Osprey Volt 60
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $179.99 USD
This pack provides superior comfort and will not break the bank if you are looking for a well made product from a reputable company. This pack is so comfortable, I would recommend it to my grandmother if she was going to embark on a multi-day backpacking trip.
- Extremely comfortable
- Can fit to many different backs
- Zippers are somewhat hard to use
- Lots of straps
The pack fits me perfectly. Although I went into an Osprey authorized retailer, you could honestly fit this pack yourself and figure out all the bells and whistles. With Osprey's patented Fit-on-the-Fly hip belt and torso adjustment, a 12-year-old could fit this pack.
Like I said earlier, Osprey's Fit-on-the-Fly hip belt and torso adjusters allow for a seamless fit, no matter what shaped back and all straps supply adequate room to adjust and readjust all load-lifters, sternum straps, hip belt straps, and side straps. The ventilation on your back could be better, but I do tend to sweat a lot.
The advertised volume of 60L seems very accurate, although I haven't actually got around to testing to see how accurate that is. After my sleeping pad, bag, tent, clothes, fuel, miscellanious items, and food are packed in (for a 5-7 day trip), there is still a bit of room left at the top. You can even separate off the bottom part of the pack, say if you wanted to store just your food in the bottom or your entire cooking gear plus food to have things organized a bit better.
The gear is easily accessible although one problem I have with the pack is the zippers; they are hard to use!! Fortunately the only zippers on the pack that give me problems are the one on the lower compartment and on the hip belt. Overall, the pack is designed so an idiot could safely and effectively stow gear inside (although he might get so mad that he rips the zippers off).
The load is distributed PERFECTLY onto the hips; that is, if you have properly adjusted the pack. I could not ask for a better ride. It remains comfortable no matter if you have the pack completely loaded down or with equipment for a day hike. The load lifter make the pack seem like it's literally growing out of your back!
Because the pack uses mostly plastic clips and zippers, there's not really a lot that can go wrong (at least I haven't had any problems yet). Only problem I can see if the small 1/2'' clips used for attaching a sleeping pad to the pack could snap if put under too much stress, but that's with any plastic pieces.
Other than that, I have yet to see any problems with the pack since I bought it in June. The upcoming winter will give me a nice time to test some of the other features more extensively.
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The lightweight, easy to fit and comfortable Volt 60 from Osprey is ideal for weekend or week-long trips lasting 2 to 5 days
The Osprey Volt 60 operates under the motto ''simple is better.'' Light on bells and whistles, but heavy on the essentials, this pack will give you all the quality you need to have a killer time on the trail. Hipbelt pockets provide secure storage for digital cameras, GPS units and snacks that are easily accessible while hiking External hydration sleeve in backpanel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills Dual ice axe loops Dual side compression straps keep internal loads stable and provide carrying longer items like tent poles A floating zippered top pocket organizes smaller items and can extend to handle overloads
Hit the wilderness with the light, simple and value-conscious Osprey Volt 60 pack. Enjoy its comfortable fit with all the essential features, but without extraneous bells and whistles. Torso length adjusts easily and precisely over a 5 in. range to provide an exact fit; extra pads on the dual-density hipbelt extend up to 3 in. on each side. Lumbar pad and back panel are covered in spacer mesh for enhanced cushioning and ventilation. Peripheral-hoop alloy frame provides a light and flexible structure that effectively transfers load weight to the hipbelt. Top-loading design features a floating lid that extends to handle bulky gear and overloads; externally accessible lower compartment accommodates a sleeping bag. External hydration sleeve in the back panel simplifies refilling and helps protect pack contents from spills (hydration reservoir sold separately). Trekking pole attachment lets you stow and remove poles on the go; poles tuck between your arm and pack with a side loop and an adjustable shockcord on the left shoulder strap. Zippered lid pocket, 1 front and 2 side stretch-woven pockets and zippered hipbelt pockets make it easy to organize and access often-used gear. 2 ice axe loops let you lash tools or extra gear on the outside of the pack. Side compression straps let you cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying; sleeping pad straps on the pack's base adjust easily to hold a variety of shapes and sizes of pads. The Osprey Volt 60 pack body is made of 210-denier double ripstop nylon; pack base is made of 600-denier polyester.
After a long six hour hike into the backcountry you finally arrive to your campsite overlooking a pristine mountain lake and place the Osprey Volt 60 Backpack on the ground. Surprisingly, your back and shoulders feel good, thanks to the Volt's LightWire peripheral frame that transfers load weight away from your shoulders and to the hip-belt, and the Fit-on-the-Fly hip-belt itself that provides a custom fit and support. This lightweight, thoughtfully-designed pack features all of the backpacking essentials without putting a major dent in your wallet.