Osprey Packs Exos 58 Backpack, Basalt Black, Large
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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, EVA foam padded harness combines breathability and performance with seamless layered mesh
- The ExoForm sewn-in hipbelt features seamless layered mesh covered foam providing exceptional comfort
- A removable floating top pocket with an internal key clip and under-lid zippered mesh pocket provides organization
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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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80% of my gear was wringing wet after being caught in a very heavy alpine storm.
The airflow back is great though and really helps to keep body temperature lower.
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The pack itself is super simple, one main compartment, two mesh pockets on the sides, a external top pocket with two compartments, and compression straps all around. In addition it has a tool strap, Osprey's Stow-on-the-go system for trekking poles, and straps on the bottom for a sleeping pad. The straps for the sleeping pad were actually too short for my sleeping pad, so I emailed Osprey asking if they had some aftermarket ones I could purchase. Instead they sent me replacement straps, free of charge without me asking for it. Definitely a company that stands by its products. The suspension system is also comfortable, up to a point. This pack is designed for <30lb loads and is most comfortable at 25lbs or below. Any heavier than that and its going to be pretty uncomfortable.
- Build Quality is excellent
- Super Lightweight
- Contrasting Inner colors for easy visibility into the pack
- Mesh back allows ventilation so your back doesn't get as sweaty
- Osprey's Almighty Guarantee
- Gret internal and External Compression System
- Hydration bladder hook and compartment
- Pack becomes uncomfortable with loads >25lbs
- Amazon's processing of the pack can lead to damaged frame
- Lack of organization (this is just me being nitpicky, this pack never claims to have lots of pockets)
- Hydration bladder compartment is not separate from rest of pack, so if it bursts it can soak your things
All in all this is an epic pack, and Osprey as a company is about as good as it gets. If you have a lightweight setup I would say go with this pack, no reason not to. If you're above 25-30lbs or planning on an adventure thats going to last more than 2-3 days, I would say look for something in Osprey's lineup a little bigger/with better suspension like the Aether 70 or packs like that.
This pack rides well and carries a lot of gear with room to spare (so we didn't need to try out the bottom sleeping pad strap). We found the shoulder straps to be extremely comfortable. The front (padded) part of the waist belt was also comfortable and we didn't end up with bruised shoulders/hips. It is very light weight and the load is adjustable, which makes it great for long hauls.
However, a major design flaw makes it uncomfortable for people with any shape. We found it to be very uncomfortable along the lower back of the hipbelt area where the pack frame extends down below the hipbelt and digs into one's lower back/upper glutes. There really needs to be some kind of extra padding there to prevent the frame from sitting on one's lower back/glutes. A properly adjusted pack should ride on one's hip bones, which means that this pack is going to cause problems for a person with a defined waist (aka., most women) or muscularly developed glutes because the frame will be digging in no matter how much or little weight there is. For some, this causes leg pain and somewhat cuts off circulation to the legs. It's a shame that Osprey overlooked this important detail, especially since all of our other Osprey packs fit great and don't have this problem.
Because the rest of the pack is so nice, it's very light weight, and we got it for a great price, we decided to keep it, but will be adding extra padding to the hipbelt and pack frame to prevent the frame from digging in and causing leg problems.
- light weight
- sturdy frame
- size (can pack a lot)
- adjustability of the load
- uncomfortable along the back of the hipbelt where the pack frame extends down below the hipbelt part of the pack
- overly tiny hipbelt pockets - couldn't fit much of anything in there and they're hard to open/close while hiking
- side pocket shape/size/material (flimsy and hard to get to once the load is cinched down)
The light weight coupled with a sturdy frame makes it worth overlooking the negatives of this pack, but the price is a bit too steep for its major design flaw since it requires some tweaking of the hipbelt to make it a 5-star pack like one would expect from Osprey.
I was supposed to go on a 23 mile hike with a friend, and I knew there was no way I could finish that distance with my existing equipment. I bought the Osprey because I know a lot of AT and PCT hikers use it. I was very pleasantly surprised. This pack is lighter than any of the usual cheaper options, and it is very comfortable. The shoulder straps don't pull if the pack is adjusted properly. And the suspension that makes sure there is always air space between your back and the pack makes it way more comfortable in hot weather.
I am sure there are other packs that are as good as better. But I'm a huge fan of my Osprey after my last trip.