Just curious. Does anyone here uses this brand of backpacks? How would you all rate it? I am currently interested in the Exos series. The Exos 46 looks kinda nice but priced abit high. I am new in this backpack thing... So I am not sure if this is a good one... Thanks!
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Erm... Why has my post being marked as spam? I really am asking a question...
By the way, any other brands of backpack suitable for beginners for mountain climbing? Coz I'll be climbing a few mountains in my country next year. Thanks!
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 30, 2008, at 12:56 AM by meikatsu ]
Your original post looks like it could be spam:
- first time poster
- link in post
- the website linked to seems to be nothing other than a load of adverts both within blog format and using google ads
- no details in your profile (privacy is fine, however most spam I've seen tends to be done by usernames with either no details in their profile or spam in their profile)
Understand now how your first post looks, and the hope to keep these forums as clean as possible? Some non-spam comments get held up as spam until released by an Admin/Mod, but this is better than having forums full of spam.
Wasn't trying to promote anything =.= Was showing how it looks like... But yeah anyways... So does anyone have any say bout the quality and the durability of the Osprey brand?
I wouldn't consider myself too knowledgeable on the matter, but I purchased the Osprey Talon 33 earlier this year. I have only used it for a two week trip to Spain, but it worked great. Was pretty comfortable and held my gear perfectly fine. The sheath (can't think of any better word for it) is really useful for papers or things that need to be accessed easily.
The pack is still in perfect condition after the trip, and I would use it for any activity that I might need the storage for, hiking or traveling.
But if you haven't tried any on, I would suggest that. Stores that have a good selection usually have bean bags you can load em up with as well to get a good feel for it. If you want to purchase online, see if you can find the product in a store, or at least a similar one, and try it first. Mainly, what fits and feels good on me, might not work for you.
- Edit* I forgot, I used it on a hike or two over the summer. Only about an hour to a nice spot, but it was very useful and pretty breathable for that purpose as well. This was in ~90+ heat as well.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 30, 2008, at 12:27 PM by Danielsw25 ]
Thanks Danielsw25, you comments on the Osprey brand makes it sounds promising
My current preferences is slightly deviated towards Osprey too. Mainly due to the 'breathable' compartment netting that feels nice and comfortable on the back when I tried it on in the store (don't know how else to call it =.=). The inner frame (there is one right? I think so coz its kinda rigid) makes it kinda solid feeling... (Is it good for a backpack?)
But just wondering, is there any other brands that have the same 'breathable' netting cushion for the back? Coz to be honest, I find the Osprey brand to be slightly more expensive compared to other brands in the shop like Karrimor, High Sierra, Deuter etc. Is it expensive due to how good it is or is it due to the nice designs? (Hahaha I also noticed that Osprey has better designs compared to other brands... I don't dare to ask the shopkeeper bout this questions coz I doubt he will answer me honestly =.= )
Osprey do tend to be more expensive, but are generally considered to be top end lightweight bags and pretty damned good. They are not as heavy duty as some bags, but are designed more for walkers/with flexibility in mind than perhaps traditional backpackers.
I have heard occasional stories of certain Osprey frames breaking under stress when they are chucked around allot (eg: onto planes, tops of buses etc after allot of such movements, where the lightweight frames get crushed by much heavier luggage on top of it), but no idea how true they are, and never heard of similar problems from normal usage/wearing.
I have no specific knowledge or experience of the Exos, but it looks pretty good in terms of features etc.
I have an Osprey Kestrel 32 which i bought in the summer specifically for this trip, which has been fine so far, but to fair hasn't been used all that much thus far except for transit, and I won't start finding out just how good it is till i move on again in Feb and start properly living out of it.
Deuter do a number of bags with airflow meshing, if you can find a good deuter outlet to try some of them out. Other makes normally do some as well, but often not as many.
IMO, Osprey makes the best lightweight packs. The Exos is a brand new series for Osprey so you won't find much info on it. I'm getting an Exos 34. I talked to a CS rep at Osprey and they said the durability of the fabric is similar to the Talon (which I've used for travel without any problems). You would have to be careful with it though as it would puncture easier than a cordura pack. Early test reports from the UK (including mountaineering use) have raised no concerns about durability. The other big comment is that the volume on these packs is larger than stated, which is why I'm opting for the 34.
The Exos packs are the lightest, full suspension packs ever made. Osprey has designed the Exos and redesigned their other ventilated packs (atmos and aura) so the air gap is half as thick as on older models. I know that was a problem because the air gap reduced the useable space inside the pack - this is now mitigated. I believe this new design is better than on any other ventilated pack out there.
You'll hear advice from others regarding the use of lightweight packs for traveling. Many people are adamant that they'd never use an ultralight hiking pack for travel. Although I've talked and heard from many who have used them and not experienced any problems because of this approach. In fact, the only pack failure I've experienced was with a heavy cordura "travel" pack. Since going to my regular stash of lightweight packs - no failures.
Regarding the Exos frame, it's made with the same aluminum that most other manufacturer's stays are-even on beefier packs. The Exos has an additional frame piece that acts as a sort of cross-beam that provides further support.
Having said all this in support of this pack, it's not for everyone. The panel-opening, travel pack supporters (not knocking them) aren't going to like it. And that's fine. It also wouldn't be appropriate for anyone who is rough with their gear. I certainly wouldn't drop the Exos and sit on it (but I wouldn't do that with any pack, ventilated or not). It all comes down to personal preference, and I've heard from at least one Exos tester who travels extensively that is planning on using it for travel.
Please let us know how it works out for you.
Dear Bradshaw and Gelli,
After reading what you all wrote about the Osprey backpacks, I have decided to get myself the backpack I mentioned in my original post (Exos 46). I have only used it once for light traveling and is waiting to test it out in a few months time when I go mountain climbing. I have no experience in commenting bout backpacks but from a layman point of view, I can comment the pack as such:
1. The pack itself is very light (I believe that it is Osprey's ultra light series) and even after loading it full, it still has that 'light' feeling to it compared to other packs I have used prior to this (I think its the way they engineer the shape of the pack and the back support itself but I'm not that sure since I'm not so good with all these technology and stuff.)
2. The airflow meshing really do make the pack very friendly to my back when I carry it around and definitely very 'airy' and comfortable.
3. And as Bradshaw mentioned, the bag is slightly bigger than stated so it has alot of space for everything ;p (hahaha and you will tend to bring even more things in the end =.= )
4. However, due to the way they compartmentalise their pockets, unless you plan your packing properly, I think you might find it hard to access certain things easily and immediately (but in its favor, I do have to say that for a simple design [apparently Osprey takes pride in their simple designs] they it covers all the needs for simple straight forward packing of the most basic essential equipments).
5. I just have to add this but, they really do have a good design... at a price though (hahaha, other brands are relatively cheaper)
Anyways, thanks everyone for the comments on the brand which made it easier for me to choose it over other backpacks ;p