SUPERLIGHT BACKPACKING | THRU-HIKING
EXOS 48
EXOS 48
EXOS 48
EXOS 48
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Color: Basalt Black
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Description

When the trail is long and ounces count, reach for the Osprey Exos 48. Made with the ultralight thru-hikers in mind, everything about this pack is light and fast. The mesh Airspeed™ Suspension stabilizes the load and simultaneously provides maximum airflow for high-output ventilation. The ExoForm™ hipbelt and shoulder harness combine for all-day carrying comfort.

Osprey designers built this pack from light but durable 100D High Tenacity nylon and added superlight YKK zippers. Along with featherweight materials, the top lid is removable, as are all external straps to shave a few more ounces. The integrated Flapjacket™ remains to protect your gear if the weather turns nasty.

Mesh side pockets with InsideOut™ compression combine storage and stability. The front stretch mesh pocket gives you quick access to a map or an extra layer. Two zippered hipbelt pockets keep snacks and essentials secure.

The pack includes an ice axe attachment loop just in case you’re in the mood to blitzkrieg an alpine adventure. External cord tie-off points give you the option to lash on additional gear.

If you dream of thru-hiking the Continental Divide or the Colorado Trail, the Exos 48 is the tool for the job.

Key Attributes

Ultralight

Minimalist design and featherweight materials balance comfort and durability. All external straps are removable to shave weight when ounces count.

Airspeed Suspension

The tensioned mesh back panel stabilizes the load off of your back for ventilation and comfort.

Flapjacket

Remove the floating top lid and deploy the integrated FlapJacket™ to protect your gear from the elements.

Features

  • Floating Top Lid - A removable floating top lid with an internal key clip and underlid zippered mesh pocket provides extra organization and can be removed to shave weight
  • Mesh Side Pockets with InsideOut™ Compression - Dual side stretch mesh pockets with InsideOut™ compression allow for extra tension and more secure loads in the side pockets
  • Zippered Hipbelt Pockets - Dual zippered hipbelt pockets provide secure storage for often needed items
  • Sleeping Pad Straps - Cross functional, removable sleeping pad straps provide external gear carrying options
  • Integrated FlapJacket™ - Osprey’s FlapJacket™ system provides compression and protection from the elements for the main pack compartment when the top lid is not in use.
  • Stretch Mesh Front Pocket - Large front stretch mesh pocket for quickly stashing gear
  • Tool Attachment - A single tool loop at the base of the pack works in conjunction with the side compression strap for secure tool carry
  • Cord Tie-off Points - Multiple cord tie-off points for the quick attachment of additional gear

Carry Information

Superlight Airspeed™ Suspension

  • 6065 aluminum frame
  • 3D tensioned breathable mesh back panel with side ventilation

Exoform™ Harness

  • Seamless layered mesh provides improved comfort and cushioning
  • 15 mm adjustable slide sternum strap
  • Stretch mesh energy gel pocket

Exoform™ Hipbelt

  • ergoPullTM closure
  • Seamless layered mesh provides improved comfort and cushioning

Specs

Load Range
20 - 40 lbs.
9 - 18 kg
  Volume Dimensions Weight
SM 2746 in3 / 45 l 26h x 14w x 12d in. 2.23 lbs.
MD 2929 in3 / 48 l 28h x 14w x 12d in. 2.31 lbs.
LG 3112 in3 / 51 l 30h x 14w x 12d in. 2.4 lbs.
SM 2746 in3 / 45 l 66h x 35w x 30d cm 1.01 kg
MD 2929 in3 / 48 l 71h x 35w x 30d cm 1.05 kg
LG 3112 in3 / 51 l 76h x 35w x 30d cm 1.09 kg
Fabric
Main
100D High Tenacity Nylon
Accent
100D High Tenacity Nylon Ripstop
Bottom
100D High Tenacity Nylon Ripstop
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Reviews

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OspreyEXOS 48
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (5)
  • Good suspension (5)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Extended trips (5)
  • Light loads (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid adventurer (3)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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5.0

Outstanding

By 

from Sydney, Australia

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Suspension
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Day Hikes
    • Extended Hikes
    • Light Loads

    Comments about Osprey EXOS 48:

    In contrast to the above reviewers, my EXOS 40 is generally loaded well over 30 lb: my loads average 37 lb. The extra weight is due to water: in Australia we have few water sources, so it all must be carried. I've been very happy with the ability of this pack to carry th load: after 50 km or so I get a few black bruises, but this is probably more due to my body type (featherweight) than the bag. The problem is certainly far less noticeable than any other packs I've used. Great mesh pockets that don't get caught up on scrub, excellent harness, nice and light, subdued colour for avoiding attention: all very important things to me. I think I'll stick with Osprey from now on: they make good gear.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great but not excellent. One more iteration, Osprey, please.

