User Review: Osprey Atmos 65
Max. Load Carried: 32lbs
Height of Owner: 5"10" 172lbs
Price Paid: $229
The Atmos 65 is designed for about a 30lb load IMO. I own several packs: Aether 70, Atmos 65, Gregory Boltero 70, Granite Gear Meridian Vapor etc. This spring/summer I have walked about 275 miles so far, partial JMT-PCT and San Rafael Wilderness 70 miles.
My newest purchase, Atmos 65, works very well up to 30 lbs more or less. The placement of the pack and hip belt on the small of your back is crucial in achieving the correct fit, I hear many complaints about 30+lbs and sore back. The hip belt emerges out of the back of the pack with seemingly little distance width wise for your back.
Although, I believe "they" have figured it out and the configuration is great. The pack placed too low and one experiences two points of pressure on the pelvis which is formed in the posterior dorsal (back) by the sacrum and the coccyx
(the caudal part of the axial skeleton), and laterally and anteriorly by a pair of hip bones.
If the pack is placed just above this and snugged down on the small of the back not the center back portion of the bone plate and than the shoulder and sternum straps are adjusted thoughtfully, an excellent fit can be had. Simply put, nudge the pack upward on your back fully loaded before snugging down on the hip belt of course.
I have just walked 2,600 vertical feet 4.5 miles and 5 miles back down 9.5 miles total with a 30 lb. load. This is my third walk in 4 days testing and adjusting to the new pack.
The pack works. In my opinion if you are carrying a 35-45 lb load the Aether or Gregory Boltero pack or similar is better suited. I am in the process of refining my loads for a 6-7-8 day outing down to around 30-32lbs fully loaded including tent and good food/snacks. An art form worth exploring.
I am discovering that I can enjoy great food and comfort while traveling light. The Atmos 65 is my inspiration for refining my weight/load for these extended walks (60-80-100 miles). The pack has great volume, packs well with a little patience and ingenuity. A great addition to my small collection of packs.
I use the Neo-Air sleeping pad, Marmot Helium bag, Copper Spur1 tent, very minimal but high quality clothes, 1 titanium cooking pot and stove, one H20 bladder and 1 16oz ss bottle for hot and cold, one titanium spork, 1 headlamp, H2o pump, 1/2 a book to read, lots of powdered
electrolytes, powdered green foods, dried fruits and walnuts/almonds, breakfast/dinner, power bars, SPOT gps and a few other odds and ends.
6 nights 7 days starting @ 32lbs including some H20.....Some can do better I'm sure but I am happy @ 32 for 7 days walk.
BTW I rarely take my 1lb 8oz Bear Vault along. I prefer 2 40' ultra light lines @ 2 oz. The Atmos 65 is good so far, time will tell.