Osprey Atmos 65 Pack
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- Airspeed Suspension with LightWire Alloy Frame
- Gender Specific BioStretch Fixed harness with mesh covered perforated foam and slide adjustable sternum strap
- Gender specific BioStretch built-in hipbelt with mesh covered perforated foam and ErgoPull closure
- Hydration compatible backpanel sleeve with hanger and dual side hose exits
- Floating top pocket
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|Item Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Package Height||3 x 13 x 25 inches|
|Shipping Weight||9 pounds|
|Special Size Type||Large|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
The pack also includes a sewn-in hydration sleeve with a well-marked exit port, ensuring that you stay well hydrated on the trail. And serious trekkers will love the Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment, which leaves both your hands free for climbing. Other details include a zippered sleeping bag compartment with a removable divider, dual ice tool loops and bungee tool tie-offs, and a couple of dual mesh side pockets with InsideOut compression, which allow you to tension and secure your load easily when the pockets are in use. The pack--which is available in graphite grey, green apple, and aspen gold colors--comes in small, medium, and large sizes.
The Atmos 65 includes a pair of vertical zippered front pockets and a trekking pole attachment.
- Dimensions: 14 x 30 x 12 inches (W x H x D)
- Small: 3,800 cubic inches; 3 pounds 7 ounces
- Medium: 4,000 cubic inches; 3 pounds 9 ounces
- Large: 4,200 cubic inches; 3 pounds 12 ounces
Things at Osprey move full circle, starting with the people, then the product, and then back to the people for the full lifetime of the product. Headquartered in Cortez, Colorado, in the southwest part of the state, the company is nestled at the corner of the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of vast sandstone canyon country. This landscape provides the Osprey staff with constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for the company's packs. The remainder of the company--including Osprey founder and head designer Mike Pfotenhauer--resides in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In HCM City, surrounded by heat, endless bustle, and vibrant energy, Osprey designs and builds its packs to exacting standards. Living in HCM City provides many benefits, including the ability to create face-to-face relationships with the factories that build its packs, ensure fair labor standards, and soak up the design inspiration of a cosmopolitan city.
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Finding the Right Backpack
For extended trips into the backcountry, there's no getting around the fact that you'll have to carry life-sustaining supplies on your back. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a backpack:
Internal vs. External
Up until late 1970's, external frame packs--which consist of an exposed, lightweight metal frame attached to a fabric pack-bag--were the only thing going. In recent years, though, packs that place the support structure of the pack inside the pack, known as internal frame packs, have boomed in popularity.
The good news about internal frame packs is that they hold the weight of your load close to your body, making it easier to maintain your balance on uneven terrain. Meanwhile, internals provide stiffness and support, but they are not completely rigid, which makes them more flexible when you're doing active sports. With the added flexibility comes a high degree of compressibility, meaning you can use the pack's compression straps to cinch down your load and keep items from shifting and throwing you off balance. Internals also sport slimmer shapes that allow for more arm movement in all directions--another big plus for off-trail bushwhackers, skiers and climbers. Last but not least, internal frame packs offer a greater range of adjustability in the shoulder harness and hip-belt than external frame packs.
There are some negatives for internals. First, once packed, it can be difficult to grab needed items out of them quickly. And because internal frame packs consolidate the load into a single, body-hugging unit, proper packing is very important. To distribute the weight properly, you should pack your heaviest items close to your back and in the middle portion of the pack-bag. Plan on getting a sweaty back with an internal, too, given the fact that they are pressed right against you. Finally, internal frame packs are priced higher than external models.
External frame packs are very good at focusing the weight of a load directly to the right place: your load-loving hips. While internals, when properly packed, do this effectively, too, you can always rest assured that an external will distribute the load evenly, no matter how unevenly packed it may be. Externals also offer easy access to your gear via multiple, easily-accessible compartments. Plus, because externals don't situate the load directly against your back, you'll enjoy far more air flow. Finally, if you're on a budget, or you're buying for a growing child, externals are more affordable.
If you plan on hiking on easy to moderate trails and you don't need a lot of body movement, you'll probably be fine with an external. But because externals are so rigid and inflexible, challenging trails or any kind of off-trail pursuit can become painful and frustrating. Also know that your balance is far more compromised with an external frame pack during activities like stream crossings and hops through talus fields.
Packs for Shorter Trips
In addition to backpacks designed for overnight trips, rucksacks are great for day-trips, warm-weather one-nighters, single-day ski trips, or fast alpine assaults. Some rucksacks blur the line between backpack and rucksack with integrated internal supports and sophisticated hip belts and shoulder harnesses. Choose a pack in this category based on your intended use. Short day hikers don't need an internal frame, while climbers and skiers with heavier loads likely do.
