User Review: Osprey Atmos 65
Size: 4200 ci
Number of Pockets: Twin side pockets, side access to main compartment.
Max. Load Carried: 33 lbs
Height of Owner: 6' 1"
Price Paid: $199
Let me start by saying that until recently I had not packed for 25 years. I only have experience with two of the modern packs. I started off with the Lassen pack for my first two trips. I opted to go for something lighter for this trip due to knee surgery and back problems, and maybe age :-). The Atmos looked like it fit the bill well.
Received the pack last week and was very pleased with the construction and weight of it. I ended up with a 33 lb load with my new pack. Our trip consisted of a 1700ft ascend in just 2 miles, and a return decent of 1700 ft in just 1.75 miles. There was no trail, many very technical areas, several creek crossings/rock hoping and beating brush some of the way. We were int he Trinity Alps towards the end of July, it was hot.
I am 6'1" 255lbs and could not have asked for a more comfortable pack. The pack adjusted great and road very well. I think this pack will serve me well for quite some time. The only thing I would like to see changed is the water bottle holders. They are a bit of a bear to get bottles in and out of but the pack is designed for for a hydration bag anyway. Perhaps they will loosen up with some usage? The webbing of the pack keeps a nice airspace and does take up room in the pack but it was a "GREAT" feature for hiking in the heat.
Overview; I am very pleased with my new pack and would buy it again.
Pros: great construction, light weight, very comfortable, great ventilation by having the airspace between your back and the pack.
Cons: side water bottle pockets might be a little tougher to use than other packs? Pack is set up for a hydration back.