Gear Review

4 5

Great pack that needs a little work

I have had this pack for the past year and enjoyed it. While it does lack useful pockets for organization, it is good in terms of comfort, quality and space. I love the trekking pole holders and the removable lid (that turns into a fanny pack). The outer stuff pocket becomes pretty useless if you fill the main compartment, and the J-zipper access was never really that useful to me due to its odd J design (does not open up all the way. My last complaint is that the padding on the back of the hip belt is rough and has caused me pain right on my lower back area after multiple days of heavy backpacking. Osprey decided to make that bit of padding that has direct contact with your lower lumbar region bumpy and slightly abrasive, hence causing discomfort after long periods. Overall I would give this pack a 4.5/5 stars if I could, the rough lumbar padding being my only real gripe. My last comment is not directly about the pack, but just a helpful hint about sizing. I am 5'10" and 150 lb's. I have always assumed I was a medium in pretty much everything because of my height. But it turns out that my torso length was exactly between a medium and a small. I originally went with a medium. This caused the shoulder straps to just barely not correctly hold the pack tightly against my back, causing my lower back pain after several hours of backpacking with a heavy load. The small size backpack fit much better and eliminated the problem. So if you are barely a medium or in between sizes, consider going down a size in this pack.

Great pack that needs a little work