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Purchased my first backpack

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Offline roadtrip

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Purchased my first backpack
« on: July 14, 2019, 12:41:48 PM »
Osprey Exos 58.
Come to think of it, it's actually my second backpack. The first I got at a garage sale for $2 back in 2003. External frame blaze orange, probably weighed 10 lbs! Used it for a hitchhiking trip from Junction to Terrell. Packed up with car camping gear. Come a long way since then.
Anyone else here have an Exos?
 Thoughts, comments and tips appreciated.

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2019, 01:11:10 PM »
possibly the best backpack on the market that can haul heavy and is a mainline pack.  I rarely go with enough stuff that a pack that big is justified, but if I was out for 2 weeks that'd be high on the list, unless I'm on Rainier or something and carrying a lot of gear/layers

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Offline PacingTheCage

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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2019, 07:23:25 PM »
Had a 12 year old Osprey that I replaced last Friday.  I donít remember the model. Iíve been happy with it. Bought an Atmos.


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Offline Meadows8903

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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2019, 10:01:27 AM »
Iíve got a 5 year old Osprey Kestrel 48 that has been fantastic. Perfect size for 1 or 2 nighters and itís just so broken in and perfect that I may cry when/if I have to replace it.


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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2019, 11:45:44 AM »
Yeah, I hated to replace mine but it was worn and was cutting into my upper hips. Each step was becoming painful. Canít even tell the new one is there!


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Offline backpacker56

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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2019, 12:09:01 PM »
Osprey is a great brand, and the Exos 58 looks like a fine pack.  MSRP is $220, but apparently sells for as little as $140 online.  There are so many good backpacks out there; I think the best one is whichever one you like most. 

I wouldn't think of this as a large pack.  I'm wondering how steelfrog could fit two weeks' worth of food and gear in a pack of this size.  Maybe hanging stuff all over the outside of it, but I don'’t like feeling like a pedlar, with stuff dangling and clanking.  For 8 days in the Gila, I’ve had trouble fitting everything in a 72 liter pack.  No doubt I have much to learn about minimalist backpacking. 

I like a pack with pockets, so I'm happy with my recently purchased Mountainsmith Scream 55.  It weighs just under 3 lb and cost $120.  It has two tall zippered pockets on the back, two stretch side pockets, and two small hip belt pockets.  No top pocket, just a roll top.  I like its full u-zipper on the main compartment.  At 55 liters it seems cramped, so I view it as good for shorter trips, especially with extra clothing or extra water taking up space.  I suppose without the extra clothing or water there might be room for food enough to last a week, since I don’t eat that much. 
« Last Edit: September 04, 2019, 08:15:27 AM by backpacker56 »
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Offline roadtrip

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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2019, 11:45:12 AM »
I took the exos out for a test run yesterday morning. Had 20lbs in it including 5lbs of water (80oz).   I have a hard time seeing how I could have fit 10-15lbs worth of gear in there but that's going to be part of my learning curve. Also couldn't figure out how to attach my rolled up sleeping pad to the bottom, but I think I have it figured out in hindsight.  My internet was down so I couldn't google it. It's more fun figuring it out on my own anyway. Sometimes.
It was very comfortable. My shoulders were kind of achy at first but went away after about 15 minutes. My water bottles were easy to reach and put back in the side pockets.
I hiked for an hour in 96 degree sunny weather through pastures, brush, woods and over a creek.
I'm very happy with it so far.

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Offline Hang10er

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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2019, 07:27:17 AM »

 My shoulders were kind of achy at first but went away after about 15 minutes.


If your shoulders ached, was the backpack adjusted correctly?   The weight should rest on your hips..

Been looking for a day pack for myself.  I'm thinking I want something that will hold 15 pounds, plus/minus.  I love Osprey brand so appreciate your review.

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Offline DeserTrek

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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2019, 08:01:31 AM »
If you feel like you need more space, then I highly recommend the ULA Circuit or Ohm in drawstring. The Circuit will have higher load carrying capabilities for those trips that require more water.

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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2019, 11:25:48 AM »

 My shoulders were kind of achy at first but went away after about 15 minutes.


If your shoulders ached, was the backpack adjusted correctly?   The weight should rest on your hips..

Been looking for a day pack for myself.  I'm thinking I want something that will hold 15 pounds, plus/minus.  I love Osprey brand so appreciate your review.
I checked out a pack by Osprey called the Levity, it was smaller than the exos and was ultralight. That might work well for you.

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Re: Purchased my first backpack
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2019, 08:23:47 PM »
I can now pack all my gear in the Exos and have a little bit of room to spare. I'm hiking once week, 3miles, carrying 35 lbs. No shoulder ache at all. Scheduled to be in Big Bend on October 27. :crossedfingers:

 


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