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      • Lightweight suspension consists of a removable HDPE framesheet with aluminum tubing framesheet
      • Fixed Stretch comfort shoulder harness provides superb carry with rolled seams for added comfort; rescue whistle is incorporated into sternum-strap buckle
      • 3-D contoured EVA hipbelt is removable and stowable; to stow while climbing, tuck hipbelt out of the way by threading webbing and buckles through tool holster slot
      • Thermoformed, contoured back panel provides carrying comfort and snow shedding capabilities
      • Dual, adjustable tool bungee Y-clips stow ice tool shafts quickly, with corresponding holsters securely attaching ice tool head, including leashless ice tools
      • Removable top pocket has a zippered pocket underneath and an extendable spindrift collar to keep snow out of the pack; collar can be rolled up
      • Front pocket stores often-used essentials and is protected from the elements with a water-resistant zipper
      • Reinforced front crampon shield compression pocket provides secure storage and easy access
      • Pack includes protection pockets for easy storage and quick access to wands, probes and pickets
      • 3-point haul system, consisting of grab handle and 2 reinforced loops located at the top of pack, facilitate big wall hauling
      • Internal sleeve and drink tube exit port accommodate a 3-liter reservoir (sold separately) for hydration on the go
      • Side compression straps cnch down loads for jostle-free carrying; dual ski carry loops


      Osprey Variant 52 Pack

      Specification Description
      Best use Climbing, Mountaineering, Rock climbing
      Frame type Internal
      Gear capacity (L) 49 / 52 / 55 liters
      Gear capacity (cu. in.) 2,990 / 3,173 / 3,356 cubic inches
      Weight 3 lbs. 8 oz. / 3 lbs. 10 oz. / 3 lbs. 13 oz.
      Adjustable torso No
      Fits torso 16 - 19 / 18 - 21 / 20 - 23 inches
      Fits waist/hips 27 - 31 / 30 - 34 / 33 - 37 inches
      Material(s) Nylon
      Frame material HDPE/aluminum
      Number of stays 0
      Suspended mesh back panel No
      Pack loading Top
      Pack access Top
      Number of exterior pockets 5 + main compartment
      Sleeping bag compartment No
      Raincover included No
      Gender Unisex

