User Review: Osprey Argon 85
Price Paid: € 279
I've had my Argon 85 for almost three years now. I've made multiple 2-3 week trips with it and its performance is just unbelievable. Comparing to my old packs the Argon is more comfortable, more reliable and much more functional than any of my previous packs.
I used loads between 24-30 kilograms (52-66 pounds) and my usual pace was around 20 kilometres per day (12 miles). The terrain ranges from gently rolling hills to arctic tundra and the occasional steep hill. At first I was a little surprised by the flexing of the support structure, but I started to like it very early on.
I had the pack custom molded at the store. If nothing more, the molding makes it easier to carry the pack with the waist strap open since the straps will otherwise point to the sides. The pack needs very little adjusting after the initial adjustment. During the walk it's very easy to adjust the straps and take the weight off your waist or shoulders.
The compartments are spacious and I like to pack everything inside. The curved shape makes it difficult to pack very long and bulky items, but I did manage to fit a five gallon bucket into the top compartment once (don't ask me why...)
I love the fact how you can buy add-ons to the Osprey packs. One thing I missed about the Argon was a pocket or pouch for small items in the waist belt. That was easily fixed with one of the add-ons.
Overall the Argon 85 is probably one of the best if not the best large backpack out there at the moment, but any potential buyers would obviously try it on before buying.