User Review: Osprey Atmos 65
Number of Pockets: 6
Max. Load Carried: 30
Height of Owner: 5 11
Price Paid: $229
I wanted to love this pack but I could not get it to fit. I am 5'11" with a 30" waist. I needed the large for my torso and a small for my hips. I actually bought the medium, got it home, packed it up, and took it back. It hurt to wear for more than ten minutes at 30lbs.
It seems that the pack wants to ride away from the back because of the trampoline like mesh that is stretched between the aluminum suspension. At 30 lbs the pack did not ride solid at all. Consider also that it may have been largely an issue of fit. I actually considered keeping the pack and having Rainy Pass sew on a new belt.
The pack has a HUGE capacity. To get to 30 lbs I put every piece of camping gear I owned plus two gallons of into it and it still had room to hold more. I kid you not- this pack will hold a lot.
Problem is that it can't handle or effectively distribute the weight of a lot of gear. Along with the voluminous main body are really well placed pockets and bottom access. The Atmos 55 would make more sense to me given that the 65 could hold everything and the sink. The 55 would still be plenty large and wouldn't tempt someone to over pack with a pack that has a definite upper limit.
I decided to return the Atmos because no matter what I tried I could not find the sweet spot. And I tried everything. I was told by the outfitter that Osprey packs "don't fit everybody", and in my case they are correct.
Thing is, I still LOVE the design of this pack. I would still consider having one adjusted or altered if I say, found one cheap on eBay or something, just to see if it made a difference. I would do the happy dance if Osprey ever redesigned this pack to mate the pack body with the suspension that they use in the Aether line.
My 3 star rating is because of the fit issue. If this pack fit, I'm pretty sure I would have kept it.