In the new version:
removed the waist pockets
removed the pockets on the shoulder straps,
side and front pockets are less elastic and roomy.
The worst thing is that the aluminum frame with reliable fasteners was replaced with a 4mm wire frame with low-quality plastic mounts (one of them broke in the first trip, and now throw the backpack away).
P. S. The old version was a great backpack. The new version is just trash. I absolutely do not recommend buying a new version. Look for the old one. All positive reviews on the site about the old version.
Leicht, durchdacht, angenehm zu tragen
Ich könnte den Exos 48 jetzt insgesamt ca. einen Monat auf Tour mit bis zu 13kg testen. Der Tragekomfort ist legendär. Die Last wird gleichmäßig auf dem Rücken verteilt während der Spalt zwischen Netzrücken und Rucksack für Luftzirkulation sorgt - perfekt!
Bei einem Rucksack dieser Größe hatte ich noch nie einen so bequemen Beckengurt. Einziger Nachteil an diesem: es fehlt eine kleine Tasche dort für Kamera/Handy etc. Die gab es beim Vorgängermodell noch...
Die drei Außentaschen sind dafür umso besser designed: viel Platz und Flexibilität. Man kann zur Not auch mal zwei 1,5l Flaschen in einer Seitentasche verstauen. Das kompensiert meiner Meinung nach die fehlende Tasche am Beckengurt (und spart insgesamt Gewicht).
Durch die zahlreichen Riemen lässt sich effektiv das Volumen verkleinern oder nasse Wäsche zum trocknen am Rucksack aufhängen.
Etwas schwierig wird es bei Verwendung einer Trinkblase. Durch den Netzrücken befindet sich mittig an der Rückenplatte ein Kunststoffelement, das die beiden Alustäbe unter Spannung hält. Dieses stört aber sehr wenn man eine Trinkblase in das Einachubfach am Rücken stecken möchte. Mit ein bisschen Gefummel geht es aber auch irgendwie.
Nettes Feature: FlapJacket. Muss ich den Rucksack aus der Hand geben, z. B. beim Transport mit Bus o. ä., klipse ich immer den Deckel schnell und unkompliziert ab und nehme sie als "Handgepäck" mit. Hier könnte man durch einen kleinen Trick noch ein Feature einbringen: wenn man einen der beiden Clips des Deckels andersherum annäht (die beiden Cliphälften vertauscht), könnte man nach dem abclippen den Deckel wie eine Umhängetasche tragen.
ENG (for Osprey Team): if one of the two clips of the top bag would be the other way around, you could unclip the bag and then clip the clips together so you can use the bag as a hip belt or hang it around your shoulder. Would make a nice feature without much effort.
Brilliant bit of kit
I brought my exos 48 when I was looking for a new rucksack for use in my role as a member of Cornwall search and rescue team. It has plenty of space for all my kit and equipment. The removable top pouch is particularly handy. It's lightweight design makes it very comfortable even when it's on my back for several hours
I have had my Exos 48 for about 3 years and, in my opinion, it’s the best bag in its class at what it does.
At a shaving under 1.2KG, it’s light, but the frame makes it feel solid. It is a basic pack, just one large compartment, but the side and main outer mesh stretch pockets are the best features for me as they are huge and extremely convenient. You can easily fit a stove in the side pocket, in fact I can just squeeze my Jetboil Minimo in one which I cannot do with any other pack I have tested. First aid kit and water filter goes neatly into the other.
The main mesh pocket is large enough to hold a large 2 man tent flysheet (Terra Nova Quasar) which is perfect the morning after a storm when I want to keep it separate from the rest of my kit. Stash it in a dry bag for protection and shove it in the outer pocket. Bulky, but it works on multi day winter trips.
Using the Exos 48, my 3 season core pack weighs in at around 5KG: 1.2KG pack, 1.2KG sleeping bag, 1.8KG tent, 300g mat, 500g stove. For winter, add another 3KG.
The strap pockets are well thoughts out, I put a compass in one and camera in the other. Belt pockets are handy for snacks and a head torch.
I am considering getting the larger Exos 58 for winter as the 48 is a bit of a squeeze when I’m packing a fully geodesic tent and artic sleeping bag, but do I read that the mesh pockets have been removed? That might be a deal breaker...
Exos 48 (2014) and Exos 48 (2018) compared
Have used the Exos 48 2014 model and loved all of its features - the frame does not travel at all well with airport luggage handling as has been described by previous reviews - mine was severely bent although could be straightened to some extent and still useable - main disappointment with the new 2018 design is the loss of all the small pockets, hips, straps and the less stretchy side and back pockets - Exos in the 2014 design had a lot more in common with the ubiquitous running packs you see everywhere - the current design is more traditional and although there are some improvements a 2014 user such as myself is going to be disappointed
Zaino particolarmente leggero, con struttura e bretelle che permettono un'ottima aerazione. Ottimi i sistemi di regolazione. Manca però il coprizaino impermeabile incorporato e un'apertura nel fondo.
Good bag but flawed
Overall the feature set is pretty on par with similar lightweight bags. The biggest disappointment is the metal frame of the bag. This does a good job of holding the bag away from the body for ventilation but extends far too high above the bag and causes a big restriction on head movement. This means that you can't lift the head more than say 10 degrees above horizontal before the back of your head gets stopped by the frame. I guess this would be ok on a walking pack but the inclusion of an ice axe loop suggests the bag has far more vertical intentions. Pity really.