      Osprey Variant 52 Pack

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      Rated 3out of5
      by fromGreat pack but... I bought this pack 2 months ago to replace my climbing pack. When I was buying the pack I had concerns about the durability of the buckles. Sure enough early on my third use of the pack (a climb of Mt Hood North Face) the waist bucket broke. Meaning I had to hike and climb with the entire weight of the pack on shoulders - no fun, my shoulders and back was hurting by the end of the trip. I would recommend carry a spare or replace the waist buck right away (regular 1.5” side release buckle would do). Also on the same trip, maybe because I was trying to adjust the shoulder straps for bearing the full load, the sternum strap popped off the shoulder straps. Nothing, broke so it was an easy fix, but another annoying event with the pack. Another point of discomfort on my first use of the pack an ice climb of Chair Peak, I notice the unless you pack big solid items at the very bottom (i.e. sleeping bag, tent etc.) the bottom will sag on feel uncomfortable on the rump. Since I do not always climb with such items (like a day trip at Smith Rock) that option is not always a solution, so I cut and form some blue foam to fit the bottom of the pack and now if I load rock hardware into the bottom of the pack it holds its form and there are not uncomfortable budges. I have not had an opportunity to see if the spindrift collar works or not. However my first thought when I figured out how to use it (instructions are not that clear) was “they had an engineer with too much time on his hands”. I would have rather have seen more durable buckets. The other features of the pack are excellent. And if it were not for the poor durability of the bucket and despite the bottom collapsing under irregular loads I would whole heartily recommend the pack.
      Date published: 2014-05-11
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromVersatile Pack I bought this pack after a buddy of mine bought the same one a couple of weeks before. I was looking for a 50+ liter pack since my osprey stratos 36 liter was becoming a pain to carry around gear for the weekend backpacking trip. When I was looking for a pack, the REI store had a osprey atmos 50 and the variant 52 for the exact same price so I purchased the variant. Love the dual ice axe clips and slot on the front of the pack. This pack a little more comfortable than my stratos since it has a foam padded pack support. The top section of the bag can be detached with a couple of straps which is very handy since we used this part as the bear bag we hung in the tree. Haven't used it to it's full potential since it's a winter bag but i'm looking forward to using it this winter.
      Date published: 2013-06-26
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromGreat so far Bought this pack to carry all my Rock Climbing gear for me and my young children. Have used it three times so far this year and so far so good. Loads great and has ample outside gear attachments/loops. I have been able to load a full rack, rope, two harnesses, extra clothes, rain gear, and enough water/food for me and my kids for the day. Pack is constructed well, tough materials, and holds a decent load well, and comfortable. Longest hike has been about 45 minutes up some pretty steep terrain, and it has worked great and felt awesome. Too soon to give it 5 stars but if it holds up and stays comfortable on much longer hikes, then it will get 5. Will update after a 14er or two.
      Date published: 2010-04-10
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromGreat Ski-Mountaineering Pack Great pack. Love the combination of lightness, comfort, and features. If I could I would give it 4.5 stars. Have used it ski-mountaineering, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, scrambling, and backpacking. Works quite well for all. I would like to see some changes for future models, though: I agree that the pro/bottle pockets only fit smaller bottles, which can be annoying; a side zipper for stashing skins would be handy; and it would be nifty if the crampon pocket were removable.
      Date published: 2010-05-28
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromGood so far I tried a couple of other packs before I got to this one. In comparison to it's competing brands in the same pack genera, it's massive. I was amazed at how much gear i could fit into this pack. The Variant is very sturdy and water repellent (to a point). I was unloading my gear from my car and my pack fell into a mud puddle that was about an inch deep. When I recovered my pack I was amazed to see that the water beaded off and my gear inside was still dry. The Variant can probably take light rain without a rain fly and not having the contents getting wet. I am making a few modifications to the pack once I find the parts. I want to add a rope fixing strap that I loved about the Mammut Trion Guide. I also want to figure out a better way to lash my sleeping pad and snowshoes. The side compression straps are just bearily too small to lash my snowshoes to when the pack is full. I am going to sew some small Velcro pieces onto the ends of the straps so I can roll them up and keep them secure when every thing is tightened down. Other than that, this pack is a bottomless pit for gear. It holds winter overnight gear and camera gear comfortably. I would not just recommend this to a friend, I HIGHLY recommend this pack to any one who mountaineers, alpine climbs, ice climbs or backpacks with the intention of making a summit.
      Date published: 2010-11-12
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromGreat Pack!! I bought this pack because I was very pleased with my Other 70L Osprey Pack. I needed a lighter load pack that could carry what I needed for an awesome day of climbing and summit-ting. This is what I got, and I couldn't be more happy! Along side the hydration system of this pack I like to have a bottle of water located on the outside of the pack, mainly because I like to drink that and keep an eye on my consumption. If this pack had a better spot for my Nalgene or klean kanteen, I would absolutely love it, but I have not other complaints.
      Date published: 2011-11-13
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromGreat Pack Its the perfect blend of size, weight and price. I can see this as being my all around go to pack for everything besides light and fast day trips for many years to come. It will compress down to a day pack size and it is light enough, but I have the Stratus 36 for that! I got this as a replacement for the REI Pinnacle 50 and really wish I would have just gotten this to begin with. I'm ultimately hoping to use this on Mt. Rainier.
      Date published: 2013-05-27
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromGreat Gift for a Boonie! The pack is really comfortable and easy to load! I love this gift and can't wait to go out for another adventure with it!
      Date published: 2014-02-11

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