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MountainOnline.com – Featuring Atmos AG 50 – July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015
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Time Tested Gear: Osprey Atmos AG 50 Backpack

Field Test: Typically, when I haul 40 pounds in a lightweight, 50-liter backpack, I get sore shoulders and hips. But with the Atmos, Osprey extends its suspended mesh back panel to every area where the pack touches the body from shoulders to hips. The design spreads pressure over a larger area. Adjustable torso and hip belt customize fit.

Why It’s Timeless: After a three-day trip, I was pain-free.

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MountainOnline.com – Featuring Xenith 75 – August 2013

August 15, 2013

Field Test: All right, this is a brand new model, but here’s why I’m keen on it. Size: there are times—ski mountaineering; family backpacking trips—when capacity is king. The 75-liter version is the smallest of three monster packs (there’s an 88 and a 105, too) loaded with features—slick ski and tool attachments, pockets everywhere, smart access. But the best elements have to do with fit. If you’re carrying 20 pounds you can get away with webbing straps. When you bump that weight past 50, suspension is crucial. Here, the harness is anatomically correct (and gender specific) and the thickly cushioned waist belt is heat moldable. A must for those of us without hips.

Why It’s Timeless: Big adventures = big packs.

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