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Rated 5 out of
First-rate lightweight multiday packThis pack is an absolutely excellent option for the lightweight backpacker. In fact, of all the packs I tried (and I tried a lot in various stores before settling for this one), the Volt represents, in my opinion, the best compromize between minimal weight, carrying comfort, and features.
First, the weight. The Volt 60 is in the same weight class as lightweight framed packs such as the Atmos, Flash 62, or Gregory Savant, to name just a few. But whereas those packs struggle to carry 30 pounds (which is about my typical total pack weight for a weeklong trip), the Volt handles that kind of load like a champ. That's because, instead of cutting back on the suspension like most lightweight packs do, Osprey kept an excellent suspension and cut out weight elsewhere (like useless compression straps, extra compartments, extra zippers, etc.). So you end up with a fairly minimalist packbag, with all of the usefull features, and none of the heavy frills. Very nicely done!
The carrying comfort and adjustability are also best-in-class, in my opinion. I was initially skeptical of the adjustable-torso feature and was prepared to pay much more for a size-specific pack, but I was won over after trying it out. You can really dial in the fit on this pack, without any of the sway or unstability you typically get on adjustable-torso packs. The suspension is simply rock-solid! In fact, I don't think I've ever had a pack that fits me this well and carries this comfortably.
Finally, as I mentioned above, Osprey really thought about the features most lightweight backpackers need and want -- and cut out all the extraneous stuff. So you still get really nice features like hipbelt pockets, large stretchy side pockets, a huge front shove-it pocket, and a sleeping-bag compartment. You also get two (removeable) sleeping-pad straps, an external water-bladder reservoir, two short strips of dasy chain, and ice-ax loops. What you don't get is all the extra webbing, fixed pockets, multiple access zippers, included rain covers, etc that drives most lightweight backpackers crazy, and that many of us end up cutting off anyway. You can really tell that the Volt was designed by actual backpackers, as opposed to designers sitting in an office somewhere.
That being said, this pack probably isn't for everyone. It's probably best for backpackers who have already pared their gear list down a bit and are willing to do with a few less features in exchange for light weight. But for those folks looking for a lightweight and comfortable multi-day or weeklong pack, the Volt really deserves a look.
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated 5 out of
Just RightMy last pack had lots of compartments that I really don't need. The fast access panel on the pack is just right. The pack fits and carries 35 lbs well. I have trouble reaching my water bottle on other packs. On this one there is a small front entrance that allows you to put the bottle in head first then sit it upright...hard to explain but the bottom line is that it is easier to reach and stow the bottle with the pack on. The adjustability for torso and waist is great...especially if it is used by more than one person.
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 4 out of
Solid Osprey designI've long purchased Osprey packs because usually they're just better. The Volt 60 is no exception. I've been looking to replace my old Aether 60 for a couple of years. The new Aether 60 is over a POUND heavier than my older version. The Volt seems like a good replacement at nearly the same weight as my Aether.
I like it. It's basic, it's lightweight and it's comfortable. The exterior hydration pocket is relatively easy to access, but it can be hard to slide in the hydration bladder if the pack is tightly packed. I can live with that. The pack is highly adjustable, and is slighly more comfortable than my old Aether, if that's possible. The compression straps are usable, but not quite as effective and the full cross straps on the Aethers. I don't like the back stretchy pocket as much, but I don't hate it either. There's a separate zip bottom sleeping back compartment that I could do without. I still stuff my sleeping bag down from the top anyway. The side pockets are deep and useful for tent poles, fly rods, kites or trekking poles. Speaking of trekking poles, the quick attach feature for trekking poles is simple, yet effective. Kudos to Osprey for putting this feature together.
There are ladder strap attachments on the back, which make it easy to attach a rolled up foam pad vertically on the back. I don't get why pack makers give us straps to attach a pad horizontally across the bottom. Ever tried to hike cross county with a horizontal pad sticking out and grabbing every boulder and tree you try to squeeze by?
The only thing I really don't like about the Volt is the tube framing. My Aether has a Delrin rod frame and it bends out of the way when loading the pack. This is especially helpful for bear canisters. The metal tube frame on the Volt has an inward bend in the tubing at the top of the pack to help the pack clear the back of your head, and while this works, it sometimes makes sliding a bear caniter into the pack tough. Not impossible, but no simple either.
If you need a pack that's comfortable with a hugh range of adjustment (for whatever reason -- I lend mind out to a community group, so I never know who is going to wear it,) comes in just the right size for a 2-5 day trip, is rugged and well designed, I'd recommend the Volt. When it comes time to load the bear can in your pack, learn to take a deep breath and know it may not just slide in there like your previous pack.
Osprey upholds their commitment to design and quality and offers a good pack at a good price that doesn't weigh a ton, yet allows for a comfortable carry of 35 pounds.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 5 out of
Good Solid BackpackI Bought this in order to start backpacking and for a hike on the AT. I have had packs before but none that were by Osprey or another major manufacturer. I am pleased with this purchase and do not regret selecting it after hours of research and reading other reviews. It is hard to decide what size to choose as their are so many choices and prices vary among sizes. With larger packs sometimes being cheaper needed to avoid overbuying or over packing. It is not the lightest pack but it is not the heaviest either. It fits well and the adjustable frame is a plus so you can tailor it to your particular needs. A negative of the adjustable frame is the Velcro backing on my pack after several hours on one day of hiking began to curl up on my back irritating it. Will need to see if this becomes an issue to fix perhaps with a covering of duct tape. Hip belt pockets are too far back on the hip they would be better if they were able to be moved forward more or if they were more forward on the waist. They are not real large but good enough for small items like a gps/camera or snacks/maps. I also would have loved for the straps near the bottom to go under the bottom of the pack and hold some larger items. A long pocket for tent pole storage would also have made this pack even better. I loved the adjustability of the pack even on the trail. it was a pleasure to wear and most of the time was comfortable even after several hours of hiking. It loads well from the top or from the bottom with the zippered access to a sleeping bag compartment. Even loaded it felt balanced on my back, items didn't shift and they felt close to my center of gravity and allowed me to hike without fear of falling backwards even after several hours.
I also used it with a water bladder in the rear compartment. it was a 2 liter bladder and when loaded was a tight fit but did load and the tight fit helped the water come out due to pressure on the bladder.
Could have used a little more hip padding but it was workable it may also be because During my hike my pack weight went from around 25 lbs up to around 47 lbs. The pack performed well under all the above loads and seems to be well made. all zippers and stitching appear good.
Looking forward to my next hike with this bag!
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 4 out of
Ken the Lone Wolf Backpacker from
My First PackOkay, so this is my first backpack that I've ever bought but my goodness I can only think of one or 2 things that could be made better! I love this pack, it's got a lot of pockets, compression straps and compartments to order all of your things to where you need them!
The top of the pack that comes off is an excellent addition and something that I love! I would love it even better if it became somewhat like a fanny/daypack when you take it off though. It's not too easy to get off in a hurry because the straps get caught in the clips sometimes and it becomes a pain. That's nothing to worry about though because if you really want to take it off, it will definitely come off. You can use it or don't but either way, you should probably make that decision before you leave.
I love that this pack has an adjustable waist and torso! It makes it ten times easier to get to the perfect size for you! Get this pack, you won't regret it and you won't be carrying more than you should because it's not too big.