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Trailspace.com – Featuring Viva 50 – July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013

The Viva series is advertised as being without all the bells and whistles but I would argue that it is chocked full of features which, for the most part, increase functionality but do not add significantly to the weight. An ultra-lightweight it is not, but at 3 lbs., 8 oz., it’s a respectably light pack with a high level of comfort and durability.

Attention to small details in functionality will delight users and help make this pack a top choice; though, the ease-of-adjustability features found in the Viva series may not be as strong of a selling point for everyone. In addition to being suitable for a wide range of women’s figures, I would recommend the Viva for multi-user situations or as a child/teenager’s pack, as it has the ability to grow as they do.

Pros

  • External hydration compartment
  • Good fit/comfort for women
  • Hipbelt pockets and stretchy mesh pockets
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls, hip belt tensioning design, and many other small but functional details

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TrailSpace.com – Featuring Atmos 65 – September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012

I have an Arc’teryx Bora 95 for long hauls, so I’m used to quality and good fit. The Atmos amazed me. It was SO light, and I don’t know WHAT it did with the weight … but … I was literally jumping up an down on the trail (I have a Marmot Swallow, so my tent has a chunk of base weight to begin with).

I read reviews of both the Arc’teryx Bora and the Osprey AFTER I bought the Osprey. I have been spoiled in my choice of both. The statement on Osprey that they lead the way, set the standards for other packs, is well noted.  I looked at a Gregory as well as some EMS ones … the Osprey was awesome by comparison even in the store.  I cautiously kept sales receipts and such for until I loaded and tested it … this one WON’T be returned.

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Trailspace.com Features Osprey Argon 85 Packs – February 2, 2011

February 11, 2011

Described by Osprey as “a favorite of weekend warriors to elite mountaineers,” I tested a 2010 Argon 85 expedition pack. The 2010 model is the third generation version of this pack.

The Argon 85 (loaned by Osprey for the duration of the test) comes in three frame sizes: medium, large, and extra large, with the two larger frames having slightly bigger capacities. I tested a medium frame, which has a 5,100-cubic inch capacity. Hip belts are available in small, medium, large, and extra large.

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