Simply the best
I was looking for a backpack that had sufficient volume and that wouldn’t have the sweat running down my back - and the EXOS 58 is just the one!
Here I have comfort, plenty of volume and all the features I could wish for - all at a light weight that keep me running for hours and hours hiking wherever I want to go.
This has my top marks...
Loved it on the PCT
I've had this backpack for 6 months now. We hiked 2650 miles together from Mexico to Canada. And I loved every single step with this amazing backpack. Everything fit inside, it's super light and comfortable. I just a garbage bag inside to put my sleeping bag etc in there instead of a raincover and I loved it! My favourite part about the pack is the part where your back touches (but doesn't touch) the pack. The space in between is so comfortable and I was probably the only hiker that didn't sweat through their pack. :)
If I'll go back to doing a thruhike again, not without this pack. Carry that extra weight, it''s worth it!
Excellent pack once you get used to it's quirks
tl;dr - Less padding on the straps but you'll get used to it, Don't worry about the lack of hip belt pockets, you can access the side pockets through an extra access point.
I used this for a 3 day hike/camp in Yorkshire carrying all food and gear.
The pack takes a bit of getting used to, the back suspension system initially felt like the pack was loaded badly and sitting too far back. It wasn't, the load was cinched down nicely, and it was very stable. Also found that it took a while for my collarbone to adjust to the less padded strap, I ended the first day feeling a little bruised but that got better on subsequent days.
I was a little worried about the lack of hip belt pockets but that didn't turn out to be a problem. The side pockets have two access points, top and rear, both are large enough to take a water bottle but crucially you can reach the rear access point while wearing the pack. I had a water bottle in one and trail snacks in the other, both perfectly accessible while hiking without removing the pack or even breaking stride.
The back suspension system turned out to be great, it was comfortable through the day and meant I didn't sweat through any parts of my clothing despite the baking weather.
Have just ordered and am excited. but could you please recommend which size raincover I should order?
Osprey Exos 58 backpack
I purchased this for a 4 day camping hike in the Grand Canyon, I have just used it on a 10 mile hike and have to say I found it quite confortable. There are a couple of things that could help: 1) Some enclosed instructions on having to adjust the backpack to sit comfortably without having to search the internet. 2) Some enclosed instructions on what to use the various straps and other cords for; this can be worked out eventually but some simple advice enclosed with the backpack would help. 3) Some small areas, bags, pockets to store things that are easily accessible when the pack in being worn such as somewhere that keys or a wallet could be put without having to take the backpack off!
I had an issue with my Osprey account for purchasing the backpack online, I wanted to pay with a CC from one country and ship to another but the address section would not permit me to do that, I just cannot believe how unintuitive and lacking in simple common sense large company web sites can be at times but I contacted Osprey and they came back very quickly with a solution.
Good pack, not for thruhiking
I would say that this is in general a good pack as we now it from Osprey, but it doesn't do well for what it's made for. I am currently Thruhiking the PCT and I've talked to many people who have the same pack and are also not really satisfied.
First of all this pack does neither have shoulder strap pockets nor hip belt pockets which are crucial to have small things accessible while you're on the trail so you can keep hiking and don't need to stop because you need to get stuff out of the pack. One might say that the side pockets can make up for it, because you can grab stuff out of them while you're walking, but it's just not the same as having shoulder strap or hipbelt pockets. Definitely the wrong place to cut weight osprey!
The second reason why so many people did not like this pack is the fit of it. I went to an outfitter and got and M-sized exos, which felt good at the store, but now when I am hiking all day long it doesn't feel good anymore. The sizing of the Hipbelt seems to be not well-planned. People loose a lot of weight on a thru hike, but don't loose height obviously. Therefore they need an M or L sized pack because of the length of their back but the Hip belt is way to big and so the weight of the pack is on you're shoulders rather than on your hips. My hip belt is always completely tightened. Bigger people have the opposite problem. The hip belt is way to small for their hips and the weight doesn't stay on their hips either. I get that the straps can't be adjustable but I still think that they don't fit as they should. The frame of the exos also really cuts in my hips which might be a personal problem because I haven't been hearing that from other people.
