The Osprey Exos 46 Pack is a great thru hike and lightweight backcountry pack that touts plenty of awesome features to make carrying your load worry-free. Forget about hot spots and a sweaty back thanks to the AirSpeed suspension system, a 3D tensioned mesh backpanel and side crescent ventilation for maximum airflow between your back and your bag. All contact surfaces are made of breathable mesh for comfort. This bag is hydration compatible, with a built-in sleeve to accommodate a 3 liter reservoir. Enjoy the comfort provided by the BioStretch harness and hipbelt, and never experience shifting weight thanks to the internal and external compression components. Store your gear in style and comfort with this pack. The lovely people over at Outside Magazine awarded this pack the Gear of the Year Award in 2009, and I think it's safe to say they know what they're talking about.
• S 2600 cubic inches; 43L; 2 lbs. 4 oz.; 1 kg.
• M 2900 cubic inches; 46L; 2 lbs. 5 oz.; 1.05 kg.
• L 3000 cubic inches; 49L; 2 lbs. 7 oz.; 1.10 kg.
Dimensions are shown as length (height) x width x depth.
• In: 27 x 13 x 9.
• Cm: 66 x 33 x 22.8
With a total focus on super lightweight construction, the award-winning Osprey Exos 46 offers stripped down performance for adventure racing and fast-and-light thru-hikes and weekend trips. Despite weighing less than 2.5 pounds, the Exos 46 comfortably carries up to 30 pounds of gear and clothes!
The Exos 46 from Osprey Packs incorporates a ventilated suspension built for comfort with super light weight. This pack is perfect for everything from super lightweight thru hikes to weekend hikes, with plenty of storage and organization.
Sophisticated in design, the Osprey Exos 46 backpack offers comfort and super light weight without a sacrifice in ventilation. Use it for thru-hikes to weekend hikes.
|Access Type :||5003|
|Adjustable torso:||Ultralight backpack|
|Array:||2000-2999 cu in|
|Awards:||Past Award Winners|
|Backpack Style:||Multi-Day Pack|
|Capacity:||SM 2600 cu. in. (43L), MD 2800 cu. in. (46L), LG 3000 cu. in. (49L).|
|Carrying Capacity:||Up to 30 lbs.|
|Dimension:||(H x W x D)|
|Dimensions:||28" x 14" x 12"|
|Fabric:||70D x 100D Shadowcheck, 160 x 210 Window ripstop.|
|Features:||Ultralight, Top Loader|
|Fits Torso:||Medium: 18"-20.5" Large: >20"|
|Fits Waist:||Medium: 30"-34" Large: >33"|
|Frame material:||43 liters|
|Gear capacity (L):||Internal|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||Internal|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Item Weight:||Medium: 2 lb 5 oz Large: 2 lb 7 oz|
|Material:||70D x 100D Shadowcheck/160 x 210 Window Ripstop|
|Maximum Weight:||30 lbs|
|Number of exterior pockets:||2,990 cubic inches|
|Number of pockets:||8|
|Number of stays:||46 liters|
|Pack access:||2,807 cubic inches|
|Pack loading:||2,624 cubic inches|
|Raincover included:||2 lbs. 5 oz.|
|Recommended Use:||Ultra-Lightweight Backpacking and Thru-Hiking|
|Sleeping bag compartment:||2 lbs. 4 oz.|
|Sternum Strap:||Yes; Adjustable Position|
|Strap Drop:||11 1⁄2 in|
|Suspended mesh back panel:||49 liters|
|Suspension :||Shoulder Straps, AirSpeed suspension|
|Torso Length:||Medium - 18"-20.5", Large - <18.5"|
|Type:||Internal Frame Backpack|
|Volume:||Medium: 2807 cu in Large: 2990 cu in|
|Weight:||SM 2 lbs. 3 oz. (1010g), MD 2 lbs. 5 oz. (1050g), LG 2 lbs. 1 oz. (1100g).|
|Weight - metric:||Ultralight backpack|
|Osprey Exos 34||$94.98 - $149.00|
I just got my pack and I decided to take it for a test. Wow, did this ever pass with flying colors! I went for the weekend to Haunted Canyon in the Superstition wilderness in Arizona. My total pack weight was 27.5 lbs. (Because water and a bottle of nice scotch added 7-8 lbs of it).
From thee start of the hike it felt great. Everything compressed to a nice little bundle. Further into the hike I was climbing through a lot of rocky terrain and scree and pack stayed very secure, no movement at all. The best part is that as I was climbing so was the temperature. It was in the low 90's and I was on the sunny side of the mountain. I was amazed with the air flow on my back. I think because my back was protected from the sun and the airflow was so good, my back was the coolest part of my body.
Easy to hang water bladder in, Nice place to put hiking poles. My Gregory Baltoro has a place to put your poles that are more out of the way but reaching them and putting them on is not easily achieved while hiking.
One of the others I was hiking with had stuffed 45 lbs. of stuff in a Exos 58(For two people). I helped carry pack for a few miles and it is easy to tell right away that these are not meant for overloading. The air suspension was flattened out(No more airflow. Pressure on the shoulders. Even at that it performed ok.
Thus far I have used this on a few three-day backpacking trips in the Rocky Moutains of Colorado. Overall I find this to be a very good balance between light-weight and comfortable carrying capacity.
I can say that my approach is right between minimalist and comfortable camping, leaning to minimalist. For me the max capacity is about three days worth of gear/food (~32-35 lbs). Though that exceeds Osprey's recommended upper limit, I believe the pack handles that load fine. Great pack for me as I will rarely go on longer than 3 day trips and will use it for its sweet spot overnighter with two long days. I can easily see using this for long day hikes too.
I can't emphasize enough the importance of trying on this pack. It is not highly adjustable and relies on a relatively close match to the wearer's contour to achieve successful weight transfer. Medium fits my broad back, shoulders and waist and long torso.
A couple niceties-
-The type and size of the pockets are nice for me and helpful for organizing.
-The breathable back-panel makes it super comfortable in reducing overheating on the back.
A couple downsides-
-While the belt is effective, it's not the most confidence inspiring. I would like to see the width of the belt straps a taste wider. (Maybe because I load a bit more.)
-The side mesh pockets are stretchy but just large enough to fit a standard water bottle when the pack is full.
Initally bought the smaller volume for light overnight canyon hiking in Grand Canyon. Got the size bigger to accomodate extra food and water. On the first trip out, I broke the stow-on-the-go trekking pole strap - since retied and good as new - and also broke one of the plastic compression cord buckles. I also noticed that one of the other buckles was definately stressed. Second trip into the Canyon, and I popped a seam on the inner pocket, the one accessed by zipper. All in all, I think its a good pack for the weight but not super durable. Having used it several times, I really like the ventilated back feature which also provides nice suspension and cushioning, but the pack definately will not withstand any abuse. I'm constantly worried about something failing on account of weight savings subtracting from component strength. I'll let you know if I ultimately keep it or trade for a more durable cousin. stay tuned...