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Osprey Exos 46

in Backpacks - Internal Frame

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4.20 / 5 (5 reviews)

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Mark Hudson
( vesteroid )

Eastern Sierras
Osprey Exos 46 on 10/31/2010 17:30:58 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I just purchased the 46 and have done about 16 miles with it so far.

I am 6'5" and 235 and found the large to fit quite well. I had no issues with the hip belt, and found it to transfer the load as it should.

The straps adjust easily, and I like the pocket layout on the pack. I am able to get all my gear in and there are plenty of lashing options on the exterior if I ever wanted to put my pad outside or on the top under the lid.

I am not sure about a bear canister, as I dont have one.

I think the straps are fine, and the buckle is as well. They all seem to lock very positively and hold well.

I did find myself tightening the hip belt during the hike. Not sure if I just started feeling it in my shoulders and tightened as a result, or if it actually slipped some.

I think for the money, its a great pack, and its something I can go try on at REI.

I have used the pack a few more times now and carried loads approaching 30 lbs. I just wanted to test and see what the limits of this bag were. I see no difference in the comfort of the bag with the extra weight. My wife has used hers now 2 times and finally has it adjusted to suit her. She has no complaints.

Edited by vesteroid on 11/07/2010 07:05:33 MST.

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Jake Willits
( TrailSavvy )

Arkansas Ozarks
Fave Pack! on 02/16/2011 19:37:14 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Short and simple. I dig the smaller straps and buckles. I was initially concerned about the buckles and (thin) waist belt, but that has proven to be unfounded. I have about 100 miles on the pack and no issues whatsoever. My longest trip with it is 4 days, but I am going to use in on a 7 day trip next month. Only downside is that the "Airspeed" back panel bows the interior of the pack to the point that using a bladder greatly diminishes the 46L capacity. Workable, just back to using Nalgenes in the side pockets.

Laural Bourque
( lauralbaby )

airscape== bladder carrier on 07/18/2011 17:32:41 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Just chiming in with everyone else. If it fits you, it's a great pack. I put my bladder INSIDE the airscape area rather than in the provided pocket. Works great and cools my back as I hike!

Timothy Reynolds
( magrenell - M )

New England
Very Good Pack on 07/19/2011 22:24:13 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I've used mine on a good few hikes now. The hip-belt does indeed slip, and the shoulder straps can eat into your neck/shoulder area if you're not too careful. The tiny buckles used for the compression straps on the sides, aren't all that strong. One cracked in half, but I found that if I eliminate them completely (modest weight loss) I can still use the compression straps just fine, tying a simple hitch.

I have stopped using the top, detachable part. Which brings me to the moral dilemma; do I, or do I not cut off the now defunct compression straps here?

All in all, it's a light and versatile pack. And I am continuing to enjoy it. I love the pole stashing straps on the side, as I only like to use poles on extreme uphill or downhill. I also appreciate being able to dig into the side mesh pockets without having to take the pack off. and the hip belt pockets are very handy too. I also appreciate the drain-hole in the front pocket that actually works when stashing a wet tarp to dry.

Chad Root
( rootc )
Loved it until we actually used it on 10/23/2013 09:06:43 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

Loved it until we actually used it

Normal pack weight (fully loaded) = 25lbs or less
Person size = 6’ tall 185lbs

Originally, I bought the Exos 46 for my Girlfriend, Erin. She picked out the pack for it felt great. She was really happy with the pack during our initial tests and liked it for the first 10 miles of it’s maiden voyage. The pack was rubbing on the top of her butt (just below the hip line) so we switched packs “temporarily” to get through the hike… She really liked the Exos apart from the rubbing issue until she put on the Circuit. I haven’t used my Circuit since that day and I’ve been informed that it’s no longer “my pack”. I now have two trips complete where I carried the Exos 46 and that is what my review is based on.

* Pack lid is very convenient. First aid and other commonly used items are very easy to access
* The pack is very attractive. Looks great on the trail.
* The back panel helps keep you a bit cooler than other packs
* It doesn't transfer weight to your hips well. You have to constantly tighten the hipbelt very tight to ensure it transfers the weight to the hips and even then it still doesn't transfer the weight very well. With my ULA I never have to tighten the belt and it transfers the weight perfectly
* The bottom of the frame rubs on the top of your butt. This isn't noticeable on 4 or 5 mile walks but when we put in over 10 miles in a day it leaves a bruise which makes the following days miserable. This was an issue for both of us (Neither of us are obese).
* Hip pockets are stretchy. If you pack them full then tighten the hip-belt it becomes difficult to remove items from the pockets. Not a huge deal but very frustrating when your ziplock bag of trail mix is torn in half while trying to grab a snack on the go.
* Side pockets on the pack are way too tight. You can get a 1 liter bottle in them but it is a chore and it shouldn't be. I can get the bottles out but I always have Erin put my water bottle back in the pocket for me. Again, with the ULA, this was never an issue.

All said and done, this pack carries poorly which is the most important function of the pack. Aesthetically, the pack looks great but unfortunately I can’t move the pack down the trail by looking at it. I gave it a 2 because it’s feasible that the pack would carry better on a different body type, but for Erin and myself it’s not ideal.

I do not recommend this pack and I would not purchase it again.

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