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ClimbingReport.com – Featuring Atmos AG 65 – September 2015

September 1, 2015
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Osprey is one of the premier backpack manufacturers in the US, and for good reason. Every 6 months when we attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City we see new innovation and thinking all over the packs in Osprey’s lineup. The Osprey Atmos AG 65 is one of the very latest designs and has a lot more than just some new pockets and straps.

Suspension
The most obvious design aspect of the Osprey Atmos AG 65 is the Anti-Gravity (the AG part of the pack’s name) suspension. At first it appears to be similar to many of the newer backpacks with a tight mesh across the back panel. When examined further you’ll see the same large mesh material that stretches across the back blend seamlessly into the waist belt. The shoulders straps are connected with the same mesh material but are attached at strategic suspension points on the pack to provide give and balance of weight…

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ClimbingReport.com – Featuring Mutant 38 – February 2014

February 1, 2014

When I was getting ready to head off to my first week-long Boy Scout camp at the age of 12 my dad surprised me with a new frame pack… Every climber knows that she/he needs more than one backpack. I can think of at least 5 specific genres of packs that I need to head out on various endeavors. One of these types of packs is a single-day Alpine Climbing pack. The sweet spot is 30-40 liters. You need more room than a summer day-pack because you need extra layers, crampons, harness and maybe a rope.

This is where the Osprey Mutant 38 thrives; the single day alpine climb. Right off you can see that it has the obligatory features of a winter pack. There are two ice axe/tool attachment points with a simple combination of plastic latch and elastic cord to attach each tool to the pack. A very nice way to save weight over other systems. The extra durable nylon fabric on the back of the pack keeps sharp axe points from ripping through the pack. The waist belt has three racking loops (for ice clippers or carabiners) and one gear loop on each side. This works great when you need to remove the clippers from your harness to use the waist belt, but still want that functionality of racking screws or clipping ice tools while belaying. The waist belt reverse wraps so that you can flip it around onto the pack to stay out of the way of your harness and gear. Wand pockets are located on at the base of the pack on each side so that you can securely carry bamboo wands or snow pickets. The z-compression straps on the side did a great job of keeping the bag compressed when needed as well as keeping pickets secured until needed.

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ClimbingReport.com – Featuring Aether 60 – November 2013

November 1, 2013

We’ve been testing the Osprey Aether 60 for the last few months. At first glance you can see that the Aether 60 was designed to handle a lot of adventure. Although the Aether 60 isn’t heavy (4.75 lbs), the add-ons don’t make it a pack for weight weenies either. That said, not everyone is or wants to be a toothbrush cutting ultra-light backpacker. For those that like some comforts, but don’t want to overdo it, this may be the pack for you.

This is one of the most versatile packs I’ve ever used. My favorite features are the side compression straps that go through the large size pockets. This allows you to cinch down the pack or cinch down the pack and whatever is in the side pocket. We usually use the side pockets for water bottles, the tall pocket won’t let even a full nalgene fall out. The pockets and compression straps would also be very useful for snow pickets, flags, tent poles and air mattresses. The side and front compression straps can also be configured for carrying skis or snowboards. We haven’t had a chance to put this to the test yet, but the design looks like a good secure system.

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