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Rated4out of5byEJMYESfromAT Section Hikeri have completed all but the last 250 mile of the AT. The first 1000 miles of it I did with a Kelly Supper Tioga which i loved with all my heart and sole. When adjusted packed and adjusted that pack just beautifully placed the weight on my hip..... but after the beating I have given that pack over the years I had to get a new one. after doing allot of research and conversations with other hikers i decided to go with Osprey and and this pack in particular do to its low weight. while i will admit it does not hold weight like my Kelly, 45 is about the max this pack can handle semi comfortably, at 35 is sits really nice. I have used this pack for about 1300 miles of packing and am still quite happy with it, even tho like the Kelly it has started to fall apart. Luckily the biggest reason to by a Osprey is there customer service. there are in the process of mailing me a new one, AKA buy one of there packs because you will never need to buy another pack ever again.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated4out of5byMaster of the casual pacefromNice pack with a few quirksI bought this pack for a hike in the Tetons in August of 2013. I tried several others from REI
(thanks for your patience and help guys) and this one fit me the best. The suspended mesh back panel feels like my old external frame pack that conforms to my back with no gouging ,excellent ventilation, and about half the weight. The side pockets are hard for me to get a water bottle back in with the pack on. I ended up using a platypus with a hose kit which worked out well. The hip belt pockets are really tiny and that was my biggest complaint about this pack. Don't expect to get much in them. I like the way the bottom of this pack fits around my hips. It has a nice firm but well padded feel to it that stays put when I cinch it down and doesn't slide down like some of the other packs I tried. The trade off for that is deep corners on either side of the sleeping bag compartment that can end up being wasted space. I use a down quilt placed in a tyvek bag and just let it expand to fill the corners in. At 65 liters this pack held my gear just fine including my bear canister. The mesh pocket on the front held my tarp and kept it away from everything else inside. Everything in life is a tradeoff and this pack met my needs for comfort and light weight. Some tie off loops on the top lid would have been nice to string some bungee cord through to stash small items under. I've not found the perfect pack yet and none of my nit picks are deal breakers for me. My pack weight was about 28 pounds with 1 liter of water and I'm happy with the way this pack performed at that weight. I'm 5'8", 175 pounds and the medium fit me best. Torso measurement was 18.5"
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated5out of5byDepotfromMy Perfect PackI finally upgraded my pack from my traditional military style bulk to Osprey's lightweight style. My first trip was a simple 9 mile out and back and much to my partners dismay, I felt like I was running down the path. She was irritated cause I was moving like a 20 year old after an espresso, yet I was excited because of the same. My minimalist tent fits easily in the exterior pocket, and being able to access my sleeping bag compartment for quick evening bivy camps are essential. I choose this bag for the suspended mesh, as I seem to only sweat where my bag contacts skin. With this bag, I feel like I can go further more comfortably. I am looking forward to upgrading my expedition pack to the Osprey 105.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated4out of5byoldrangerfromslight disappointmentBeen backpacking for over 50 years and in the twilight of my "career" I have been focusing on 2 opposed goals--reducing weight and increasing comfort. for several years I have used an Exos 58 but terribly overloading it on 2 week plus trips (lots of food plus fishing gear etc.) Liking the suspension of the Exos 58 the Atmos 65 was the logical upgrade for the longer trips despite the additional weight. It is more comfortable but it lacks two features of the Exos 58 that I really like (which not incidentally added to the weight I could pack): 1. the 4 accessory loops on top of the lid which are suitable for securing a sleeping pad or ultralight tent. 2. Ample space in the side pockets for water bottles, fishing rod cases etc. The side pockets in the Atmos 65 are useless except for sliding in a map when the pack is full. So my recommendation is with some caveats.
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated5out of5byAnthonyStrayfromExtremely happy with this packTo put things in persepctive I am 5'9" 150lb. I bought a small gregory that was too small and a medium that was too large. I really liked the pack and rei outlet price but neither fit prooperly. and the didnt have a smedium. So the wonderful staff at REI recomended this pack since it is adjustable. and unfortunatly not on clearance.
I have used this several times mostly day hikes and one backpacking trip so far. Day hikes 25lb-30lbs backpacking trip 20lbs only half a liter of water.
I had no problems with the pack. It is extremely comfortable and I didnt have any preasure points. I did notice several small scratches on my shoulder blades not sure what caused them. The pack may need a little extra padding.
There are many pockets for organization and accessability to import gear. I did realize the water bottle pockets are difficult to access while wearing the pack and nearly impossible to put the bottle back without taking it off or having a companion put it back for you. I would have liked the water bottle pockets to be on top of the pack like external frams. I also feel like the straps are too long and you could save ounces by cuting straps and removing unneccasary attachments(Which I have NOT done yet).
I am glad I bought this pack and not any other.
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated5out of5bywobblesfromThe Perfect PackBought this at an REI in the Chicago suburbs in March 2013. I have had no problems with it, it is everything I could have wanted out of a serious pack. I plan on taking this with me to Iceland and maybe the Grand Canyon in 2014.
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated5out of5byFreeridesubyfromBest Pack I've Ever OwnedI've used this on several 3-4 day trips now. I can't say enough about the tech in the back area of this pack. I loved the airspeed so much I bought an "Osprey" smaller daypack with the same tech. I'm 6ft tall and just under 180lbs. I am reviewing the medium size pack.
Back stays much dryer along the way from my old pack. It holds all my gear and as much weight as I can carry. Very adjustable for getting comfortable along those long distance multi day hikes.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated5out of5byCodeInvictusfromFANTASTIC backpackThis was one of the best possible additions during my recent Appalachian Trail thru hike. I liked the various compartments, padding, and fit of the backpack. It held up to punishing conditions and worked wonderfully. It took five months before it started showing wear and tear, and even then, it was very minimal (a few tiny holes in the front hip pockets). The size was perfect for me and kept me from overpacking. There are lighter packs out there, but this pack worked perfectly for me, and I would HIGHLY recommend this to other long-distance hikers.
Date published: 2013-11-12
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