User Review: Osprey Atmos 65
Max. Load Carried: Approx 20 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'7"
I bought this pack for winter hikes in the Adirondacks, and I love it. Weight distribution is unbelievable, like you're not even carrying a load- just make sure you buy the right size. I got mine at EMS, usually there is someone there with some knowledge of how the pack should fit.
The whole mesh deal on the back panel is not perfect- on a winter hike my back still gets pretty hot. But it is way better than my old daypack. I can usually avoid sweating now.
There are convenient ice axe loops, enough room inside the pack to stash crampons, and plenty of loops on the outside to conveniently strap your snow shoes to the pack.
The only thing I hate is that the top of the pack sits too close to my head. I seem to hit my head on it all the time. But that's annoying at worse, and definitely not enough of a reason to not buy this pack.
I've not used this pack for lightweight backpacking (nor do I plan to because I'm not into that), but I will say that for just an all around great winter pack, this is it.