OutsideOnline.com – Summer Buyer’s Guide – Featuring Exos 38 – May 2014 – Osprey Packs Press
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OutsideOnline.com – Summer Buyer’s Guide – Featuring Exos 38 – May 2014

BEST FOR: Lightning-fast backpacking.

THE TEST: The reboot of Osprey’s popular Exos series has larger versions (48 and 58 liters), but this top-loading hauler became the bag of choice for testers who carry only the barest of essentials. The standout design feature was the suspension—a mesh back panel and foam hipbelt that offered ventilation while dispersing weight. “I normally don’t like ventilating systems, but this one let in air without making the pack feel top-heavy,” reported one tester. The ample stuff-it pockets in the back and sides swallowed up the items we wanted handy, and the accessory straps secured trekking poles and a sleeping pad. Going super, super light? Remove the top compartment; an alternate lid flap covers the main body of the pack…

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