Osprey Packs Exos 38 Backpack
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- An internal sewn-in backpanel sleeve with clip attachment accommodates up to 3 liters of hydration
- The Exos peripheral frame is a 6065 aluminum alloy with an internal suspended cross strut providing excellent load carrying support.
- The ExoForm sewn-in hipbelt features seamless layered mesh covered foam providing exceptional comfort, cushioning and load transfer.
- A removable floating top pocket with an internal key clip and under-lid zippered mesh pocket provides organization.
- Multiple cord tie-off points for the quick attachment of additional gear are located on both sides of the front panel on each Exos pack.
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Since its introduction in 2008, the Exos Series has become a standard on the Appalachian Trail and with ultralight enthusiasts not willing to sacrifice comfort. Our AirSpeed suspension, torso-specific sizing and ergonomic design all contribute to bridge the gap between comfort, fit and light weight. The Spring 2014 redesign benefits from Osprey's never-ending search for the latest technology in materials and hardware as well as innovative design. The comfort and support of the harness and hip belt are drastically improved. Updated materials and hardware provide a lighter weight pack and the lid, key straps and attachment points are all removable.
Top Customer Reviews
Here are my observations:
This pack is extremely light. Ok, maybe like the old model its still not up to UL purists standards but I believe one would be hard pressed to match the load capactiy and overall comfort this pack offers. It has a lot more features and comfort bulit-in from the old model and still manages to weigh less.
There are significant improvements with the top lid/pouch. Often times I find I just don't need the top lid/pouch and I remove it to save weight and streamline my pack, this is a nice feature and carry-over from the old model. But, I believe the top lid is now easier to detach and reattach from the old model. This alone is a great feature of these packs. My favorite new feature of the lid design though is that the new model incorporates a sewn in flap with the Osprey logo so that if you do remove the top lid, you still have a functional flap that uses the same fasteners to cover the top of your pack. Way to go Osprey on this one.
The pouches on the hip belt are roomy and no longer mesh. I do not like the fact that the mesh on my old model allows dirt and debris into those pockets, this issue has now been addressed.
The expanding mesh pockets on the sides of the pack have been addressed as well. The mesh is now a finer weave less prone to snagging and ripping and also I feel more easily expandable. Those mesh side pockets on the old model are practically useless with a full pack. One may force a Nalgene bottle in there, but with a full pack and a tight fit there is no way you will get the bottle out while wearing your pack. Also, every time you force a bottle or something in there there is a good chance you will tear the mesh. The new mesh is much improved. Still not an easy task to get a bottle in and out of there but much, much, better.
The new padding incorporated in the the shoulder straps and hip belt is oh so cushy. I can't believe how comfortable the suspension is on this pack. My old 46L is super comfortable too up to about 26-27lbs for me, but this new padding blows away the old model and still somehow manages to be lighter in construction. I can load this pack if I want to the gills, but the straps still won't dig into my shoulders or hips like the old model will start to do under heavy (for the pack) loads. I don't overload my packs for actual treks, but on occasion for training hikes will do so to test me and the pack.
Like the old model, lots of straps and attachment points for various equipment. Weight savers will want to remove these but the little bit of extra weight on an already light and comfortable platform does not bother me and I tend to use these lashing straps.
Now for a minor complaint. The pouches sewn into the shoulder straps are not easy for me to access while wearing the pack and of course they are also small. Think carefully about uses for these pouches as I feel one is pretty limited in what you can put in there. My suggestions would be small travel size bottles of sunscreen or insect repellent and lip balm.
There is no D-ring for routing of the hydration tube on the shoulder strap. The loop sewn into the strap is really tight for this so do yourself a favor and get the magnetic clip that attaches to your drinking tube. Great invention and totally worth it if you regularly use a hydration sleeve with your pack. Source Tactical Gear Magnetic Tube Clip (Black)
Final thought: I bought this pack for the warm months where my Exos 46L is too much pack for what I do. For my summertime treks the new Exos 38 is the answer. I can't believe the comfort of this pack given it's weight. Even fully loaded it's like it's not even there. For me Osprey packs just fit. I realize this is not the case for everyone but it's like my Exos 38 and 46 were custom made for me. It's also hard to beat the "Almighty Guarantee," but I have not had reason to use it yet. If you are in the market for a pack specifically for summertime weekend long 2-3 day backpacking treks then give this pack a hard look. For two days in most cases I can go without the top lid/pouch and three days treks are a breeze with the lid added.