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Osprey packs back mesh durability
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Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Osprey packs back mesh durability on 04/02/2012 13:31:07 MDT Print View

I've been reading here that Ospey's mesh back panel will easily wear at points where it contacts the metal frame.

I am thinking of getting the EXOS 58 but would like some feedback on the mesh wear problem. My solution would be to put some Shoe Goo at the wear points IF I knew where they were located. Does the wear occur at the outside or from both sides?

Right now I'm using a 5 year old REI Cruise UL 60 with REI side pockets added.

Kenneth Houseal
Exos on 04/02/2012 13:36:20 MDT Print View

Look at the frame of an exos, look down towards the bottom where it bends back, right there they put mesh over the frame...instead of using a durable fabric. Every Exos I have ever seen, that has over 500 miles, has wore that mesh out. Main problem with the mesh wearing is that the frame will dig into your kidneys afterwords. In my opinion Goop will not fix it, however, sewing on some fabric might(?)....

EDIT: Whoops forgot to mention that I'm referring to the exos 58, which tends to get overloaded by people due to its capacity. I see many exos packs with 35-50lbs used for thru-hiking.

Edited by Homewardbound on 04/02/2012 15:25:37 MDT.

Paul Wozniak

Locale: Midwest
no issues yet on 04/02/2012 14:44:19 MDT Print View

FWIW, Osprey Exos 34L size large. 26 lbs starting pack weight with 5.5 days food and 1L water. Estimate 500 - 550 miles on this pack. Minimal thread fray on mesh panel and no concerns.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Outside in? on 04/02/2012 15:46:29 MDT Print View

I take it from these comments that the mesh fraying begins on the outside.

Perhaps a belt-and-suspenders fix or fabric sewn over Shoo Goo on the mesh would do it.

Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
Osprey Exos--No issues yet on 04/02/2012 15:57:46 MDT Print View

I've used my 58L pack for several hundred miles, sometimes carrying a fairly large amount of water and a bear can. No fraying noted on the mesh panel.

Kenneth Houseal
Fraying on 04/02/2012 17:37:47 MDT Print View

The whole fraying issue doesn't occur along the actual is towards the bottom of the pack...near your hips where the frame curves out. The mesh wears where it is stretched over the frame. Seen it a ton of times. I really do like those packs though.

Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
Re: Fraying on 04/02/2012 18:12:59 MDT Print View

@ Kenny. You're right. I checked my pack in the area you mentioned, and there is some fraying there.

But I really do like my pack. And unless I can find something that does the job as well as it does (and is light weight, too), I'll buy another one. When you divide the cost of the pack by the number of miles hiked, it's a pretty good value.

Edited by DianaV on 04/02/2012 18:13:58 MDT.

Scott Simcox
(Simco) - F - M

Locale: Nashville
Re: Osprey packs back mesh durability on 04/02/2012 19:29:26 MDT Print View

Exos 46.
600~ miles.
10 - 20lb weights.

No problems.

Kenneth Houseal
Re: Re: Fraying on 04/02/2012 19:36:03 MDT Print View

I really do like the Exos, despite the whole center of balance argument, I think it is one of the best non-cottage gear packs. Carries like a champ...I'm sure there is a way to just patch over that....

With those weights I would only expect normal pack wear. Rock on.

Jennifer McFarlane
(JennyMcFarlane) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Osprey Warranty on 04/02/2012 22:53:54 MDT Print View

The mesh might wear (have not experienced that on several different Osprey packs) but I have ripped a few of them. Osprey has a great warranty- they repair, for free any pack they have ever made regardless of age. For that reason I would not personally worry about any pack having wear. All of the repairs I've needed have been as a result of my own carelessness. They fix them anyway- for free. I think I had to pay shipping to Colorado, but that was it. I had them back within two weeks.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
EXOS 58 on 04/03/2012 12:48:26 MDT Print View

I just ran downstairs to take a look at mine...

Exos 58
600 - 700 miles
15 - 25 lbs.

I don't see a single flaw in the back mesh where it meets the frame.

Great pack!

Kenneth Houseal
Re: EXOS 58 on 04/03/2012 12:53:36 MDT Print View

I think the amount of weight carried is the main thing...keeping it under 30/35lbs is key to the longevity of the pack.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: EXOS 58 on 04/03/2012 12:54:43 MDT Print View

Don't forget that Osprey should repair it either free of charge of for very little--that whole All Mighty Guarantee.

From the Osprey website:

Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in our product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If we are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, we will happily replace it. We proudly stand behind this guarantee, so much so that it bears the signature of company founder and head designer, Mike Pfotenhauer.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Problem with Exos 46 & 58 on 04/03/2012 13:08:30 MDT Print View

How wonderful for all of you who have had no problems with this!

I had it happen on both an Exos 58 and a 46. Both of them had the mesh pulling apart near a seam where mesh and frame met, at about the kidney level. Both occurred with little use and 25-30 loads.

These were early production packs; I heard of several others with this problem back then (saw one other). Hopefully they have fixed it. Given the above posters, it looks like they might have. A search of old posts here at BPL will find some of those early problems.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Thanks on 04/03/2012 17:55:58 MDT Print View

Thanks for all the comments. Very helpful, sepecially the garantee info. Just like Gregory's garantee, which I've experienced. I plan to carry no more than 32 pounds with 7 days' food and 3 liters of water max. And that would only be the "first day weight".

I'll be adding REI side pockets just for the convienance of getting to my 1st aid kit, potty kit, Steripen, toilet kit, etc., not for carrying extra weight.

I think I'll add the Shoe Goo and see how it works.

BTW, I REALLY wish they would put a "cut-out" belt on it like teh Aether series has. Maye I'll do my own cut-out/mesh window on the EXOS. My shoe repair shop does wonders with my custom requests.

Edited by Danepacker on 04/03/2012 17:58:32 MDT.