It’s the end of 2015, and as is our annual tradition a time to look back at the best gear we tested this year. Of the hundreds of products GearJunkie staff and team athletes reviewed and put through the paces these items stood out as some of the best…
Osprey Atmos AG Backpack
The “AG” stands for anti-gravity, and the Osprey Atmos AG does seem to include some magic in its meshy support system. The back panel and harness suspend the pack away from a wearer’s body, adding comfort and breathability. For modest loads, it’s the most comfortable backpack we tested this year.
You can’t go backpacking without a backpack. And since it’ll hold every single one of your precious supplies, you’ll want to choose a high quality, comfortable one.
For a top of the line backpack, check out Osprey — a company that does one thing and does it well: making backpacks and rugged travel luggage. For my recent backpacking trip, I used the Osprey Atmos AG 65 (which comes in a 50 liter and 65 liter capacity, as well as a women’s version, the Aura AG). The pack features pockets and compression straps in all the right places, but the real reason to use this pack is its signature Anti-Gravity suspension system which perfectly distributes the pack’s weight and contours to your body. I knew I found the right pack as soon as I put it on, and my choice was confirmed during my trip when I meet a park ranger, a guy who backpacks miles and miles as part of his job, wearing the exact same pack as me.
And don’t forget, you’ll also need to pick up a hydration reservoir (the blue bag seen above), like the Osprey Hydraculis Reservoir 3 Liter.
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Osprey Atmos AG: This backpack’s boast of having “anti-gravity suspension” is most likely marketing-speak, but the trekkers who swear their 35-pound loads feel more like 20 pounds won’t hear of it. The real story is a lightweight mesh that hugs the body close from the hip to the shoulders, making the fit more like an extension of the body.
With Father’s Day fast approaching many of you are no doubt still searching for the perfect gift to get dad this year… Here are some suggestions for gifts that any outdoorsy dad is sure to love.
Osprey Atmos AG 65 Backpack
If your dad is long overdue for an upgrade to his backpack, than the new Osprey Atmos AG 65 will make the perfect gift. Whether he’s heading on a backpacking trip along his favorite trail, or traveling to the far side of the planet, the Atmos 65 is sure to come in handy. This pack can carry a large load with ease, distributing the weight evenly to help keep the wearer as comfortable as possible. This hydration-ready Atmos also includes an adjustable suspension system, a variety of compression straps, and ample internal storage for all the gear dad could possibly need. It also comes with Osprey’s legendary lifetime guarantee, which means if anything ever happens to the bag, they’ll fix or replace it no questions asked.
Outdoor gear doesn’t just improve, it keeps getting dramatically better. For our biannual Gear of the Year awards, we celebrate the insights, breakthroughs, and leaps forward in new products that make our time in the outdoors safer, more comfortable, and more fun. Here are our picks for spring/summer 2015.
Osprey’s new pack, the Atmos AG (men’s) and Aura AG (women’s), radically reinvents the backpacking experience. This “antigravity” backpack has one of the most unconventional and comfortable suspensions ever made. Starting at the top near the grab handle, the AG has a perforated mesh panel that runs the length and width of your back, all the way down to your hips and around the front of the waist via the hip belt. This creates smooth, even pressure against your shoulder blades down to the lumbar region—it’s more like a gentle caress than the poking and prodding of a typical pack.