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"New Exos vs Original" (Posted on 28/12/2016)
I bought the first version of Exos when it come out several years ago. I loved the pack! It is just amazing. The only bigger problem is durability in the lower part of the aluminium frame. Fabric around the frame wears out very quickly. This could be easily fixed with some rubber or other thicker and stronger material. Some other minor complaints are too small pockets in the shoulder straps and too short sleeping pad straps. Those shoulder strap pockets are too small for anything useful like gps or phone. Now after several years of hard use my Exos is starting to break down. Because of many times of overpacking I broke one of the side pocket zippers, fabric in the lid is too weak to hold on to tightening straps and some other places are worn out. I am now looking after buying a new Exos...
I noticed that Osprey has made some changes to the original design and some of the original problems are still there. I got a chance to examine a new Exos 58.
I am a bit disappointed in the new version:
- Should trap pockets are still too small
- Sleeping bag straps are still too short
- Top lid has now some fixed places (ladder system) and not anymore a strap with which you could tight the top lid in any height you wanted. This is a really poor change.
- New flapjacket top cover is completely unnecessary. Lid removal is hardly never necessary.
- Shoulder straps have now more padding. Unnecessary? There was nothing wrong with the original design which was a bit wider but with less padding.
- Waistbelt has now more padding and it feels a bit too thick and bulky. Original version was just like the shoulder straps: less padded but very good. One of the reasons I loved the original Exos series was this simple but good waistbelt.
- Waistbelt has now a bigger buckle! This is a good change. Original one was very small and sometimes a bit hard to use.
- Waistbelt tightening has changed. In the original one you had two loose strap ends to pull and it was very easy to tighten. Now the tightening strap end is sewn in and it is quite awkward to use. Poor change.
- Waistbelt pockets are now smaller :-( Original ones were big enough even for my garmin gps. These new ones are just too small. New material seems stronger but less flexible than the original fishnet.
- Outer zip pockets are now gone. This is okay as I rarely used them. When overpacking they were quite useless anyway.
- Airspeed backpanel seems a bit more curvier than in the original series or maybe this is because size S is shorter than size L?
This comparison is based on an original series Exos 58 L vs. new version Exos 58 S
Osprey Customer Service, 09/01/2017
Thank you very much for your feedback. We are constantly working to improve and refine our products and your comments will certainly be taken on board during the next product development opportunity on the Exos.
Osprey Customer Service
"A great pack" (Posted on 25/11/2016)
- Planning a JMT hike I bought an Ariel 65, but this seemed far too heavy so, I replaced it with the Exos 58. It proved ideal though I had to put the (empty) expedition bear canister on the outside with bungey cord, but managed at one point to have 11 days food inside it. I can't imagine why anyone would want a heavier or more robust sack, this is perfect.
"not perfect" (Posted on 03/10/2016)
1. Wo finde ich die Größenangabe??
2. Ein separates Bodenfach fehlt.
1. Very tricky to figure out what that means: S, M, L ?? (Y'll find in the user guide: S = 55l, M = 58l, L = 61l).
2. I miss sorely a bottom compartment.Osprey Customer Service, 03/10/2016
Thank you for your interest in Osprey.
The Exos series is available in 3 sizes S, M and L. The sizing refers to the backlength, using our PackSizer App it can accurately measure which size is best for you.
SM 38 - 48.5
MD 46 – 53.5
LG 51 - 60
In regards to the bottom compartment, this is not a feature that the Exos has due to it's aim to keep the pack as lightweight as possible.
"Ammarnäs-Hemavan med Exos 58 lastad med 18 kg packning" (Posted on 09/08/2016)
Det gick bara fint att fjällvandra med denna säck även fast jag provocerade maxvikten. Totalt inkl säck vägde min packning 19 kg. Turen gick bra och säcken fungerade.
Fördelar - enormt lätt säck som ändå sitter bra på ryggen.
Nackdelar - något tunna axelremmar som gör att på den fjärde dagen känns packningen av (då nere i 16 kg) MEN det fungerar ändå bra med tanke på att jag ligger på max av vad säcken klarar av. Regnskydd kanske skulle vara med men jag funderar hellre på en lätt regnponcho som också täcker säcken för att spara vikt. De mindre fickorna för powerbars mm kan i min värld tas bort och den extra vikt läggas på lite mjukar axelremmar och midjebälte.
Annars på det stora en enormt lätt och trevlig säck som fungerar även på längre vandringar.