However I found the pockets that the Exos 34 does have to be quite adequate. I especially liked the stretchy front pocket, which was ideal for maps and an extra clothing layer.
You definitely need a good rain cover if you expect some weather! The pack contents got wet in an intermittent rain on a hike before our trip. The brand-new (not Osprey) rain cover I purchased for the trip also failed to keep things dry on our one stormy day. So get a rain cover and test it.
I'm a bit puzzled by Osprey's sizing method. Using the Osprey template, I was a perfect Small, but when I tried on several Osprey packs, I was told that the Small was a little too small from waist to shoulders, yet the medium's waistbelt was obviously too large. (I'm a 5'4" 110 lb female.) But whatever, the small size seems to work fine.
The other complain I have with this backpack is it puts most of the weight on the shoulder, so it hurts a lot on the shoulder. Of course, the trade off is your back/waist could be more relaxed without feeling sore easily. However, I would hope it could distribute weights more evenly to different parts of the body.