If I had to pick a backpack that I knew would stand a brutal long distance hike, it would be anything Osprey! Just the fact that this company show’s up every year at Trail Days to fix, and stand by their packs if a AT Thru-Hiker has an issue with one of their packs, say’s a lot about the Osprey Culture. I have an Osprey myself, and love it! One pack I would recomend is the Osprey Exos 48 Pack. Still a standard among ultralight enthusiasts not willing to sacrifice comfort, the Osprey Exos 48 has been updated for 2014 with the latest technology and innovative design, making it one of the lightest and most comfortable packs available.
Since its introduction in 2008, the Exos Series has become a standard on the Appalachian Trail and with ultralight enthusiasts not willing to sacrifice comfort. Our AirSpeed™ suspension, torso-specific sizing and ergonomic design all contribute to bridge the gap between comfort, fit and light weight. The Spring 2014 redesign benefits from Osprey’s never-ending search for the latest technology in materials and hardware as well as innovative design. The comfort and support of the harness and hipbelt are drastically improved. Updated materials and hardware provide a lighter weight pack, and the lid, key straps and attachment points are all removable.