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by El LobofromReturnedI had to return this pack. In the store it felt great. When I took it home and loaded it with my own gear my back was hurting after about 5 min walking around. I tried it again the next day with the same result. I felt like the metal frame around the mesh was digging into me. I ended up getting an Arcteryx pack instead.
Date published: 2012-06-03
Rated 2out of5
by FlyinRyanfromDug into my hipsI don't think I overloaded it. I really tried to pair down and I still had a problem with the pack diging into my hips and back. I decided to return it after a 4 day backpacking trip.
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 3out of5
by AschfromNice pack for under 30lbsI bought the 2010 version of the Atmos looking to go more minimalist for a 5 day hike in the Grand Canyon. I liked that this pack was considerably lighter than my REI Mars 85. (I didn't need the 85 since I had upgraded all my other major gear.)
I was very impressed by this pack's efficient loading capacity. The small mesh pocket as well as the two large zipper pockets are extremely helpful features. Additionally, the Large Atmos fit in the overhead compartment when flying! I was able to fit quite a bit in this pack for 5 days without bursting at the seams. My major complaint about this pack is that it CANNOT take weight! Anything over 35lbs (maybe 32lbs) and you risk a very uncomfortable pack. (Granted, Osprey reps will admit to this as well.) I really wanted this pack to work, but in the end I had to return it. I think for a PURE minimalist or a two-three day trip this may work. the current Atmos has slightly more padding but the same frame so I doubt that this will help much. I'm looking at the Gregory Baltoro 65 to replace it.
Date published: 2012-03-23
Rated 3out of5
by Eric IfromDidn't Work for MeThis pack has a lot of great features. I like the 2 large zippered front pockets and the stretchy pocket, as they are very good for organizing your gear. The top has 2 zippered compartments. I didn't use this pack in hot weather, so I cannot speak to how good the Airspeed back panel is. I really liked the earthy orange color the pack came in as well.
Many people have complained about the small hipbelt pockets, as well as the stretchy side pockets on the side of the pack. Sure enough, they aren't great. I could barely fit a 1L water bottle in the side pocket, and could not fit a phone or camera in the hipbelt pockets.
I tried on several packs at the store, and chose this pack because it fit the best. Or seemed to. Once I received mine (ordered off the website), I adjusted it to the torso length I tried at the store and loaded it up with my gear. The load lifter straps, which I wasn't paying much attention to while at the store, were flat, not at the textbook 45 degree angle. I also noticed that the pack seemed to tilt backwards at the top, placing pressure on my shoulders. I tried various torso length adjustments and could not correct this problem.
I decided to take it out for a test run (6 mile day hike) and felt the straps pulling back on my shoulders. Most of the load (a mere 20 pounds) was riding on my hips. However, my shoulders were feeling the strain of keeping the pack from tipping backwards. It wasn't terribly painful, but I wondered what it would feel like after several days of hiking.
I decided to try on some other packs at REI and found that the Osprey Aether 60 really transferred all of the weight to my hips and eliminated the problem with the shoulders. Now, I've read numerous reviews of the Atmos online, and only a few people reported the same issue as me. My guess is that for 95% of people out there, this pack is a tremendously comfortable piece of equipment. I, however, am not one of them. I would advise anyone considering this pack to try it on and beware of a sensation of the top of the pack pulling backwards on your shoulders. If it feels good, go for it.
It's hard for me to recommend this backpack since I didn't have the chance to really use it much. I don't want to "not recommend" it either, since I think it will fit most people better than me.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 4out of5
by duc1100fromVery Low Weight LimitI picked this pack up to replace a 30yr old North Face backpack that worked great but was covering everything in orange dust from the break down of the water resistant coating. What I didn't realize is how ultra-light backpacking has gotten. After putting about 30 miles of the pack loaded to about 40+ lbs and never being happy with the shoulder loading and balance, I took it back to determine if the fit was off. The salesperson was very helpful and immediately pointed out that the fit was spot on but the pack limit is closer to 30 lbs. I upgraded to a heavier pack and have been very happy with the loading and balance.
Even overloaded I was very happy with the Atmos waist belt system. I suspect for the right situation this pack would be a great choice but I find the extra weight of a pack with a higher weight load a good trade off if the need arises to carry extra equipment or food/water.
If the weight limit won't be an issue, this pack has all the bells and whistles so it is worth considering.
If you are in my situation with old school heavy gear or want to be able to comfortably carry a bit more than a soloist light gear either because of conditions or companions, the extra couple pounds of a larger pack may be a better choice.
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 4out of5
by scowlfromSome minor problemsI think everyone covered the pros and cons of the pack very well. I had one more problem. The sternum strap won't adjust low enough for my tall thin body. When I loosen the straps to put more weight on my hips, the pack leans back and the sternum strap even in its lowest position starts to scrape on my collar bones. Loosen them even more and it starts to strangle me. You can see in the photo that the strap doesn't slide very far down the padded shoulder straps.
I bought nylon straps and attached an extra sternum strap at the very bottom of the padded shoulder straps with screw rivets. This is exactly where I needed it.
Putting a tent in the large elastic back pocket worked and held onto the tent, but it looked like it wanted to fall out at any time. The solution was, yes, attach a four foot nylon strap around the top of the pack to hold onto the top of the tent. Now the pack can hold onto any tall bag in the back pocket.
Making two modifications to the pack should tell you how comfortable I've found it. The mesh back and the giant Velcro adjustment (have REI fit this for you) has made it feel unlike any other pack I've worn. Adding two straps only cost a few bucks.
One other small thing. The bungee cord (seen on the left of the back) is tricky for long ice axes. You want to fold the business end of the ax through the bottom loop but the cord won't stretch over the end of the handle. Since the bungee cord is held in by Velcro, you need to pull it out, wrap it around the handle, and stuff it back in. This is only a problem with long ice axes.
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 4out of5
by EJMYESfromAT 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
Rated 4out of5
by mustng67fromFirst backpack for europe travelingI bought this backpack for a 7 day trip to France. Mostly packed it with clothes. We had one other backpack carrying (computer, phones, maps etc.) I had about 30lbs loaded throughout our trip and it was a comfortable weight as long as you adjust the straps correctly. I did have to tuck/tie the front straps that snap around your hips because they had about a foot and half leftover length once snapped in. I'm happy I had the backpack rather than pulling along a suitcase. I was able to bring the bag on the plane from Dulles International to Charles De Gaulle but on the way back they said it was too big.
Date published: 2012-02-29
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