SeattleBackpackersMagazine.com – Featuring Exos 48 – July 15, 2014 – Osprey Packs Press
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SeattleBackpackersMagazine.com – Featuring Exos 48 – July 15, 2014

With the new rendition of the Osprey Exos 48, Osprey must have been putting some serious investment into their Research and Development.  Out of the box, there is a combined “Wow!  That looks amazing” which goes hand-in-hand with “Good Grief! What is that and what have they done?”  The colors and graphic lines are slick, but we all know that after a few good weeks on our shoulders and hips, the colors fade, the dust gathers and all we want to know is how it rides.

This iteration of Exos is sporting Osprey’s new ExoForm™ padding on the shoulder straps and the hip belt as well.  It looks like a light, swiss-cheese version of closed-cell foam padding, but in reality it is much more breathable. It actually seems like it is dense, woven mesh because it has more flexibility to it…

The weight of the Osprey Exos 48 clocked in right where Osprey indicates, between 2 pounds, 5 ounces and 2 pounds, 6 ounces. It certainly doesn’t feel bulky when empty.  On top of that, you can actually REDUCE your weight by eliminating the top cap (which has both interior and exterior storage).  And if you are worried about your rain exposure by removing the cap, Osprey has an integrated FlapJacket™ that will help provide that extra barrier…

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