Sizes and Capacities
Packs in the 3,000 cubic inches and lower category are good for day hikes or overnighters in warm weather with minimal gear. Packs in the 3,000 to 4,000 cubic inch range are good for one- or two-night trips in colder weather. If you're going to be out for up to three days, look for a pack in the sub-4,000 cubic inch range. Choose a pack with 5,000-6,000 cubic inches for week-long outings. And finally, for trips lasting a week or more, you'll need something in the 6,000-plus cubic inch category. Keep in mind, though, that bigger packs weigh more, and since every ounce counts, you'll want to choose a pack that offers just enough space for your outings and no more.
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Top Customer Reviews
But everything else seems to be the same. I like the pack for it's lightness (it's the lightest frame pack of this size I could find) and its design. The hip belt and shoulder straps are very comfortable and they keep the load close to your body, so it rides very well. It has several nice details and compartments that allow plenty of options for load distribution but it isn't overrun with bells and whistles, such as extra straps and buckles that don't seem to be needed, as I've seen on several packs. It's hardly minimalist, but it has what you need and not much more. I've had several packs over the years, both internal and external framed, all from well-known brands (Kelty, Lowe, etc.) but this one is the best I've had by far. My most recent use was on a 12 day trip through the Adirondacks and the Osprey came through with flying colors.
I next took it for a couple of nights backpacking. It fits 30-40 lbs of gear very well. Once again, the thing I noticed was how well the pockets are designed and the attention to detail. The compression straps work great, it is easy to attach trekking poles or ice axes, and those attachments work for other things like drying socks. The back "shovel" pocket works for a snow shovel but also is just the right size for wet tarps, ground clothes, and bear lines.
My Aether 75 sold me on Osprey a few years ago but with the Atmos 65 I am a TRUE BELIEVER!
Pack rides comfortably
Your back can breathe
Plenty of storage for a few days of roughing it
Plenty of pockets
Lots of little features that add up in a big way
The belt pockets are just little to small (barely).
The buckles, all of them, feel insubstantial
Detailed Review (Kind of):
I'm not going to be able to give testimonials to match those with hundreds of miles per year, but even for my limited hiking use, this pack was amazing. I did a an 16 mile weekend hiking/camping trip; 8 miles out, camp, and 8 miles back. I was looking to test the pack, and get some exercise so I loaded down the pack with 50lbs of redundant gear, water, and some things I actually needed.
To the pack's credit my legs were the only part of me that was soar at the end of the first day. The pack's support feels secure. It does not shift and the mesh backing maintains contact with all of your back the entire time, even when leaping about.
There is not a lot of vertical adjustment that can be done with the pack, so make sure you're in the size range before purchasing the pack. The adjustment options that are available were sufficient for me, nothing spectacular, but nothing awful.
The mesh touching your back breathes. I sweat a lot (pleasant I know), but I finished this hike with an almost dry back. I loved it. Even the belt and shoulder straps are a mesh fabric with foam padding that has holes for letting your body breath where there is contact.
The main pouch of the pack has access from the top (I know that is obvious) and a large access panel at the bottom to access a sleeping system compartment. It is 65 liters, has a camel back pouch, and a divider for a sleeping system compartment. This divider can be removed if you do not need it. The main pouch is tall enough to fit my single man tent into the pack. Oh yeah, there is a point of both sides of the pack to run a camel-bak hose.
The two zip able front pockets are larger than you would expect, I could fit a good bit of spare clothes in one of the pockets.
The front center shovel pouch easily fit my military e-tool (collapsing shovel) in its case along with a good bit of 550 cord (paracord). Even with that there was still a good bit of room left over. The pouch buckles shut with a single buckle in the top center of the pocket, instead of zipping. The buckle can be tightened down.
The belt pockets are big, but there is some kind of support built into the pockets to help keep the pockets from sagging down and becoming difficult to open. Unfortunately this support is pulled in close to the belt when the pack is worn. This pulls in the pocket and makes it hard to put anything into, or to pull anything out of the pockets.
Top of the pack has a lot of storage, and a mesh pocket on the inside.
The tool attachment points work perfectly, quickly, and easily.
Every zipper has a hard plastic loop attached to string attached to the zipper. These work fantastically. I did not expect this aspect of the pack to be one of my favorites, but it is. This feature makes it ridiculously easy to get into pockets.
The bottom compression straps on the side can be rerun inside the side drink pocket so the pack can be compressed without preventing a drink from being stored in the pocket.
Did not utilize the trekking poles attachment points, but they are sturdy, and if they work as well as the tool attachment points they will be working fantastically.
Attachment straps at the bottom front of the pack for attaching a sleeping mat. This is not necessarily necessary, but when I utilized this to hold a mat, the pack stood up without having to be propped up.