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Osprey Packs Atmos AG 65
A taut mesh panel along the back hugs your body while allowing air to move freely between you and your stuff. Is it the lightest backpack ever? No. Is it the most comfortable? Could be.
Mile by mile, minor issues with pack fit can grow into a bent back, sore shoulder and chafed hips — not to mention a general feeling of misery. The best pack is the one that you don’t notice you’re wearing, and Osprey’s Atmos AG fits the bill.
The AG’s main draw is its innovative suspension system. The Anti-Gravity suspension system is a mesh panel that goes from the hip to the top of the back panel, a design that we found creates the feeling of someone hugging you rather than leaning on you. The panel contours to the shape of the wearer and helps reduce the tiny shifts in pack weight that destroy backs on long hikes. The better fit also increases hikers’ mobility and reduces perspiration. When we tested it on a loop around Mitten Ridge in Sedona, we found that the AG 65’s suspension made a big difference in performance and comfort.
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The biggest innovation to emerge in backpacks in 2015—and the most-read gear review at this blog for months (so apparently a lot of backpackers were interested in these new packs)—was the Anti-Gravity suspension in Osprey’s Atmos AG series for men and Aura AG series for women. See my review of the Osprey Atmos AG 65 and Aura AG 65.
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The Osprey Atmos 65 AG is our new OutdoorGearLab Editors’ Choice because of its ultra comfortable frame and suspension combined with one of our favorite overall pack designs. Once you put the Atmos 65 AG on you’ll be surprised how evenly the AG or Anti-Gravity suspension spreads the load out to create a fairly even, and pressure point free feel. The AG suspension takes the trampoline style suspension to a new level incorporating not only the entire back panel but also the waist belt that makes the Atmos with loads up to 40-45lbs the best feeling pack in our review. Not only is the Atmos an awesome feeling pack but it features a ton of very user friendly pockets that will keep even the most organizationally driven backpacker happy.