"Camino de Santiago" 1100km+"West Highland Way" 154km+"Rob Roy Way" 124km...
Excellent sac, comfortable, solide… rien à redire. Pour ceux qui comptent acheter ce sac, faire vraiment, vraiment attention à la taille! Ce sac doit absolument être à la bonne taille sinon il devient inconfortable. Ce sac permet de porter une charge maximale de 10 à 12 kg, PAS PLUS, il faut le savoir. J'ai porté ce sac chargé de 15 kg mais c'est trop limite, je ne le referrai plus, ce sac n'est tout simplement pas fait pour ça, il y a d'autres possibilités plus appropriées dans d'autres gammes. Aucunes traces d'usure après les trails cités plus haut, donc plus de 1200km... PARFAIT !
DID GOOD ON THE GR20
New to Osprey, the Exos 48 was recommended in the shop as lightweight with good ventilation in warm conditions. In the main it didn't disappoint during the 16 day slog on the GR20. The bag is comfortable to wear with tons of room for a hike of that length of time, including tent. I was carrying 10.5kg + 2 when the reservoir was filled. It was a good choice, especially noticeable when the temp climbed to 26 - 27C, the ventilation mesh on the back was excellent. The external pocket for carrying the often soaking wet tent was also a welcome feature.
The slight downsides: after seven hours I often felt that the straps could be a tad wider for comfort; the mesh on the outer pocket now has holes in it, probably from catching on overhanging rocks, and could do with being a stronger material and i missed having a hip pocket for the camera.
I used lots of the accessories as well ; rain cover was given a thoroughly work out and did its job and fitted well; the internal dry sacked need the medium not the small; the reservoir had to be filled when the pack was empty as I found it impossible to slip into its pocket when there was anything else in the pack.
Overall, very pleased with the purchase.
Good for carrying light-medium loads
I'm 175 cm (69 inches) high, and I have the size Medium model.
Here's my thoughts about the backpack... They're marked with a "+" for positive, "*" for neutral and "-" for negative impression:
* Ths Exos 48 are good for carrying light to medium loads, say 10 to 13 kg (22 to 29 pounds).
+ It's superbly ventilated, so much that you might even feel cold on your back in windy conditions — I did, while wearing this backpack and a jacket with a mesh back near the coast.
- No hip-belt pockets or loops to make it easy to connect external pockets... I've found that this is something that I really miss!
+ The pack is light weight, and really comfortable for light loads! for light loads where I don't need find stuff in my bag frequently, I'd chose the Exos, even when I could do with a smaller pack.
- The downside to this ventilation is, that the center of gravity of the load you're carrying are pushed away from your body, making it harder to carry it, because you're pulled a bit more backwards, that you'd would have been if there weren't a trampoline against your back.
- Sometimes I find it necessary to put my hands on the shoulder-straps in order to pull the load closer to my back. I also tend to push my head forward to compensate the weight distribution, which couses soreness in the neck / upper back.
- When the shoulder straps and the load-adjusters (the straps to pull the upper part of the bag closer to your body) are cinched in, the shoulder straps make a little, but uncomfortable, fold against your back.
* The bag is somewhat wider at the bottom, and the lack of side or bottom access can make it hard to pack it well, and hard to retrieve smaller items in the bottom part of the pack.
+ The large mesh pockets, both at the side and the reinforced one on the front, are excellent for storing items that you'd like quick access to, such as a rain jacket.
- The padding on shoulder straps are a but too short, which means that the sternum strap tends to sit a bit high.
- The sternum strap doesn't have a elastic band, making it easier for the chest to move as you breathe... that's something which are easily fixable though.
+ The stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachments just work (they're common on Osprey packs).
- The flapjacket (the top-cover in cast you want to remove the lid) can't be removed... the lid are removable, but when it's used, the flapjacket are just in the way. It can't be used to close the bag, since it shares the connecting buckles with the lid.
* While it's good for walking, it's not good for cycling... the weight distribution are all wrong, and it pushes against your neck (I have a cyclocross cycle, which means that I might be in a more forward-leaned position, compared to a "normal" bicycle).
That's a lot of negative comments, but some of them are related, and could thus be combined, so consider whether some of the points might not be valid for you.
Overall I'd not recommend this pack to other people, but I guess that the 38 liter version might fare a bit better… at least when you're my height. A pack of this size are just too easy to make too heavy for what the carry system can comfortably handle. You should thought be able to improve comfort by carefully packing heavy items close to your back.
Suggestions for improvement:
* Hip-belt pockets, like the old version had.
* Swap the connecting buckles for lid/flapjacket in one side... let's say that the buckle consists of a male and a female component. By changing the lid and flapjacket to use a male-female connector, the flapjacket would be able to connect to itself, and hopefully use the buckles to "hug itself" into a small bundle, instead of being in your way when needing to access the main compartment.
* Removable flapjacket, letting the user decide to mount either the flapjacket or the lid (preferable the the suggestion above, albeit this one doesn't add any weight).
* Make the lid usable as a lumbar pack like on Xenith... The user could find something to stiffen the lid, like the "foam-mat" used in the Xenith lid.