Gear Review: Osprey Variant 52 Backpack
The most I’ve ever hoped from a backpack is to not ache at the end of each day hauling to the next campsite. I get a lot more ups out of the journey, but the hauling part is never what I live for. And if you live for hauling then you’re way more man or woman than I am. Respect.
This ode, though, is for a backpack that’s actually comfortable — and comfortable whether light or jammed beyond the norm. I overloaded the Variant 52 more than once (recommended weight is a little over 50 pounds and I went on the heavier side) and it remained stable whether I was on foot or snowshoes, skinning like a slug uphill on skis or bombing down.