The compression straps on the side pockets seems unnecessary and I removed them. The bottom straps of this pack to hold for example your tent or sleeping mattress are light weight but just not really functional. I found it to be really hard to tighten it properly and it's just annoying. It's hard to do with cold hands and one of the two tighteners at the bottom already broke. Maybe two lightweight buckles or a spungee cord over the mesh pocket would have worked better.
People who use the top lid recommended that the flap thing is annoying to deal with, but I don't use the top lid. That might also be a minor disadvantage to deal with when you're using the actual top lid.
Of course this pack also has his Pros.
The mesh pockets seem pretty sturdy with the added nylon parts in it, but it is also not as flexible as the mesh pockets from the previous versions.
The air ventilation works really good, but it is questionable if something like that should be added to an ultra light pack.
Overall the pack seems really sturdy and well made as we know it from Osprey.
As I already said in the beginning: this is a good pack but not for what it's meant for. Out of 10 people probably four would like it. You can give it a shot if you want to and it might work but for me and for many other people it didnt. There are much better options on the market that you can look for.
Maarten van den Broek
Good at it what it's supposed to to.
As a bag that's optimisied to be light it excels. It's comfortable for medium loads and the stretchy front and water bottle pockets are enormous. But the reduced weight means it lacks everything that's not essential, like a zipper to access stuff lowed down, any organisation pockets, hip pockets, or any rigidity to speak of outside the aluminum frame. I also found my arms sometimes scraping off the nylon of the shoulder straps as I walked and if not packed carefully it would sway as I walked quite a bit.
Perfect for thru hike
I got this pack for the PCT this year, I'm currently half way and loving the pack. It's light and very durable. With the 58L there is no issue with fitting a bear canister in for the Sierras section too. Would happily recommend this pack to anyone doing similar trips.
Excellent bag, but not suitable for checked in luggage
I used this backpack on a 6month trip around South America and it was excellent light weight and has super cool features. Starting with the little loops on the zipper to all the small pocket. So for hiking purposes I'd totally recommend it. Unfortunately the aluminium frame is not made for being handled by luggage handlers, so make sure you'll just use it as carry on. First my frame bent and then eventually broke and that is quite devastating after spending all that money. It's basically useless one the frame is broken and Osprey doesn't repair broken frames. So be aware of that.
Worth every Penny
I actually purchased this at last minute on the day of our planned trek to Knoydart, a walk from Glenfinnan to Inverie, Scotland. The reason why I applaud this bag is not for its light weight and clever design, but how good it is on your back on long trip. I have a condition called Multiple Degenerative Disc Disease ( yes this condition exists, take it from me, am a medical professional) and need to look after my back carefully. So when my friends suggested the Trek over two nights and three days, I was panicking how my back would cope. I started looking online and tried various bags from different manufacturers and after getting fed up (understanding my back issues), the sales rep from Cotswold, recommended this and unfortunately they did not have in stock. So ended up in Ellis Brigham Braehead, where an another sales rep helped me out and 'sold' it to me. The bag never gave any trouble on the variable terrain and had no problems with my back even after. My friend who accompanied me on my bag hunt, ended up buying a Kestrel ( which was in his price bracket), but when he tried Exos on the trek, he was all praise for the bag. Yes it is not the most practical bag, but trust me it is the most comfortable bag you can take on long treks. I used LoweAlpine crag attack in past on day treks on scottish munros but always had a niggle in my back after the treks (not because of the bag, but my back). But carrying more weights and 3 day trek, i couldn't have asked for a better gear. Money well spent for me.
I am not sure about how long the material lasts, but even after rough use during the trek, no cuts or rips to the bag. I compensated not having a rain cover with a Poncho, which also served me as a sitting mat during breaks and as ground sheet in the porch of my tent.
Try the bag with weights before you buy and get the correct size.
(This review was left on a previous version of this product.)