    By 

    from Waterloo, ON

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Suspension
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • INSIDE rope carry compression strap
    • Not Enough Pockets

    Best Uses

    • Extended Hikes

    Comments about Osprey EXOS 48:

    I was using the prev version of Ospery Exos 46 for about 4 yrs and totally loved it. I warrantied it (broken buckle) and they sent me a new Exos 48.

    * I really really miss the front zip pocket of the old Exos 46. It was very useful for small items. Now everything has to go in the main compartment, which is annoying for things like first aid kit, TP, small gloves, socks. Essentially you only have the lid for these items, which is not enough.
    * Shoulders seem too fat (heavy?) and could be made slimmer, as this pack is not designed to carry heavy (30+ lbs) loads.
    * It's heavier, although only by a few grams, than its predecessor. I expect every iteration to be lighter! Why don't you use new space materials like cuben fiber?
    * hiking pole carry is a great feature. I use it rarely tho, b/c I have the UL BD carbon z-poles (highly recommend, btw) which can only be folded in 3 (too short for the carry system) or fully expanded (too long for any prolonged walking periods). And in any case, i'm almost always using my poles. Only for the final summit push (I do a lot of mountaineering w/ this pack) I stow away the poles. In which case they go in the side compression pockets (either ask friend, or take the pack off).
    * inside-out compression straps work remarkably well. Perhaps an weight saving option, Osprey, is if you use 3-5mm cord instead of dyneema as compression line. Smth like MSR uses on their tents. Function will be the same, I recon.
    * Love the new stretch pockets that ACTUALLY stretch (compared to the old Oxos where they barely do). Also, there's a second hole from the side that can be accessed w/ the pack on - for water bottle or gloves.
    * belt mesh pockets can be zipped open closed w/ one hand in both directions! amazing improvement.
    * belt and buckles seem overkill and too wide (50mm?) & heavy. Old Exos 46 had them super slim (15mm?) and it worked great.
    * I don't get why they put the rope carry top compression strap INSIDE the pack. Old Exos had it out.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    thru-hiked the PCT in '16. Loved this pack!

    By 

    from seattle, wa

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Load
    • Good Suspension
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Day Hikes
      • Extended Hikes
      • Light Loads

      Comments about Osprey EXOS 48:

      my base weight was a little over 10 lbs and I used this pack (without the lid) for the northern half of a 2016 PCT thru-hike. I loved it. I was using the Exos 58 (a LOT of people used that pack happily the whole way), for the first half but other than the high Sierra, it had way more room than I needed. If I did it again, I'd take the 48 the whole way and maybe just use the lid during the high Sierra bear cannister section. A lot of people had holes develop in the mesh pockets, but if you're careful where you set it down, you'll be fine. I just washed the pack off and after 1,300 miles, it looks brand new. Definitely use a waterproof liner if you'll be in any rain.

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Minimalist
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      AT Thru-hike

      By 

      from Springfield, MA

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Load
      • Good Suspension
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • sometimes squeaky
      • Zipper Snags

      Best Uses

      • Extended Hikes
      • Travel

      Comments about Osprey EXOS 48:

      Took this pack on my AT Thru hike, like many other hikers. Almost half the hikers I met were carrying this pack, and for good reason. Light weight, easy to pack, quite comfortable with the trampoline back, even in hot humid weather. Could use more padding on the hip strap IMHO. Top zipper had a tendency to get stuck. Web mesh pockets couldn't stand up to Maines pine limbs that tore them up. True on the weight load, 35 lb comfortabley, and able to carry more with difficulty.

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Minimalist
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Professional Use

      By 

      from Sutton, MA

      About Me Outdoor Professional

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Suspension
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Extended Hikes
        • Light Loads

        Comments about Osprey EXOS 48:

        I am a professional guide and outdoor educator who works all over North and South America. This pack has traveled with me for two years now, racking up nearly 200 field days of use. Here are some of my thoughts.

        Comfort and Fit:
        The pack is very comfortable. I have the medium and it fits like great. I am 5'9" and about 180lbs. It rides well just above the hips and the hip belt is comfortable with no digging in.

        Durability:
        The pack has held up really well, with the one exception of the stretchy material on the pockets. It has worn through there in a few spots, but nothing that affects the function of the pack.

        Uses:
        While this is a "lightweight" backpack, I use it on regular 30 day wilderness trips as well as lightweight trips. If you keep the weight under 35lbs it carries like a dream, anything above that and it does get a bit uncomfortable. It isn't designed for heavy weights, so don't use it for them and you will love it. That being said, there were a few times where I loaded over 50lbs in it and it carried it. Not the most comfortable, but doable.

        What could be fixed:
        1. The hook system for the top is nice, but the flap that covers the pack with the top off gets in the way with the top on.

        2. The hip pockets could be a little further forward, which is an issue I have with most Osprey Packs.

        Would I buy it or recommend it? Yes.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Minimalist
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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