Osprey Packs Exos 48 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.
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To be honest, the frame design is probably the biggest reason I bought this bag over anything else. Yup, I did plenty of research and looked at virtually all other options from both big name manufacturers, and down to the cottage manufacturers. The Exos is not the lightest, nor the cheapest, but fits the bill for my needs. Most any other ultralight bags lack any sort of frame. Instead, they either forego a frame and expect you to use a sleeping pad to reinforce the structure, or use a janky looking hand pump to fill an air frame - not my thing. What happens if you catch your airline on a tree branch? Some say "the chances of that happening are so small," but I'd rather eliminate that chance. I want something I don't have to mess with, feels damn near the same every time I put it on my back, and a has enough stoutness that it can handle a bit more weight if I need it to. I've been backpacking for years, but as a beginning ultralight'r, this is the perfect transition bag for me.
Another great thing about this pack vs dufflebag style frameless packs is I don't need to use any padding between my pack and back. This offers me a lot more options for sleep pads and sleep systems. The fact that I don't need any extra padding more than makes up for the extra weight of the pack. Also it's nice knowing that I am not sweating through the material of my pack because it doesn't ride directly against my back, and the mesh helps your back breathe better.
I can easily fit all my gear, food, and water for 6-7 days in this pack. Anything over 6-7 days would require a resupply. For weekend backpackers, day hikers and car campers I could see where this pack could be sufficient. However if you aren't a minimalist this pack isn't going to be big enough to get you through a week. I encourage people to consider buying a smaller pack challenge yourself to limiting what you can fit in this pack. Really experience nature, leave all the technology, and comforts behind. Before you pack it ask yourself am I really going to use this or is this just my Boy Scouts instinct saying just in case "Always be prepared." Trust me you'll love backpacking with 14-25 lbs of gear on your back and cover more ground rather than trudging through the miles hating life.
I love this pack but there are some things about it I find to be minor annoyances rather than issues. I like to wear light weight moisture wicking tank tops when I backpack in warmer seasons. The padding on the shoulder straps in very thick, but the outer layer is also very rough to the touch and on the skin. It will rub you raw when your bare skin is exposed to it. I'm really not a fan of the stretchy netting material used for the hip belt pockets. Personally I'd rather have fully enclosed waterproof pockets. It seems to be the trend now with a lot of minimalist packs to actually omit the pockets, It's nice that this pack has them at least. Anyways it's nothing zip lock bags can't fix.
I like and hate the belt buckle adjustment on this pack. You can easily configure the length of the belt to your wast, but like a lot of packs there is some extra material that hangs or can be tucked in to the belt but eventually just pops back out. Maybe I haven't figured out how to get the treking pole straps and ice axe loops work correctly but it seems like more of a pain to pack them on this pack then any of my others. I do like the under arm trekking pole loop carry though.
I guess the most aggravating thing about this pack is if you have belongings in it it will not sit up straight without toppling over. this is because of the stays. So while going through my pack I have to brace it against something or try to hold it upright with one hand while digging through it with another.
This pack has a ton of storage space, I like how the mesh netting material on the outside of the pack can be clipped more secure then most packs which just hang open. There are a ton of straps that help keep your pack compressed and the weight distributed correctly.
Over all I'm happy with my purchase. This was money well spent. I like the look of the bag ( I bought the green and black one), the features without the weight, and the comfort of wearing it. I've spent the same amount of money or more and bought packs that couldn't hold a candle to this one.
*UPDATE* 10/28/17 I just hit 2 years with this pack. It's still my go to for backpacking, and to date I have never used a pack cover in the rain with this pack. I use a zpacks cubein fiber 50L pack liner on the inside and never had any issues with my belongings getting wet. The outer mesh netting has a small hole from a tree limb puncture, however it has not compromised the integrity of my pack's ability to store belongings. I still love this pack as much as the week I first used it. If I ever need another pack I'm buying this one again!
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