User Review: Osprey Exos 46
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $179
The Osprey Exos 46 was surprisingly versatile for me (57-year-old female) as I moved into lighter backpacking on a 9 day solo trip in California's coast range and shorter trips on the Sierra. I've been pleased with the comfort over long hauls, space available for multiday trips, and ease of taking the bag on and off.
- Long haul comfort
- Pocket size and location
- Sleeping bag straps barely functional
- No good pocket for water bottle
- Bear vault too wide for easy access
I liked the multiple large pockets that accommodated paperwork and maps, my sleeping bag, liner and pad, small items like first aid kit and toiletries, and electronics, solar charger, camera and binocs for rapid access. Really cut down on the need for stuff and ditty bags!
The shape of the pack is great for using as a pillow rest, as the nice curve cups your back and shoulders and prevents sliding. I found that the Bear Vault 500 or 450 is just a bit too wide to use easily in the pack. They'll fit, but it's a real pain to get them in and out.
As others have noted, the side pockets are too tight to be variously useful, but I've found that they will hold the tyvek for under my tent, water shoes, a slim poop tube, and other items that I would rather not pack inside the pack. There is a need for a good front pocket to hold an accessible water bottle for those of us who want that feature.
Also would be nice to have front strap pocket(s) to hold a small camera and/or binoculars. The mesh pockets on the waist strap are pretty useless and hard to see to get to, and with the straps flapping around as I take off the pack, I don't want to put my little camera or binoculars or telephone there.
I wish that the pocket under the top would be accessible from the side so that you didn't have to open the pack to get to it. My solar charger (Goal Zero) straps perfectly to the top of the pack for charging, and can easily be rigged to safely store there when the sun is down.