User Review: Osprey Atmos 65
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $189
I purchased this pack as an upgrade to prepare for some true backcountry hiking. I was absolutely amazed at how well this pack carries the weight of my gear! The pack itself is feather-lite and I had no troubles fitting all the gear for a 3-day excursion into the wilderness. It's been on two trips so far and I have found nothing negative to say about it.
- Fits great (comfortable)
- Plenty of space
- Technical pack at great price!
- Um... straps are very long?
I got this pack along with a bunch of other lightweight gear. The wife and I are prepping for a section hike of the JMT with friends when I finish my RT program. Well, I did my research before and was looking at the Atmos and the Aether for packs.
We were fitted in a store for a couple of different brands and we both decided that Osprey was the best fitting for each of us. When it came time to purchase, the Atmos had the price range I was looking for AND I found it on sale!
I used to carry a Kelty Big Bend, and was able to use it on a few short trips (under 15 miles). The Kelty packed with older, heavier gear made me feel the weight everywhere on my body.
Onto the trip...
I carried around 25lbs, minus consumables. Up the mountain, down the mountain, I hardly felt the weight on my shoulders or hips. The weight distribution on this pack is amazing. The pack has many features that make it extremely easy to pack gear into and onto.
I really like the small hipbelt pockets for a digital camera and for snacks on the go. Although I didn't pack it full, the load stabilizer straps did their job and I kept my balance on uneven terrain. The mesh panel in the back does allow for some airflow to help manage a sweaty back but of course, this is rendered useless when you are wearing a jacket.
Overall, I have no complaints and love this pack. I should also add that I got my wife the Osprey Aura and she seems to really love her pack as well! Osprey's reputation for quality is noticed in every aspect of the pack and I would recommend it to anyone.
P.S. I also recommend that anyone looking for a pack be fitted from a reputable shop to ensure proper fit. That is all...